Innauguration of Drepung Monastery's Deyang Monastic College. Waited 3 hrs in sweltering heat. Saw HH quite close. [from Alan's travel diary]
Deyang Monastery was packed full and many monks had no other option but to sit outside on the floor.
Although the event was not open to the general public, we managed to get in and join the monks as they waited for the Dalai Lama's arrival.
Geshe Damcho and Donde-la walked by. Afterwards, we all had lunch at the house, and I decided to join a small group and go to Camp 1.
Ling Rinpoche, recognised in 1987 by the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of his predecessor Thupten Lungtok Namgyal Thinley. He was only 2 years old when this happened. We all sat in the waiting room for a while; it reminded me of a dentist's waiting room, with several magazines on display to ease the boredom of waiting.
I didn't dare to take a photo (the one above was found on the internet).
Meeting the Nechung Kuten
Later in the day, we finally had the opportunity to meet the medium monk in person, in his natural state, without being in a trance.
this serene and peaceful monk being the human receptacle of one of the most fearsome and wrathful protector of Tibetan Buddhism." The Nechung Oracle is said to connect the original Tibetan religion “Bon” (an ancient animalistic and polytheistic religion) to present day Buddhism.