Chokyi Lodro Institute from above. Photo by But-sao Lai

Inside the hall before the event, there was still much to do... Photo by Amelia Chow

...including painting Buddha's face. Photo by Amelia Chow

The 500 plus students of the new institute gather for a class photo. His Holiness, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk arrived soon after to take their seats in the center. Photo by But-sao Lai

The monks took great risks to hang garlands of marigolds on the Ashoka gate. Photo by Amelia Chow

Monks gathering to greet HH the Dalai Lama. Photo by Amelia Chow.

Clouds of precious substances burning create a haze in the background. Photo by Amelia Chow

His Holiness arrives. Photo by But-sao Lai

His Holiness and attendants approach the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo by Amelia Chow

The auspicious symbols after the procession had swept through. Photo by Noa Jones

Inside the Buddha Hall. Photo by Amelia Chow

Members of the Bhutanese contingent present His Holiness with a most abundant and colorful mandala offering. Foreground: Drubgyud Tenzin Rinpoche, Shabdrung Rinpoche, and Pagchok Rinpoche, all graduates of CLCD. Photo by But-sou Lai

A cup of tea for everyone. Photo by Amelia Chow

Top CLCD Khenpos vie for a chance to argue their points during the debate exhibition for His Holiness. Photo by But-sou Lai

Classical Indian Thumri Singer Vidya Rao wows the crowd with her beautiful voice. Though he had already retired for the evening, His Holiness sent down a katag in appreciation of her performance. Photo by But-sou Lai

Rinpoche and Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk had much to discuss. Photo by Amelia Chow

His Holiness addresses a group of foreign guests. Photo by Amelia Chow

On the last day, over a hundred foreign guests attended Khyentse Foundation's presentation by Rinpoche and Cangioli Che. Photo by Amelia Chow

Khyentse Foundation held many fruitful meetings with the Institutes Khenpos and managers. Photo by Noa Jones

Traditional Tibetan song and dance from the Derge Community. Photo by Amelia Chow

Traditional Tibetan song and dance from Suja School. Photo by But-sao Lai

Purvadhanashree's flawless bharatnatyam (classical Indian dance) performance based on Shantideva's Bodhicharyavatara ends the night. Photo by But-sou Lai