On the first morning of the Dalai Lama's teachings, Alan didn't manage to get inside the hall. He sat outside with the Tibetans, got covered in Tibetan tea, and then had to move out of the heat. His Britishness didn't allow him to push his way in, like the Tibetans and the Portuguese!
My dad, puzzled by my attempt to describe what I had seen, replied,
"What can I say about oracles? To me, they never brought good news, although my hope never dies. The only Hope that died was the sister of Mr. Leonel, your aunt Lurdes' father, and your cousin Rui's grandfather. But she had a holy death. As you say, only seen. I hope you took some pictures. I'll believe it when I see it."
Indeed, I saw things I myself would never believe if merely told. I explained that cameras weren't allowed inside the temple, and therefore I couldn't any take photos, and suggested that if he was interested he could watch the "Nechung oracle" documentary online.
Friday, 4th January 2008
Continued teachings on Names of Manjushri. Meeting with Geshe-la Damcho. "I try." Presents from monks of Gyakham Khangtsen [Alan's travel diary].