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“Diaspora Smile� is a part of an ongoing photographic project that captures the joy of elderly Tibetan refugees who lived in exile for more than fifty years. I regularly took their portraits on the night after they have received private blessing from His Holiness Dalai Lama. In January 2009, I first began my journey with a group of 45 elderly Tibetan refugee. They are about 60-80 years old, coming from Tibetan Settlement in Main Pat to receive private audience from His Holiness Dalai Lama in Saranarth, India. The following year in January 2010 another 32 elderly Tibetan’s refugee from Bumtang Bhutan had cross Bhutan border for the first time since they took refuge there almost 50 year ago, in order to travel to Bodhigaya. Again in 2011 I again travel with 35 elderly Tibetan refugee from Choephelling Tibetan settlement in Miao, Arunachal Pradesh to Saranarth. This project was actually initialed from idea of Mr. Tenzin Losel, a Tibetan social worker, who have strong belief that a spiritual support is far more important than that material need, for the Tibetan community in exile. With a support and funding by SathirakosesNagapradipa Foundation, The organization that have strong emphasis on the spiritual well being of humanity from Thailand. I always believe that photography at its best has the capacity to transform the way people think and create social change, It can bring advocacy by perform its role as an evidence of injustice or inequity and be alternative voice. I also believe that a simple but powerful image can empower native community and strengthen their identity. which I regard crucial for the survival of various cultures in globalize world. my intention from beginning is to capture the sprit of Tibetan community in exile, which has collectively have tried to preserve the practice of Buddhism and Tibetan culture.

Most photographers often portray the image of Tibetan as an exotic culture on the verge of extinction, being destroyed by the Chinese in the process of modernization. To view Tibetans as victims, or unfortunates without the compassionate purpose is a project that is expected to serve as a dissociated point of view with an unsentimental empathy in the photograph's subjects. In such pessimistic scenarios, what is ignored is the spiritual potential of Tibetans who are able to adjust and survive in a changing world. So I try to avoid any kind of sentimental voyeurism of the western practice. In fact from the beginning I never had the

idea that these people are miserable. In contrast, I feel that they have such a rich experience in their lives that I should learn from. I want to show Tibetan dignity in their willingness to leave their homeland into another country, to show their courage their spirit and demonstrate how that can enrich our life. So we live together as friend who collaborative with a simple smile to one another as it seems to be impossible to use verbal communication, as I cannot speak Tibetan. However with their expression I try listen to their story and try to understand their life, which consisted of meaning that one should not to forget. I wait until I feel that they have trusted me, then I ask for permission to photograph them. Surprisingly many of them are so excited and just stood before my camera and smile as they always do when they meet me. Back in Bangkok while I was editing the work, I realized that I had a group of powerful portraits, in front of my camera. I had very old people who had gone through many experiences of great intensity already. These seemingly simple and straightforward portraits depict forcefully their pain and their dignity. However, with faith, they are able to show us that the people who have less materialize can be blissful in their belief and their life. Receiving private blessing from His Holiness Dalai Lama is their last quest in life, now many of them have already renounced the world and prepared themselves for hereafter. I wish those who have viewed these photograph will look at the Tibetan refugee in a new way, not as miserable political victim nor as an alien exotic being, but with a new respect. As friends who teach us that self-abnegation, is the secret of our survival in a harsh world today. Here, I have a true sample of the men and women of Tibet,whom humankind must learn from their attitude of life. So I hope this work is an invitation to discover the potential of simple image that have a power to fill our lives with compassion.

Bhanuwat Jittivuthikarn

...We are, after all, social animals. Without human the

friendship, without

human smile, our lives become miserable. The loneliness becomes

unbearable. Such human interdependence is a natural law--that is to say, according to natural law,

we depend on others to live. If, under

certain circumstances, because something is wrong inside us, our attitude toward our fellow human beings on whom we depend becomes hostile,

how can we hope to attain peace of mind or a happy life? According to basic human nature or natural law, interdependence--giving and receiving affection--is the key to happiness.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I felt  unequivocally  joy  and  truth  in  my  heart  when  I  saw  His  Holiness  yesterday.  I  also  felt  huge  virtuous  to  see  the  real  Buddha   in  his  form  and  an  immense  devotion  was  generated.  He  is  the  Buddha  who  always  helps  the  sentient  beings.”     Urti m 84 years old



of our lives is to be


H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I felt   very   happy   and   relieved.   My   time   left   in   this   life   is   short,   so   I   follow   his   advise   to   pray   a   l   lot   .   It   is   the   support   of   the   sponsors   that   had   given   us   the   opportunity   to   accumulate   merits   by   seeing   His   Holiness.   This   is   very   gracious   of   them.   It   is   the   support   of   the   sponsors   that   had   given   us   the   opportunity   to   accumulate   merits   by   seeing   His   Holiness.   This   is   very   gracious   of   them.”  

Tsultrim 72 years old

love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.

When we feel

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“My late  husband  was  ill  but  was  tightly  kept  under  watch  by  the  Chinese  till  his  death.  I  stayed  there  for  10  or  11  days  before  my   escape  with  a  help  from  a  person  who  knows  Nepalese  language.  When  I  arrived  here.  I  did  woolen  weaving  and  washings.  My   daughter  also  died  after  giving  birth  to  three  children.  Those  were  the  very  hard  time  to  me  Yes.  It’s  inevitable  to  death.    I  pray  to   His  Holiness  when  I  woke  up  and  get  to  the  bed  every  day  that  may  the  happiness  fall  on  this  world  and  on  Tibet,  and  the  Tibetans   in  Tibet  and  diaspora  get  united.”    

Woeser 85 years old

I love friends, I want more friends. I love smiles. That is a fact. How to develop smiles? There are a variety of smiles. Some smiles are sarcastic. Some smiles are artificial-­diplomatic smiles. These smiles do not produce satisfaction, but rather fear or suspicion. But a genuine smile

gives us hope, freshness. If we want a genuine smile, then first we must produce the basis for a smile to come.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“After so  many  years  in  exile,  I  still  miss  my  village.    I  think  of  it  a  lot,  I  imagine  myself  sat  on  the  hilltops,  where  we,  the  nomads   went  to  herd  animals.  There  were  not  much  trees.  It  was  grassland  and  there  were  many  flowers  in  summer.  That  was  the  happy   part  of  in  my  life  in  Tibet.    In  1959  I  decide  to  leave  Tibet  and  when  I  arrived  in  Sikkim,  I  had  nothing  with  me.  All  my  belonging  in   Tibet  was  confiscated.    The  officer  asked  where  I  wanted  to  go.  I  tell  them  to  send  me  wherever  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  was,   so  we  were  sent  to  Dharamsala.  When  the  first  time  I  saw  him  I  was  so  happy  that  I  shed  tears  with  full  happiness.  I  was  praying  to   see  him  again  and  again,  now  I  feel  very  lucky  to  have  seen  His  Holiness  again  on  my  verge  to  death.  This  has  happened  because   of  the  grace  of  His  Holiness  and  support  from  the  sponsors.  I  pray  for  the  good  health  and  happiness  to  them.”    

