Dalai Lama to see rare shots of his youth

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RARE photographs of the Dalai Lama taken almost 50 years and later donated to a Scots university are to be presented to the spiritual leader of Tibet when he visits Scotland later this month.

This picture, released by Dundee University yesterday, shows the Dalai Lama, aged 29, embarking on a visit to a school for Tibetan children in New Delhi, India in 1964.

It is among 14 photographs taken by Michael Peto, which his family donated to the university’s archives after his death, and will be published as part of a commemorative booklet handed to the 76-year-old when he visits Dundee on 22 June.

In many of the photographs, he is the sole subject, while others show his sister and children from the school.

University archivist Patricia Whatley said: “Peto was on a tour with the Save the Children charity at the time, and the resulting images show the Dalai Lama in both a reflective mood and engaging with the people.”