Photo Story: ‘Life in Exile’- Mind and Life Dialogue With its Pioneer, His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama wave to the well-wisher and public on a way to attend 33rd Mind and Life Dialogue. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

 

An elderly interacting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

The people consisted mostly of Tibetans and foreign devotees who had converged at the Tsuglagkhang courtyard to get a glimpse of His Holiness the Dalai Lama who was walking through the aisle of the courtyard, to attend the 33rd Mind and Life Dialogue that started from today.

Well-wishers and members of the public pressed forward to interact with him as His Holiness walked slowly, waving at the devotees on the way.

Members of press eagerly waiting for His Holiness arrival at 33rd Mind and Life Dialogue. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

As usual, members of the press were eagerly waiting for His Holiness to arrive at the venue with their huge fat high-tech cameras.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with a galaxy of scientist to attend 33rd Mind and Life Dialogue. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Once His Holiness and the first session’s panelists, as well as the audience of more than 200 people, had taken their seats, Session Moderator, Kimberly Schonert-Reichl welcomed them to the 33rd Mind & Life dialogue.

Dr Richard Davidson, a longtime friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama interacting at 33rd Mind & Life Dialogue at the Tsuglagkhang. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

As I was listening to the dialogues relating to science and Buddhism, I thought about my promise of writing an article on Tibetan roadside vendors that I made last week. However, as His Holiness is the co-founder of Mind and Life Institute, I felt it has become one of the most important parts of the Tibetan people in their life in exile. So, I decided to focus on this dialogue today.

Members of an audience listening to the presentation done by the scientist. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

Many of us might have heard about it. Some might have even participated in these dialogues. So, I took some shots of these profound discussions taking place this morning through my lens.

Members of an audience listening to the dialogue between His Holiness the Dalai and the scientist. Photo/Tenzin Phende/DIIR

From its first meeting in 1987, the dialogue has blossomed into from few participants to a galaxy of them in this 33rd edition.

The last edition of the dialogue was held in Brussels entitled ‘Power & Care’ organised by Mind & Life Europe in September 2016.