Dolma Yangzom 77 years old

We cannot be useful to ourselves unless we are also useful

to others.

Whether we like it or not, we are all connected, and it is

unthinkable to be happy all by oneself. Anyone who is only concerned by his own well-being will suffer eventually. Anyone who is only concerned with the well-being of others take care of himself without even thinking about it. Even if we decide to remain selfish, let us be intelligently selfish- let

us help other!

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I am   very   thankful   to   the   sponsors   who   helped   us   selflessly.   I   am   very   happy   and   pray   to   almighty   for   their   wellbeing,   long   healthy   life   and   good   fortune.   I   am   also   hopeful   that   they   may   carry   their   humanitarian   jobs   like   this   in   the   coming   future.  I  felt   very  virtuous  to  meet  His  Holiness  due  to  the  sponsors’  kindness.  It  was  also  my  good  fortune  to  see  and  hear  from  His  Holiness.  I   prayed  in  front  of  His  Holiness  to  get  the  ultimate  enlightenment  to  the  sponsors  who  selflessly  helped  us.”    

Lhakyi 72 years old

If you want others to be happy, practice If you want to be happy,


practice compassion.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I have  never  received  any  opportunity  to  audience  with  His  Holiness  Dalai  Lama  like  this  before.  His  Holiness  is  kind  enough  to   see  poor  old  women  like  me,  who  don’t  have  non-­‐‑to  depend  on.  What  little  I  have;  spends  onto  the  eating  and  surviving.  Hence,   this  kind  of  pilgrimage  opportunity  makes  me  felt  very  auspicious  and  fortunate.”  

Jigme Wangchuke 81 years old

If you have a religious faith, then pray or meditate according to your religious. If your mind is still clear,

reflection the fact that birth,

sickness old age and death are part of every human life and are inescapable. Recognizing this and accepting it fully will help you grow old more peacefully

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“All human  beings  need  happiness  but  there  are  different  approaches  to  seek  it,  as  a  Buddhists  we  seek  happiness  through  one’s   own  mind  and  not  from  physical  things.  The  happiness  sought  through  external  means  brings  suffering  in  the  end.  Hid  Holiness   the  Dalai  Lama  also  teaches  us  to  be  a  good  human  being  and  help  others.  You  can’t  harm  if  you  can’t  help  others.  This  is  the  main   teaching  of  that  I    had  learn  by  heart.”  

Kelsang Tenzin 72 years old

Inner happiness is not determined by material circumstances or sensual gratification.

It depends on our mind.

The most vital thing is to

recognize how important this kind of happiness really is.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“When I   came   from   Tibet,   one   has   to   come   across   big   mountains,   face   huge   snow   laden   paths,   and   had   to   walk   in   icy   muddy   trenches.  Sometime,  a  large  number  of  people  find  themselves  stranded  and  standing  on  their  feet  in  icy  muddy  places.  Humans   and  horses  used  to  fall  in  the  ditches  and  lots  of  other  problems  were  there.  This  settlement  was  not  here  when  I  came.  Initially  it   was   a   small   place   with   nothing.   Gradually   we   built   houses   and   others   with   the   aid   from   western   countries.   No   buildings   were   there  and  not  even  this  monastery.  There  was  a  carpet  centre  only.  We  all  worked  very  hard  by  knitting  carpets,  weaving  wools   and   even   doing   manual   labors.   This   was   how   we   survived.   My   last   and   foremost   hope   is   to   have   a   Kalachakra   initiation   in   the   grounds   of   Potala   in   Lhasa   by   the   present   His   Holiness   the   Dalai   Lama   with   the   Tibetans   in   diaspora   and   Tibet   together,   in   the   same  way  as  we  are  receiving  the  32nd  Kalachakra  initiation  in  here  in  Bodh  Gaya.”  

Karma 86 years old

NEVER GIVE UP No matter what is going on Never give up Develop the heart Too much energy in your country Is spent developing the mind Instead of the heart Be compassionate Not just to your friends But to everyone Be compassionate Work for peace In your heart and in the world Work for peace And I say again Never give up No matter what is going on around you Never give up

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“May His  Holiness’  life  not  marred  by  any  obstacles.  May  Dhramma  prevail  on  earth.  May  my  country  regain  its  freedom.    .    May  I   return  to  my  country  .  May  the  sufferings  of  all  sentient  beings  come  to  an  end.”  

Gyaltsen 82 years old

We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“According to  Buddhism,  we  believe  in  next  birth  which  is  countless.  When  we  die  our  body  ceases  to  live  but  our  soul  travels  to   another   life.   Hence,   the   purpose   of   doing   well   in   this   life   is   to   have   a   decent   next   birth   and   do   service   to   others……I   was   once   young  and  capable  of  doing  anything  but  now    I  have  grown  old  and  most  of  my  times  were  spend  on  religious  activities  I  woke   up  around  3  AM  in  the  morning  and  start  circumambulating  the  temples  and  hence  accumulating  merit.  By  circumambulating  the   temples,  I  am  not  only  accumulating  merits  but  also  having  physical  exercises.  I  also  doing  full-­‐‑length  prostration.”      

Yeshi Chodon 76 years old

Death is a critical time, so it is very helpful to prepare oneself for it. We should reflect on the fact it is unavoidable. We should acknowledge that it is an integral part of life, since life necessarily has beginning

and an end. It is futile to try to escape it.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“His Holiness   the   Dalai   Lama   had   worked   very   hard   from   very   young   age   to   this   day   to   resolve   the   Tibetan   and   Chinese   crisis   through  peaceful  means  for  the  benefit  of  both  the  countries.  The  Tibetans  not  only  pray  to  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  but  world   as  whole  has  been  doing  this.  He  is  a  religious  teacher  to  all  of  us.  I  want  to  show  my  respect  for  His  kindness.  Today  in  Bodhi   Gaya  the  Tibetans  from  all  over  the  world  are  coming  here  by  overlooking  all  of  their  hardship  just  to  see  and  hear  from  Him.  He  is   the  savior  of  this  life  as  well  as  our  next  lives.”    

