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The Western Gate The Horn at Chagpori Ngari Rinpoche The Monk Dance The Largest Thangka Arrival of the Ministers The Game of Sho Khampa Warriors The Dalai Lama's Flight, 1951 The Holy Relics

The Dalai Lama's Flight, 1951

The wind springs up early across the treeless, almost lifeless, Tibetan plateau. By midday it sweeps with gale force, carrying sand or snow, stinging and cutting travelers' faces. What light there is casts a bleak twilight pall over the wastelands.

Here, second from the left, the newly invested Dalai Lama, flanked by two of his personal khenpo (abbots), staggers against the winds on the Plain of Tuna in his flight from the Chinese advance. In the foreground struggles Phala Dronyer Chenmo, the Lord Chamberlain.

[Also available as a 16x20-inch individual silver gelatin photograph in a separate edition.]

—Excerpted from The Heinrich Harrer Limited Edition Portfolio. ©1999 Ahimsa, Inc. All rights reserved.