Wake up feeling recovered from change in time. Went to see Assembly Hall before security tightens. The shrine is awesome.
6am - I woke up early, to the sounds of Tibetan Buddhist prayers. I grabbed my camera and followed the sounds all the way to the Assembly Hall. One of the Tibetan women, puzzled by what I was doing, pointed at my camera with inquisite eyes, and I showed her the picture I had just taken. She then asked me to take a photo of her by pointing at me, the camera, and finally at her face. She was absolutely delighted to see the image of herself on the screen custom display.
Huge statues, many tankas, beautifully ornate stucco work, decorated columns. Deep tones of chanting amplified booming from speakers - deeply resonant.
I was close to tears several times, slowly walking round the hall. The compassion aroused was powerful - the mental effort to overcome suffering. Rizong Rinpoche was leading the chanting. As he was leaving we managed to meet him and say hello.
In the afternoon Geshe Wanchen came to Gyakham Khangtsen. It was powerful to see him smile. He seemed pleased that a London student had come to India. He shook my hand several times. It left me feeling very happy to be amongst so many wonderful practitioners.
I practiced tai-chi behind our block. Many young children sat and watched, and seemed disappointed when we finished. [from Alan's travel diary]Time to explore Camp 2
I went past Gomang Community Canteen (non profit) and noticed the big Vodafone and Airtel banners... On the bottom right, a local small shop where you can buy colgate and pepsodent!
Many Ladhaki women, in their traditional clothes, sat in groups watching the world go by...
taking it all in, the trees and the architecture of the buildings,