Lobsang Chodak 81 years old





satisfying the sense alone.

of human being does not depend on

Above all they depend on mental


H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“His Holiness   the   Dalai   Lama   is   the   Buddha   in   real   form   and   always   in   service   of   all   the   sentient   beings.   I   take   refuge   of   my   present  and  next  lives  in  him.  With  the  help  from  the  outside  world,  I  wish  the  sun  of  happiness  will  shine  over  the  Tibet  and  will   benefit   all   the   sentient   beings.   It   is   my   deep   hope   that   this   will   definitely   happen.   For   me   I   am   very   happy   to   come   to   this   pilgrimage  in  Bodhi  Gaya,  I  also  pray  for  the  benefit  of  people  who  assist  me  to  this  pilgrimage.  “  

Namgyel 86 years old

Every one   of   us   is   getting   older,  

which is   a   natural  

process. Time  is  constantly  moving  on,  second  by  second.  Nothing   can   stop   it,  

but what   we   can   do   is   use   our   time  

properly; that  is  in  our  hands.  Whether  we  believe  in  a  spiritual   tradition  or  not,  we  need   to   use   our   time   meaningfully.   If  over  days,  weeks,  months  and  years,  we  have  used  our  time  in  a   meaningful   way,   when   our   last   day   comes,   we'ʹll  

be happy,  

we'ʹll have  no  regrets.  

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“His Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  has  been  working  very  hard  towards  the  benefit  of  not  only  for  the  Tibetans  but  also  the  world  as  a   whole.  I  was  thinking  of  repaying  His  kindness  and  trying  to  do  my  best.  Under  His  Holiness  directions  I  have  been  living  healthy   to  this  day  and  I  will  pray  to  His  Holiness  to  remain  in  good  health  in  future.”   Ngawang  Dorji  79  year  old  

Material poverty thought. is why,

should not prevent you from having


And in fact, these are far more important than wealth. That

as long as one has a human brain and body, even if

one is poor, one has the main thing, so there is no reason to feel discouraged or retreat inside oneself.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I was  very  fortunate  to  see  Him  before  my  death.  I  am  very  thankful  to  the  sponsors  and  praying  for  their  welfare.  I  am  also   praying  to  His  Holiness  that  I  want  to  see  my  country  again  before  my  death.  “    

Lobsang Tsering 78 years old




are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“My dream  is  to  return  back  to  Tibet  and  greet  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  to  Tibet.  To  happen  this,  all  the  Tibetans  in  diaspora   need  to  work  really  hard  as  per  the  wishes  of  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama.  The  biggest  hope  of  the  Tibetans  in  Tibet  is  also  to  greet   His  Holiness  to  Tibet  and  many  of  them  have  already  been  sacrificing  their  lives  for  this."ʺ  

Samgay Norbu 73 years old

Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to

expand my heart out to others;

to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

I am going to

have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I

am going to benefit others as much as

I can.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I was  the  very  first  group  of  refugee  to  be  settle  in  maintpat  settlement  ,  here  I  make  living  by  become  a  farmer,  I  can  recall  when   His  Holiness  visit  us  at  the  camp  in  1963  ,  Because  his  Holiness  grace  that  I  survive  here  with  out  any  difficult  ,  we  the  Tibetan  are   like  his  children,  I  try  to  follow  everything    His  holiness  teach  us  ,  but  I  can  tell  you  the  most  difficult  thing  to  follow  is  compassion     to  be  true  compassion  and  totally  forgive  an  enemy    like  what    His  holiness  did  is  something  I  still  can  not  do.  The  last  thing  I  wish   in  my  life  is  go  back  to  Tibet  which  is  impossible  because  now  I  am  an  old  man,  I  move  to  old  people  home”  

Gyaltsen Dudup 84 years old

I have found that the greatest degree of

inner tranquility comes from

the development of love and compassion.

The more we care for the

happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of wellbeing. Cultivating a close, warm-hearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It

is the ultimate source of success in life.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“His Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  has  been  working  very  hard  towards  the  benefit  of  not  only  for  the  Tibetans  but  also  the  world  as  a   whole.  I  was  thinking  of  repaying  His  kindness  and  trying  to  do  my  best.  Under  His  Holiness  directions  I  have  been  living  healthy   to  this  day  and  I  will  pray  to  His  Holiness  to  remain  in  good  health  in  future.”    

Sonam Yonden 86 years old

I will soon be 77 years old, If from time to time I did not accept deep down that my physical body has grown older over the years, I would find it difficult to come to term with my condition.

When you are old, be

aware of what that really means, without deceiving yourself, and try to make the most of it.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“When I  was  in  Tibet,  I  had  a  long  life  religious  service  performed  to  His  Holiness,  then  I  joined  Chu-­‐‑Shi-­‐‑Gang-­‐‑Druk  organization   and  came  to  Gangtok,  and  years  later  on  joined  Lo  organization  voluntarily.  Until  this  age,  I  have  been  working  to  the  cause  of   Tibet  without  thinking  of  the  monetary  benefits  and  without  creating  any  rift  among  the  Tibetans.    I  learn  that  the  sponsors  have   helped  the  old  people  in  many  occasions  including  this  Hence,  I  request  you  to  continue  the  project  by  helping  the  poor  needy  old   people  like  us  who  are  scattered  in  many  other  Tibetan  settlements.  I  pray  this  to  happen  from  the  core  of  my  heart  and  also  pray   that  the  success  befall  on  the  sponsors’  deeds  in  the  coming  futures.”    

Dorjee 86 years old

Commonsense shows that human life is short-lived and that it is best to make of our brief sojourn on this Earth something that is useful


oneself and others.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“When I  reached  the  top  of  the  pass  between  the  border  of  Tibet  and  Bhutan,  I  turned  towards  the  direction  of  Tibet  and  I  prayed   that  I  should  have  the  chance  to  return  to  Tibet  soon.  Though  my  life  was  difficult  in  Tibet,  still  my  heart  did  not  wish  to  leave.  But   I   was   compelled   to   and   so   I   walked   towards   the   Bhutanese   army   camp.   That   was   the   last   time   I   see   Tibet.   …..With   the   support   from  the  sponsors,  today  I  got  not  only  to  see  His  Holiness  but  also  to  hear  teachings  from  Him.  I  feel  very  virtuous.  I  always  pray   for  this  opportunity.”  

Lhamo 81 years old

Ask your self what

can you still contribute to the society which

you depend. With knowledge you have gained, you can certainly be more useful to other than people who not live so long . Talk

about life

with your family and your love ones, and share experience with them. If you enjoy being with your grandchildren communicate some of your understanding as you are looking after them and help to educate them.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“We are  here  in  Bodh  Gaya  for  the  pilgrimage  and  saw  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama.  He  is  the  only  protector  of  ours  this  life  and   the   next   lives.   What   I   feel   about   His   Holiness   is   that   His   Holiness   is   omniscient.   He   leads   dead   to   the   heaven   and   protects   the   livings.  I  am  very  happy.  I  thank  to  you  three  people  with  Losel  for  this.”  

