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At Home with The Dalai Lama

Indian photographer Raghu Rai visits Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, at his temple

Raghu Rai

Raghu Rai The Dalai Lama in his residence. Dharamsala, India. 2015. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai The Dalai Lama talks with delegates from Vietnam. Dharamsala, India. 2015. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai A view of ever growing McLoed Ganj (upper Dharamsala). The Dailai Lama's temple sits at the top with his palace just beyond it. Dharamsala, India. 2015. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai The Dalai Lama gives statues of Buddha to delegates from Vietnam. Dharamsala, India. 2015. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai The Dalai Lama greets visitors. Dharamsala, India. 2015. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai Visitors who have come to listen to The Dalai Lama's teachings. Dharamsala, India. 2015. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai Portrait of the Dalai Lama in his residence. Dharamsala, India. 2015. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai Outside the Dalai Lama's temple. Dharamsala, India. 2015. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai The Dalai Lama delivers lecture. Dharamsala, India. 2015. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos
Raghu Rai The Dalai Lama during a lecture. Dharamsala, India. 2015. © Raghu Rai | Magnum Photos

The one who describes himself as ‘just a simple Buddhist monk’ lives in a heavily guarded hilltop compound in the Dharamsala suburb, in India. It is very rare for outsiders to be allowed into his private quarters where he sleeps and meditates.