Setting foot in Dharamsala was like entering a peaceful bubble. It felt like stepping back in time into a strange India-Tibet mix, where Tibetan-style houses stood next to local ones & then … my heart misses a beat … I meet his holiness the Dalai Lama – His holiness has his long ageless tryst with the state of Sikkim.
On his announcement as the 14th holy soul, Sikkim & it’s archives provide a chronological and detailed account of the planning and sourcing of gifts, articulated concerns and queries about culture, customs, and protocol, and vivid travel descriptions of the journey from Gangtok (Sikkim) to Lhasa (Tibet), for the infant Tenzing Gyatso’s official enthronement as His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Recognized as the official reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1939, his enthronement ceremony as the next Dalai Lama was scheduled for February 22, 1940, in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital. In Sikkim (which had close relations with Tibet, spiritually, culturally, economically, and familial), officials were deciding what gifts to send to Lhasa for the occasion, and who would represent the Sikkim State at this auspicious and once-in-a-lifetime ceremony.
Sikkim’s 11th Chogyal, Tashi Wangyal Namgyal (r.1914-1963), chose to send his eldest son, Crown Prince Kunzang Paljor Namgyal (1921-1941), and the British decided to send Basil Gould (Political Officer, Sikkim), who would have been more familiar with the cultures of the region.
Come 2017 & as God privileged Temi Tea, Sikkim was blessed by his holiness yesterday with no qualms attached – our gift to him encore was a packet of tea & his gift to us was all the blessings we are carrying back.
We are carrying back blessings along with the commitments-
Commitments to the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. His holiness says that as human beings we are all the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. His Holiness refers to such human values as secular ethics or universal values. Temi Tea & Temi Estate promises to carry the baton.