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A Dalai Lama Virgin

Thursday, June 9, 2011 by Amanda

I was treated to a rare experience recently when a friend kindly let me know that the Dalai Lama was going to visit Christchurch. Having never been a groupie of any sort, I surprised even myself by my desire to be at the airport when he arrived. Thinking it might be an interesting experience for my daughters, I took them out of school/preschool for the afternoon. It certainly was an experience with my youngest (almost 4) walking around the airport saying “Where’s the Daddy Lama?” at the top of her voice.

The very low key reception at the airport surprised me – several photographers and maybe 50 people. However, it did mean that we got very close to the Dalai Lama and that was a highlight for me. I never in my life thought that I would be in his presence let alone be close enough to reach out and touch him (if I had been so uncouth as to do so).

Later in the day, we were talking about the Dalai Lama and Kayla (5) said “but he’s a builder”. When I asked for clarification, she said “he’s come to rebuild Christchurch”. I assume that they must have been discussing him at school and talking about how he’s come to help rebuild morale!

The next day a few friends and I felt very privileged to be able to attend his talk and blessing. We were there nice and early to get good seats. As we walked into the CBS Canterbury Arena, we stopped to soak in the wonderful peaceful energy that engulfed the room. I found my mind wandering back to other events I had attended there and the very different energy I had felt without identifying it as such.

The Dalai Lama captivated us with his love, compassion, and wonderful childlike humour. He was both respectful to those who had suffered and bought strong messages of obtaining perspective through looking at the bigger picture and moving on with life. His presence was so peaceful and he was a delight to listen to with his simplistic principles and obvious application of them in his own life.

Following his talk, the monks commenced chanting and it was both fascinating (having never heard it before) and deeply grounding. What a wonderful experience and one I am forever grateful to the universe for bring across my path. I never in my life thought that I would ever be in the presence of the Dalai Lama and certainly not that I would be close enough to touch him. My heart sings with the beauty of the experience and I have a renewed desire to achieve even a fraction of that peace in my life.

What wonderful experiences have you had lately and how did they affect you?



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