This is a reblog from a June 9, 2011 story I did but it is still relevant.
I sat quietly as His Holiness Lungtok Tenpai Nyima, the 33rd Gyalwa Menri Trizin (the world wide spiritual leader of the Bon tradition of Tibet and abbot of Menri Monastery new Dolanji, India) offered me a bowl of almonds from a simple wooden bowl. An attending monk offered me tea, while another fetched a small container and offered it to His Holiness.
Inside was a small hearing aid, and as the 86-year-old monk inserted it into his ear he smiled. “The Western system. Everything going on with a machine. Old people with machines … In India we do not have very many of these machines … But people are still very happy.”
Simple and happy are two words that easily describe this leader of the oldest faith in Tibet. His Holiness spoke as a simple monk who was the most approachable person in the room, and yet it was…
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