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My life changed when I met him. I did not expect to even get close, but when my friend, Pema called to me one day,"’Linaji, Linaji, you must come with me!” I tuned to her from my dishes I was washing and said as usual, “Oh Pema, what now”? She was always grabbing my arm to show me something, a bug or a snake or some kind of amazing event that for me seemed rather on the mundane. I was in a dream state dish mode and wanted to get my job done. “Linaji, His Holiness is coming to give private audience to all the new monks, nuns and many new Tibetans coming over the mountain, you must be coming with me, you must”!
How could I say no? So I grabbed my skirt and threw on a top and we ran and ran and ran, I wanted this meeting. I had lived in Dharmsala already one time before this visit and I was wishing one day to meet him. Pema is a Nun and she is a beauty. She was beholden to me as one day the owner of our lodgings came to her door drunk and tried to push his way in. When she told me this, I hate to say it but I went rather Maa Kaali on him. Which means crazy. And I insisted she not pay rent for one month. He was smaller than me and when I am angry, I do believe I am possessed by a spirit like Maa Kaali.
We arrived and we were told that anything we wanted blessed by His Holiness we would put on the table. I did not do this. I wanted the Dali Lama to touch my malas, I had two, one was for my brother.
As it turned out, I was in the middle of the line after he talked for a while to all the monks and nuns and travelers from Tibet. When it was my turn to shake his hand, I tenderly reached for his with Mala’s in ready, and put his hand to my forehead. I looked into his eyes and saw a light so free and kind that I felt indeed blessed by the sun. One is not suppose to look into his eyes but I could not help myself. His kindness and his warmth took me. I knew he forgave me instantly if I had done anything to offend him or the ways of propriety.
He is all that is said of him. I have never seen eyes that shone like the essence of a smile. I gave my brother this gift of these beads. Lord Ganesh has them on my desk and sometimes I use them to meditate and chant. I am trying to write more every day, so I thought you all would enjoy this most auspicious time in my life.

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  • Caroline Gorka
    Caroline Gorkaalmost 6 years ago

    A man of humility and greatness :)

  • Hi Caroline, thanks!

    – linaji

  • navybrat
    navybratalmost 6 years ago

    indeed a great man he is……

  • thanks for the view J.!

    – linaji

  • Erhan OZBIYIK
    Erhan OZBIYIKalmost 6 years ago

    “There is no coincidence in OUR lives”… :)
    Good shot, good memories.. HUGS LINAJI

  • Sweet Erhan!! xox

    – linaji

  • Alessandro Pinto
    Alessandro Pintoalmost 6 years ago

    So Nice Linaji..I really enjoyed the story !

  • Hi Elbambino!! appreciate you reading it!

    – linaji

  • Jaybe
    Jaybealmost 6 years ago

    One day I will meet him too – such a precious moment Lina……extremely precious……and a very moving story. Thankyou so much for sharing this, it’s special. xox

  • I close my eyes and see you right there dear friend!!

    – linaji

  • saleire
    saleirealmost 6 years ago

    What a great moment to meet a man such as this. I loved the story Lina….but can’t help thinking you are already blessed with grace and a love that just shines out to all who know you. And we are blessed by you sharing this wonder with us.

  • Sal, your comment means the world to me. Just so thougtful and kind.. thank you Sal, very much.

    – linaji

  • angelfyre
    angelfyrealmost 6 years ago

    Wonderful picture, I will only say this of my “ideas” anyone can be a great person of enlightment and beauty and warmth. I will probably get flamed up oneside and down another for this, but, sue me for my ignorance. One day I was watching the news, I had it muted as I was listening to one of my friends’ regale the events of 9/11 from the ground view after all the shit had died down(took awhile before phone circuits were free again to get a call in edgewise and not have your cell call dropped after two minutes) anyways, I looked up just in time to see the most kindest, gentlest man I had ever seen. His eyes…I swear I was looking at the second coming of Jesus himself. I am a very hyper and tense person and very rarely do I feel calm. But at that time I did. So I unmuted it, and when I heard what they were saying, all I could think was the bible saying the Anti-Christ will be a very beautiful and decieving Angel. It was Osama Bin Laden. As I said earlier, anyone can be filled with a light of kindness. But your picture IS amazing and I think you’ve lived a GREAT experience by meeting him! and the fact that YOU believe he has this ability…well, that’s all that matters. I’m just some dumb blonde from the US spouting off my usual arrogant nonsense that us Americans do when we think we know things! :)

  • Hi Angelfrye,
    I know what I feel only. If I met you on a day you are feeling a kind Angel smile, and your day was divine, then looking at you and your eyes I would most likely feel the same toward you. If I met you on a day some pretty bad things were going on and you were very very moody, perhaps I would not feel the same about you. I think the devil himself has his moments with heaven and all of us indeed can choose what we would like to see in one another. I think the Dali Lama practices, and then it becomes so, even- tempered-ness and kindness. It shows in a person who has chosen to become aware of their thoughts on a daily basis. My life changes everyday and the more I become aware of my thinking, the more I can choose to think better feeling thoughts.
    My meeting with the Dali Lama is rather like that 5 min of fame feeling..wow meeting ‘HIM’! But I was not dissapointed. I am not Buddhist nor am I any named religion. When I see love, for me that is a feeling of peace and tenderness and somehow it is a smile too all rolled up into one.
    Perhaps even bin Laden smiles and feels joy at some point throughout his day that is not based on hate. I do not know him. I do not know if he is a devil. But I just wrote about a devil that was my father, and now he is not. He is a man that I was able to transform in my thinking and heart to a man who was a man and played an amazing part in molding who I am as a woman today. So who is the devil? For me it is my own wrost thinking.
    Thank you Angelfrye, your comments are always welcome.
    Linaji

    – linaji

  • Judi Taylor
    Judi Tayloralmost 6 years ago

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO FAVOR THIS A MILLION TIMES???

    I cannot speak or write Lina … Not through my tears …. I will bm you later.

  • Yes in your expansive heart Ms. Judi~!!xox I am outta here till P.M!

    – linaji

  • aspectsoftmk
    aspectsoftmkalmost 6 years ago

    i sit here and read………..and i breathe into this and smile in the thought ………of course you would look in his eyes…………i love this moment for you….xoxo

  • Terri.. we would have been in cahoots you and I!!

    – linaji

  • tuffcookie
    tuffcookiealmost 6 years ago

    what an incredible experience!! I am at a loss for words and the tears are welling up my freind. I am smiling inside and out my dear! wow!!! xoxox

  • You are an angel friend… in so many ways you shine just like him!! your tenderness shows.. all the insects, birds and animals adore you TC!

    – linaji

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