Saturday, May 06, 2006


The Venerable Dhondup Gyalsten of the Namgyal Monastery (Institute of Buddhist Studies) in Dharmasala is the Lama who invited our group of four to travel to India and meet His Holiness. We have known him for many years, as he also has a home and a lovely property and sanctuary in Maui, Hawaii. In McLeod Ganj his room is attached to the main Temple and a minute's walk from where His Holiness resides.

Lamala as we affectionately call him is humble, kind, astute, blunt and to the point when he has something to say, hard-working, generous, funny, and lovable amongst many other great qualities. Unlike many other monks and lamas, he doesn't carry a cell phone, although he is proficient with computers and emails.

I choose to refrain from adding more praise and stories about him because he is a very private man. I merely wanted to give him recognition and gratitude for his kindness, support, time spent with us, his many top-notch introductions and experiences he arranged for us, and always and forever his prayers and LOVE!!!

An image will forever remain with me: Lamala playing with the very young Tibetan children at the Tibetan Children's Village (TCV). He was down on the floor with them, grinning from ear to ear, laughing, and radiating joy. The children loved him and were interacting with him...a sure sign that here is a Christed being as you can't fool children or animals.
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