There was a great diversity and a sense real friendliness and camaraderie at the event. This is especially delightful when one considers the current state of the world, the economy and our violent times.
We don't know what will happen to the Tibetan cause when His Holiness dies. As I watched him receive the long-life blessing, I couldn't put my finger on what I thought I saw. For a moment, his face lost its customary twinkle.