Dolkar 70 years old

According to Buddhism, it is important to train ourselves right now so that we can die well. When our vital functions cease, the gross level of consciousness dissolve and the subtle consciousness, which does not depend on a physical support, manifest and offer unique opportunity to seasoned practitioner to progress toward

enlightenment, that is why particularly

in the tantras, one finds many meditation methods aimed at preparing the practitioner for the

moment of death.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“After seeing  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama,  I  felt  that  now  I  don’t  regret  even  death  falls  on  me.  This  is  very  happy  moment  for  me.   This  all  happened  due  to  the  help  from  the  sponsors.  My  husband  passed  away  years  ago  and  to  depend  on  I  had  a  son,  which  too   passed  away.  I  have  a  daughter  but  she  has  been  married  to  other  family.  So  I  am  now  living  in  Old  people  home.”  

Kungsang Tsomo 80 years old

Above all ,

Do not end up like those old people who

complaint and quarrel all day long. Do not waste your energy in that way. Nobody will ever like you and

old age

will become a real


H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“When  the  Chinese  invaded  our  country.  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  has  safely  refuge  in  India,  so  I  follow  him  here,  I  feel  that   our  main  institution  is  still  survive.  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  is  the  most  precious  wealth  &  the  soul  of  Tibet.  He  is  like  my  heart   and   When   I   have   this   kind   of   audience   it   is   my   biggest   accomplishment.   This   kind   of   opportunity   is   very   rare.   Because   of   His   Holiness,  I  think  wherever  the  Tibetans  will  be  there  is  still  hope.  I  will  not  lose  courage.”    

Tashi Norbu 82 years old

If you


life becomes sweeter. After all,

if I smile at you, you will smile back!

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I had  a  splendid  audience  with  His  Holiness  and  I  am  very  happy.  The  credit  goes  to  the  generous  sponsors.  I  still  feel  delighted   in  my  heart.  After  an  audience  with  His  Holiness  I  do  not  wish  anything  more  in  this  life  but  if  possible  please  help  us  get  Tibet   independent,  if  we  don’t  get  Tibet  independence  in  His  Holiness  lifetime  our  Buddhist  heritage  will  be  lost.  Our  religious  is  the  last   thing  we  got  along  with  his  Holiness  Dalai  lama.”    

Lhami Bhuli 77 years old


modern society,




we tend to overlook what I call natural human




In childhood it is easy to make friends, you only have to

laugh with someone once and immediately you are friends. Children do not ask about each other’s race or profession. The main thing is that the other person is a human

being like us and that we relate to him or her.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I reached  here  without  difficulty  on  my  way.  I  have  a  good  place  to  live  comfortably  in  here  and  my  all  needs  taken  care  of.  I  am   happy  and  am  very  thankful  to  the  sponsors.  I  will  request  His  Holiness  to  live  very  long.  May  He  set  happiness  to  all  the  sentient   beings   and   peace   on   earth?   I   felt   very   happy   and   enjoyed.   His   Holiness   tell   me   to   do   more   prayer,   thoughtfulness   and   to   help   others  including  animals.”  

Pema Lhamo 66 years old


inner resilience  

it is   possible,   even   in   extremely  

aggravating circumstances,   to   maintain   a   degree   of   happiness,   And   yet   without   this   inner   strength,   no   amount   of   sensual   gratification  can  ever  make  us  happy.  

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“My first  escape  from  Tibet  were  unsuccessful  we  got  lost  along  the  way  to  border.  Then  later  on  when  we  know  another  direction   we  tried  again  we  reach  Pokara  in  Nepal  before  being  transfer  to  Shimla  to  build  road.  During  that  hardwork  I  come  to  understand   about  suffer  of  Tibet  as  a  nation  as  all  people  who  work  there  is  a  Tibetan  who  have  lost  our  home.  When  was  a  young  man  I  was   angry  with  Chinese  a  lot,  I  join  Regiment  22  of  Indian  Army  where  I  hope  to  get  a  chance  to  fight  back  for  Tibet.  However  this   never  happen.  Today  in  the  presence  of  His  Holiness  I  have  a  sense  that  he  is  my  Guru  I  can  feel  inner  link  with  His  Holiness  for   many  past  of  my  life.  I  wish  I  can  follow  him  where  ever  he  may  go.  “   Lhundup  Choeden  74    years  old  

If you are religious person, then

at the moment of death you

should reconnect with your faith and pray.

If you believe in

God , tell yourself that even if it is sad to come to the end of one’s life, God must have his reason and death is something profound that you are unable to fathom, this

thought will definitely help you.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I felt,   I   was   woken   from   death   after   seeing   His   Holiness   the   Dalai   Lama.   It   was   a   big   blessing.     I   can’t   say   anything   but   pray   for   His  Holiness  long  life.  I  also  pray  to  Him  to  not  let  me  fall  in  the  Hell  realms  after  my  death,  and  to  see  Him  again  and  again.”    

Pasang 82 years old

As for me, I always want more see more smiles, or diplomatic.

real smiles,

Some smiles

engender suspicion or fear. authentic feeling of freshness,

to human beings.


I love


and my wish is to

for there are many kinds—sarcastic, artificial, don’t arouse any satisfaction, and some even

An authentic smile,

though, arouses an

and I think the smile belongs only

If we want those smiles, we must create the reasons

that make them appear.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“To have  a  special  audience  with  His  Holiness  definitely  has  given  me  a  big  happiness.  Seeing  His  face  even  made  me  calm.  I  felt  I   have  accumulated  big  merits.  This  was  happened  due  to  the  support  of  the  sponsors.  I  can’t  visit  like  this  by  myself  due  to  age  and   money   problems.   I   am   thankful   to   them.   I   am   very   happy   now.   The   sponsors   have   taken   care   of   everything   without   any   worry.   I   feel  very  grateful  of  them.”      

Molam 74 years old

It is true to say that most of us dislike thinking about our own death. We spend most of our live amassing possessions or embarking on endless number of projects, as though we were going to live for ever, as though it was not absolutely certain that one day- tomorrow perhaps, or even in the next moment- we

will leave everything behind.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I felt  very  good.  I  am  in  eighties  plus  of  age  and  thought  of  not  going  to  see  His  Holiness.  However,  the  sponsors  have  done  a   good  job  by  bringing  me  here  this  time.  I  wanted  to  see  Him  before  my  death  and  I  got  this.  Now  I  feel  good.  kind  enough  to  bring   us  for  the  pilgrimage.  Without  them,  I  may  not  have  seen  His  Holiness.”      

