Meeting the Dalai Lama

“I felt as though our family’s story had come full circle, as if we’d fulfilled some sort of destiny…”

“When I look back on that morning, it seems unreal, like we were in a play or a dream. What I remember most is when the Dalai Lama took my hand. His hands were so soft and his grasp so firm; it was a comforting hold, confident and kind. Imagining my great-great-grandfather walking away from the Potala Palace in 1920 after his audience with the 13th Dalai Lama, I can understand the awe he felt, the sense that your life has been greatly altered and bettered from meeting one of the most inspiring men the world will ever know.”

-Sophia Slater, GoBeyond India 2012 & 2013

GoBeyond India students, Henry and Sophia Slater, had the unique opportunity to meet with the 14th Dalai Lama during their program in 2013 – almost 100 years after their great-great-grandfather’s audience with the 13th Dalai Lama. Sophia’s incredible story, Coming Full Circle: My Meeting With the Dalai Lama, was featured by Huffington Post Teen.

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