we travelled around in India, I never thought that he was
a reincarnated lama. he was definitely an intelligent person,
very sharp. But he would smoke, drink and fuck with women.
but at first I thought, because he fucked with women, that
he wasn't learned.
85, travel companion: from the same region as Gendun Choephel.
In the early 1940s he and Choephel travelled as pilgrims across
India. He died in Kathmandu shortly after the interview.
those times the Tibetans accepted only tradition. For instance,
they forbade soccer. They claimed that soccer players would
kick the head of the holy Buddha. If a person did something
new, you could be sure it would be prohibited. But a society
needs to progress; it can’t stagnate.
75, teacher: he met Gendun Choephel once when he was 17. This
encounter influenced his whole life. He is a retired teacher
and lives in Lhasa.