Gyaltsen 82 years old

Let us Cultivate

love and compassion, both of which give true meaning

to life. This is the religious I preach, more so than Buddhism itself. It is simple. Its moral values are


and respecting others, whoever they

may be. Whether one is layperson or a monastic,

we have no other

option if we wish to survive in this world.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“His Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  is  the  most  precious  wealth  &  the  soul  of  Tibet.  He  is  like  my  heart  and  hence  to  have  this  kind  of   audience  is  my  biggest  accomplishment.  This  kind  of  opportunity  is  very  rare.    On  the  day,  when  I  met  His  Holiness,  I  thought  I   got   whatever   I   need   and   felt   very   happy.   I   will   request   Him   to   live   thousands   of   years   and   return   back   to   Tibet   –   the   land   of   Buddhism  at  the  earliest.  I  always  pray  to  see  Him  return  to  Tibet  and  live  very  long.”    

Tsering 69 years old

There is a saying in Tibetan,

source of strength. experience is, if

Tragedy should be utilized as a

No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful

we lose our hope, that’ʹs our real disaster.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“From many  generation  from  my  great  grand  father  have    been  told  a  story  about    grace  of  Dalai  Lama  ,  But  no  one  in  my  family   ever  have  enough  merit  to  see  Dalai  Lama  ,  Now  I  have  meet  His  Holiness  Dalai  lama  with  my  own  eye  I  feel  that  I  have  seen  the   most  important  person  in  my  life.  Because  of  His  Holiness,  we  the  Tibetan  are  getting  many  help  from  international  so  we  have   survived.  Physically  I  am  well  being  but  inside  I  still  hurt  by  the  lost  of  Tibet,  I  have  no  choice  but  think  it  as  karma  from  past  life.”    

Tashi Tsering 66 years old

Laughing is a characteristic of the Tibetans, who are different in this from the Japanese or the Indians. They are very


like the Italians, rather

than a little reserved, like the Germans or the English.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I can’t   walk  properly  due  to   age   and   health   problem   but   I   am   very   happy.   I   will   not   regret   even   if   death   comes   tomorrow.   After   seeing  His  Holiness  even  if  death  comes  to  me,  I  don’t  regret.”    

Kungsang Norbu 69 years old

The life of exile is an unfortunate life,

but I have always tried to

cultivate a happy state of mind,

appreciating the opportunities this

existence without a settled home, far from all protocol, has offered me. This way I have been able to preserve my inner


H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I became  a  monk  at  the  from  age  of  7-­‐‑25  ,  my  life  as  a  monk  in  the  Gaden  Monastery  is  very  simple  and  happy  I  was  a  staff  monk   whose  duty  is  make  preparation  of  food  for  5,600  monks  in  Gaden  Monastery  .  I  was  allowed  to  watch  His  Holiness  Dalai  lama   debate  during  his  examination.  His  Holiness  was  very  young  at  that  time.    One  month  after  Lasha  fall  I  decide  to  escape  by  foot   with  other  monk  it  took  me  26  days  to  walk  to  Tawang  border,  I  have  return  to  Tibet  once  in  1985  and  I  saw  Gaden  Monastery  been   much  destroy.  In  India  I  denounce  my  monkhood,  and  voluntary  work  as  a  cook  for  the  community  for  27  years  ,  Nothing  now  I   want  more  in  this  life.  My  life  will  go  on  at  whatever  depend  on  my  karma.  I  am  now  give  away  my  wealth  and  now  living  in  an   old  people  home.  “  

Dawa Tsering 84 years old

We must recognise that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity.

The happiness of one person or nation is

the happiness of humanity.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“Living under  Tibetan  government  in  exile  I  have  nothing  to  complain  even  we  lost  our  country,  we  lost  our  family  and  friend  but   what  we  still  have  here  is  the  three  Ratana(  Three  Jewel  of  Buddhism)  ,  with  the  bless  from  his  holiness  Dalai  lama  I  pray  that  I  will   not  getting  sick  that  is  my  happiness.”  

Jampa Phuntchok 73 years old

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot


H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I am  very  fortunate  enough  to  hear  the  teachings  of  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama.  I  feel  calm  in  front  of  him.  I  am  old  and  this  type   of  opportunity  will  be  hard  to  find  in  future.  It  was  a  good  happening.  The  sponsors  are  really  grateful.  I  will  say  prayer  as  far  as   possible  for  their  well-­‐‑being.  How  small  it  may  be,  I  will  light  lamps  to  their  good  fortune.”  

Namgyel Dolma 74 years old

It is very important to generate a good attitude, a good heart, as much as possible. From this,


in both the

short term

and the


term for both yourself and others will come.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“Only to  see  His  Holiness  is  good  enough  for  me,  but  His  Holiness  had  talk  to  me  ,  old  men  with  the  white  hair  how  old  are  you  ?     I  was  speechless    ‘How  many  children  do  you  have  ?  ’      I  say  I  have  non  and  now  stay  in  old  people  home.  He  then  say  ‘human  life   is  short  so  you  should  pray  a  lot  and  don’t  quarrel  to  other  people,  then  you  will  be  fine.’  I  did  not  expect  His  Holiness  to  talk  to   me,  this  is  more  than  enough  for  poor  person  like  me  to  be  happy  for  the  rest  of  his  life.”  

Sonam 80 years old

Smile if you want a smile from another face.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“When I  was  in  Tibet  I  don’t  know  much  about  anything  I  just  continue  everyday  with  out  thinking  much,  now  I  am  in  foreign   land  for  more  than  fifty  years,  in  an  early  year  I  would  hear  people  talking  that  we  will  going  back  to  Tibet    soon.  It  is  this  hope   that  keeps  me  going.  For  many  years  had  pass  and  I  know  that  I  cannot  go  back.    I  try  to  think  it  as  our  Karma  and  I  lost  my  hope   for  myself  to  return  to  Tibet  but  I  still  pray  everyday  for  young  people  that  they  still  can  make  Tibet  be  independent  and  go  home.”  

Karma Dondup 78 years old

When we are young and again when we are old, we depend heavily on the affection

of others. Between these stages we usually feel

that we can do everything without help from others and that other people´s affection is simply not important.

But at this stage I think it is very

important to keep deep human affection.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I felt  very  happy.  Usually  it  is  difficult  to  get  His  audience.  This  time  I  have  seen  Him  very  closely.  It  was  my  happiest  and  most   enjoyable  moment  of  life  to  see  the  real  Buddha  in  the  form  of  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama.  A  pathetic  old  woman  like  me,  reached   here  in  India  due  to  His  Holiness  Grace.  I  am  very  happy.  I  pray  for  the  good  health  for  him.”    

Kyizom 82 years old

Medical science   increasingly   suggests   that   a   person,   who   is  

happy and   peaceful,   free   from   fear   and   anxiety,   will   enjoy   tangible   health   benefits.   So   I   consider   it   a   simple   truth   that   this   body  of  ours  is  meant  for  a   happy   life.  A   happy   mind  is  a  

healthy mind,  and  a  healthy  mind  is  a  good  for  the  body.      

