“If I see, smell, or even think about wildflowers, I feel especially happy. I remember when I first arrived in Lhasa as a four-year-old boy, I felt as though I were in a dream … as if I were in a great park covered with beautiful flowers while soft breezes blew across it and peacocks elegantly danced before me.

“There was an unforgettable scent of wildflowers and freedom and happiness in the air.

“We all feel the need to be surrounded by life. We need life around us that grows, flourishes, and thrives.”