Sometimes coincidence gives way to meaningful cohabitation of the same place at the same time. I make my way down the hill from McCleod Ganj along Temple Road to the Dalai Lama's temple. Many Tibetans and foreigners have gathered here for Thupten Ngodup's funeral.
A group of Tibetan schoolchildren proudly hold the Tibetan flag above their heads.
The motorcade bearing Thupten's body arrives.
Tibetan monks awaiting the arrival of the funeral motorcade.
As his coffin is carried through the crowd, it is showered with white handkerchiefs, which are given in Tibetan culture as a symbol of respect.
His coffin is carried up a stairway and laid on a table. A photo on one side of the coffin shows Thupten Ngodup smiling warmly. In the photo on the other side, he is engulfed in flames.
The Dalai Lama's temple and the crowd attending Thupten Ngodup's funeral.
There is a palpable spiritual intensity in the prayers of the crowd and the prayers of the monks in the Dalai Lama's temple above.
Now five more Tibetans (Thupten would have been the sixth) will undertake a second round of unto-death fasting, also in a simple tent near Jantar Mantar in New Delhi in humble surroundings. Many more are ready to take their place should they die or be forcibly removed by the police.