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I wish  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  for  his  long  life  of  thousands  of  years  and  may  Tibet  regain  its  freedom    as  soon  as    possible.   Whatever  I  may  say,  my  only  aim  is  to  go  back  to  Tibet.  I  go  for  the  refuge  to  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  and  it  is  His  generosity   that  I  live  to  this  day.  “    

Kunga Chime  79    year  old  

When we grow old if we have no religious faith the most important thing to recognize is that our fundamental sufferings-birth, sickness, old age, and death-are an inherent part of life.

As soon as we have taken birth,

we cannot avoid growing old and dying. That is how it is pointless to say this is unfair or that it should be different.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I am  very  old.  Due  to  my  karmic  actions,  I  got  a  good  sponsors  like  them  and  was  able  to  see  His  Holiness  without  any  obstacles.   This   was   very   fortunate   to   me.   My   parents   used   to   tell   me   in   Tibet   that   His   holiness   Dalai   Lama   is   our   king   and   he   is   the   Avalokitesvara,  the  patron  saint  of  Tibet'ʹ  in  flesh  to  whom  we  can  seek  refuge.  I  remember  my  parents  telling  me  that  everything  is   in  his  hands  and  that  he  is  our  root  guru  Today,  for  me  I  have  no  one  but  His  Holiness  to  pray  to.  He  is  the  manifestation  of  the   Chenrezig.”    

Sonam Choephel 81 years old

By inner   values   I   mean   the   qualities   that   we   all   appreciate   in   others,  toward  which  we  all  have  a  natural  instinct  or  in  single   word,  compassion.    

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“Due to  my  paralysis  disease.  I  am  in  very  bad  shape  and  even  can’t  hold  anything  with  my  hands  and  walk  either.  I  am  very  glad   to  have  an  audience  with  His  Holiness  .  Now  I  have  seen  Him  and  heard  Him,  and  don’t  need  anything  further.”  

Lhundup Khechok  74  years  old  

You might consider things like old age and death as negative, unwanted, and simply try to forget about them.

But eventually those things

will come anyway.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“When I  arrive  in  the  settlement  I  think  I  would  only  be  here  for  a  few  years  and  then  I  could  return  to  Tibet,  but  then  a  few  years   passed  and  then  follow  by  a  few  more  years.  I  pray  that  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  will  live  long  and  that  we  will  get  a  chance  to   go  back.  So  many  years  have  passed  and  the  only  thing  left  that  I  can  do  is  to  pray  that  we  will  get  the  chance  to  go  back  during   His   Holiness'ʹ   lifetime.   I   thank   to   the   sponsor   once   again.   You   have   given   us   this   golden   opportunity   that   is   hard   to   find.   I   am   thankful  to  you  again.”  

Tsowo 81years old

It is  clearly  the  case  that  genuine   friendship  can  only  be  based   on   trust   and   affection,   which   can   only   arise   when   there   is   a   mutual  sense  of  concern  and  respect.  So  feelings  of   isolation  or  

loneliness, do   not   come   from   there   mere     external   presence   of   other,  or  from  outer  appearance  of  friendship,   but   from   one’s  

own attitude    of  concern  and  respect  toward  others,   their  ultimate  source  is  within  us.    

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“Me and  My  Brother  were  both  were  monk  during  the  childhood  in  Tibet.  After  the  annexation  of  our  country  by  the  Chinese  in   1959   we   fled   our   country   with   no   special   working   skills   for   our   survival.   So,   when   we   reached   here   we   did   woolen   weaving,   manual  labor  and  all  the  other  kinds  of  job  just  to  survive.  Now,  he  is  80  and  I  am  75  years  of  age,  we  have  become  very  old  to  do   any  hard  work.  We  are  just  living  here  with  a  prayer  all  the  time  to  see  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  return  to  Tibet,  and  Tibetans  in   diaspora   and   in   Tibet,   live   together,   and   enjoy   the   human   freedom   without   any   hindrance.   The   death   is   inevitable   and   doesn’t   matter  where  I  die.  But  it  is  my  deep  wish  and  always  praying  to  almighty  to  see  my  country  once  before  my  death.”        

Karma Gyalsten  74  years  old  





is but an

bad, acceptance

apparition, or


having nothing to do with one may well burst out in


H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“Around 1960   When   I   was   12   years   old   I   leave   Tibet   with   my   parent   and   other   people   from   my   village.   I   end   up   in   mainpat   settlement    and  now  work  in  farming  .  Losing  our  country  I  have  learn  that  both  happy  and  suffer  is  normal  to  human  life.  Now    I   only  wish  to  go  back  to  Tibet    when  it  free  ,  to  return  to  my  Nomad  lifestyle    even  I  no  longer  have  any  relative  there  I  still  want  to   go  back  ,  Tibet  is  my  home  that  why  I  want  to  go  back.  To  see  His  Holiness  The  Dalai  lama    have  give  me  an  inner  happiness  ,  I   don’t  know  why  and  how  but  I  do  believe    since  everything  around  me  is  bless  by  His  Holiness  so  I  will  be  fine  ,  whatever  His   Holiness  say  I  try  to  follow  his  path.”    

Tashi Chozom 65 years old

There is an old Tibetan saying:

wherever you feel at home, you

are at home. If your surroundings are pleasant, you are at home.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“His Holiness   the   Dalai   Lama   is   the   most   accomplished   and   successful   among   the   lineage   of   the   Dalai   Lamas.   He   has   received   Nobel  Peace  Prize  and  is  one  of  the  great  spiritual  leaders  of  the  world.  His  Holiness  the  14th  Dalai  Lama  is  an  unmatched  spiritual   teacher  and  a  great  person.  I  pray  to  him  for  the  freedom  of  Tibet  and  also  pray  to  the  world  community  to  support  Him.”    

Palden 80 years old

When talking about the nature of impermanence we must bear in mind that there are two levels. One is the coarse level, which is quite obvious and is the cessation of a life or an event, But the impermanent nature which is being taught in the four noble truth refer to the more subtle aspect of impermanence

which is transitory nature of existence.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“Having been   born   into   this   samsara,   Our   present   Life   happy   or   not   it   is   depending   on   our   past   karma,   everybody   has   some   amount  of  suffering  in  life.  Some  are  suffer  more  than  other  there  is  nothing  for  me  to  complain,  to  see  His  Holiness  today  there  is   nothing  happier  than  this  for  me.  When  I  look  back  on  those  hard  days  in  Tibet,  I  feel  so  happy  now.  We  had  freedom  to  practice   religion  and  see  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama.  This  was  happened  due  to  the  generosity  of  the  sponsors.  I  request  to  the  sponsors  to   keep  this  project  alive  and  continue  to  help  a  helpless  people  like  me.”    

Prakyap 79 years old

Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I prayed  to  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  during  my  escape  to  Bhutan.  Sometimes  I  wonder  how  I  managed  to  walk  that  far  in  the  cold  

with out  any  danger.  My  escape  have  been  secure  was  only  possible  by  the  blessings  of  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama.  His  Holiness  was   not   allow   to   come   to   Bhutan   so   I   never   get   opportunity   to   see   him.   With   kindness   of     sponsor   I   have   reached   Bodh   Gaya   from   my   settlement  in  Bumthang  without  any  difficulties  in  food  and  everything.  When  I  got  this  opportunity  to  see  His  Holiness,  I  pray  to  Him  to  

live thousands  of  years  more,  and  immediate  regain  of  Tibet’s  freedom,    I  pray    fro  all  the  sentient  beings  including  to  be  liberated  from   sufferings  and  gain  happiness,  and  may  Buddhism  last  forever.”  

Tashi Dorjee 84 years old

If you are Buddhist and believe in rebirth, change of physical body, rather

then death is just

like the way one swap old cloths

for new once they are worn out. When our physical support is no longer capable of keeping us alive due to internal and external causes, the time has come to give it up and take a new one, In these conditions, dying

does not mean that we cease to exist.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I am  very  fortunate  enough  to  hear  the  teachings  of  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama.  I  feel  calm  in  front  of  him.  I  am  old  and  this  type   of  opportunity  will  be  hard  to  find  in  future.  It  was  a  good  happening.  The  sponsors  are  really  grateful.  I  will  say  prayer  as  far  as   possible  for  their  well-­‐‑being.  How  small  it  may  be,  I  will  light  lamps  to  their  good  fortune.”    

Tsering Lhamo 76 years old

If the first part of you life was lived in the full, remember that at that time you contributed to society and your work was useful and carries out with sincere intentions. So

now you have nothing to regret.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

I don’t  have  money  and  poor  enough  to  go  to  pilgrimage.  Now,  I  am  having  a  very  meaningful  pilgrimage  and  am  thankful  to  the   sponsors.  I  am  praying  to  god  for  the  sponsor’s  healthy  and  prosperous  life,  may  all  the  good  things  come  to  them.      

Sherap Gyasto 76 years old

As we grow up we attach less and less importance to

friendship, and mutual support.


Instead we emphasize race

religion, or nationality. We forget the main thing and concentrate on the most trivial.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I am  very  old  now  nearing  80  years.  Now  my  death  makes  no  difference  after  seeing  His  Holiness,  my  guru.  By  the  grace  of  His   Holiness,  we  may  get  our  freedom  and  return  back  to  Tibet.  I  have  hope  and  trust  in  Him  to  happen  this.  It  may  be  hard  for  the  old   people  like  me  to  return  to  Tibet  but  the  younger  generations  will  do.”  

Tsowo 81 years old

According to Buddhism, the opportunity of a long life is due to the merit we have gained in the past. Even if you are not Buddhist, think of people who die young and be joyful that your life has been a long one.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“When I  just  came  from  Tibet,  the  first  time  I  heard  His  Holiness  speech  for  the  first  time  it  was  in  Gangtok.  I  was  all  in  tears  and   crying.   I   just   come   across   the   border,   His   Holiness   Dalai   Lama   were   tell   us   to   forgive   the   Chinese   who   harm   us.   At   that   time   unwise  man  like  me,  I  cannot  understand  what  His  Holiness  said  about  forgiving  the  enemy.  But  I  can  feel  that  His  Holiness  is  the   one   I   can   trust.   Religiously   speaking,   I   believe   His   Holiness   Dalai   Lama   can   bring   to   an   end   to   the   sufferings   generated   on   our   souls   by   knowing   the   seeds   of   it.     With   this   pilgrimage   it   is   an   opportunity   for   me   to   pray,   I   am   old   now   and   will   try   to   work   towards  my  next  lives  by  saying  prayers  and  doing  pious  activities.”  

Kungsang 74 years old

Each of  us  in  our  own  way  can  try  to  spread   compassion  into   peoples  


Western civilizations   these   days   place   great  

importance on   filling   the   human   'ʹbrain'ʹ   with  


but no   one   seems   to   care   about   filling   the   human   'ʹheart'ʹ   with  

compassion. This  is  what  the  real  role  of  religion  is.  

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“His Holiness  is  the  guardian  of  all  the  sentient  beings.  I  pray  for  His  long  healthy  life.  I  pray  to  the  real  Buddha  in  the  form  of  His   Holiness  all  the  times.  We  are  here  for  this  pilgrimage  is  the  grace  of  His  Holiness  and  the  support  from  the  sponsors.  The  sponsors   helped  us  with  traveling,  food  and  shelter,  and  everything.  They  are  very  kind.  I  pray  to  His  Holiness  for  their  well  being  and  good   fortune”    

Norchung  75  years  old  

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I have  seen  His  Holiness  today.  I  am  very  happy.  I  don’t  have  any  other  means  of  support  rather  to  work  hard  by  myself.  I  am   financially  very  weak  and  my  husband  has  a  broken  leg.  So,  without  the  assistance  from  the  sponsors  I  would  not  have  come  here.   I  don’t  have  children  and  any  other  relatives  to  look  after  me.  I  am  old  now  and  so,  blessing  from  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  is   the  last  wish  of  my  life.”      

Kuku Dolma 78 years old

Warm-­‐‑heartedness reinforces   our   self-­‐‑confidence   –   giving  us  not  a  blind  confidence,  but  a  sense  of  confidence  based   on   reason.   When   you   have   that   you   can   act   transparently,   with   nothing   to   hide!   Likewise,   if   you   are   honest,   the   community   will   trust  you.   Trust   brings   friendship,  as  a  result  of  which  you   can   always   feel   happy.   Whether   you   look   to   the   right   or   the   left,   you  will  always  be  able  to  smile.  

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I am  very  old  and  got  this  opportunity  to  hear  and  blessing  from  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama.  I  am  not  in  a  position  to  come  His   Holiness  teaching    due  to  my  poor  condition  but  got  here  with  the  grace  of  His  Holiness  and  the  support  from  the  sponsors.  I  am   very  happy.  I  pray  to  His  Holiness  that  my  death  may  occur  in  Tibet.  His  Holiness  may  find  his  seat  of  Potala  at  the  earliest.”     Karma  Choedak    72  years  old  

It is  clear  that  feelings  of  love,  affection,  closeness  and  compassion   bring  happiness.  I  believe  that  every  one  of  us  has  the  

means to   be   happy,   to   access   the   warm   and   compassionate   states   of   mind   that   bring   happiness.   In   fact,   it   is   one   of   my   fundamental   beliefs   that   not   only   do   we   inherently   possess   the   potential   for   compassion,   but   I   believe   that   the   basic   or  

underlying nature  of  human  beings  is  gentleness.  

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I think  of  Tibet  in  my  mind.  I  think  if  only  I  could  go  back  to  Tibet.  If  only  Tibet  could  become  free.  I  hope  for  His  Holiness'ʹ  long   life.  I  have  only  that  thought  in  my  mind.  I  have  nothing  more  to  say  other  than  seeking  His  Holiness’  protection,  to  take  a  refuge   under  his  Protection.  “     Lhundup  Kalden  75  year  old  

Much more   important   than   money,   processions   or   status   therefore,  is  our  inner  or  mental  state  of  being.  Member  of  a  poor   family   will   be   happy   if   there   is   affection,   kindness   and  

trust between  them.    

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“On these   occasions,   I   may   become   a   very   difficult   man   due   to   brain   illness.   I   had   an   eye   surgery   before   two   months   back   and   couldn’t   hear   properly   also.   My   memory   has   also   become   very   weak.   Long   ago   I   faced   lots   of   problem   due   to   the   Chinese.   The   Chinese   can’t   differentiate   between   merits   and   non-­‐‑merits.   His   Holiness   Dalai   lama   always   be   positive   about   China.   His   consideration   is   highly   praise.   It   was   sad   to   see   the   annexation   of   our   land   by   the   Chinese   but   it   was   the   luck   of   the   world   community  that  have  benefitted.  If  the  invasion  has  not  occurred,  the  world  people  at  large  will  not  get  the  opportunity  to  see  and   hear  from  His  Holiness.  This  is  the  good  fortune  of  all  those  people.  Today  in  Bodh  Gaya  I  have  tolerating  many  hardships  only  to   seek  religious  blessing  from  Him.  This  is  happening  with  deep  gratitude.”   Lobsang  Palden    80    year  old  

Does the  

physical frailty  

of, say,  

necessarily entail   unhappiness?  

very old   people     Certainly   not!   So,  

although physical   health   certainly   contributes   to   human  

happiness once   again   involves   our   state   of   mind,   out   look   and   motivation  and  our  level  of  warmheartness  toward  others.  

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I believed  that  to  be  born  in  human  realm,  one  has  to  accumulate  lots  of  merits.  Hence,  I  feel  very  lucky  to  be  born  as  human,   among  Tibetans  and  above  all  in  the  form  of  woman.  My  last  wish  in  this  life  is  the  return  of  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama  to  an   independent  Tibet  and  the  shining  of  happiness  over  the  Tibet.”     Kelsang  Yigyen  73    year  old  


human being  

survives only   with  

hope, and   hope   by  

definition implies  the  thought  of  something  better.  As  I  see  it,   our  very  survival  depends  on  some  idea  of  future  happiness.  

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I was  helpless  regarding  the  sufferings  of  my  parents,  relatives  and  all  of  the  Tibetans  that  have  been  going  through  due  to  the   Chinese   invasion.   I   am   sad   and   can   only   say   prayers   to   them.   Being   old,   I   want   to   see   and   seek   blessings   from   my   Guru   His   Holiness   the   Dalai   Lama   during   this   Kalachakra   initiation.   Now   I   have   received   His   Holiness   blessing   and   I   also   able   visit   few   pilgrim  places  that  are  near  to  Bodhi  Gaya.  It  may  not  be  possible  in  near  future  for  me  to  have  this  kind  of  opportunities.”       Dedon  72    year  old  

Be a   good   human   being,   a   warm-­‐‑hearted   affectionate   person.   That   is   my   fundamental   belief.   Having   a   sense   of   caring,   a   feeling   of   compassion   will   bring   happiness   of   peace  of  mind  to  oneself  and  automatically  create  a   positive   atmosphere.  

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“His Holiness   has   never   been   in   favor   of   hostility   against   anybody   and   also   we   don’t   have   the   required   support   to   fight   the   Chinese.  Hence  I  am  left  with  my  prayers  that  one  day  I  may  be  able  to  see  my  relatives  left  in  Tibet.  What  ever  we  are  in  here  is  by   the  grace  of  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama.  Our  only  hope  and  aspiration  is  His  Holiness.  So,  our  only  obligation  towards  Him  and   our  country  is  to  follow  whatever  He  says.  I  pray  for  His  long  and  healthy  life  and  all  of  His  wishes  come  true.  That’s  the  only   thing  I  want  now.”    

Chime Wangyal  83  years  old  

We depend   greatly   on   the   warmth   and   kindness   of   others   when  we  reach  the  end  of  our  lives.  How  much  better  it  is  to   depart   from   his   world   surrounded   by   love   and   affection,   in   an  environment  of  peace  and  happiness.  

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“I have   become   very   forgetful   and   even   the   happenings   of   this   very   time,   are   not   remembered.     This   day   I   will   remember   for   the   rest  of  my  life.  I  will  never  forget  this  moment.  I  pray  to  His  Holiness  to  live  thousands  of  years  and  all  the  sentient  beings  may  not   suffer  any  sickness.  I  am  very  fortunate  to  see  Him  and  got  his  blessings.  I  will  pray  Him  to  live  thousands  of  years  and  was  very   happy  to  see  him.”    

Dolma Tsedup  84  year  old  

I feel  that  an  individual   whose   actions   are   motivated   by  

the wish   to   bring   others   happiness   necessarily   meets   with   less   misfortune   that   one   who   does   not.   Sickness,  old  age,  mishaps  of  one  sort  or  another  are  the  same  for   us   all.  

But the   sufferings   which   undermine   our  

internal peace   -­‐‑   anxiety,   doubt,   disappointment   -­‐‑   these  are  definitely  less.  

H.H. The 14th Dalai Lama

“We may  have  lost  Tibet,  as  a  nation,  but  not  as  a  people.  We  may  have  lost  the  purity  of  the  land,  the  sacredness  of  what  Tibet   was.   But   we   must   not   lose   the   teaching   of   Buddha.   In   order   to   protect   the   Teaching   of   Buddha,   His   Holiness   the   Dalai   Lama   is   teaching  it  to  the  world.  Without  this,  we  may  lose  the  most  important  thing  about  Tibet….  It  is  the  kindness  of  the  sponsors  that  I   got  the  opportunity  to  seek  Kalachakra  initiation  and  see  His  Holiness  the  Dalai  Lama.  I  am  very  thankful  to  you.  “   Sonam  Tashi  77  years  old  

Diasopra Smile Portraits of Tibetan in Exile  

“Diaspora Smile” is a part of an ongoing photographic project that captures the joy of elderly Tibetan refugees who lived in exile for more...

Diasopra Smile Portraits of Tibetan in Exile  

“Diaspora Smile” is a part of an ongoing photographic project that captures the joy of elderly Tibetan refugees who lived in exile for more...