He, a Tibetan Buddhist monk, is known to be the prisoner of conscience who had served the longest (33 years) term of any Tibetan political prisoner in Chinese prisons and labour camps.
I had never met him in person, however, always held deep respect him for his strength and courage to the world to talk about his painful experience to help others in the same situation.
I had wanted to draw him when I heard the news of his passing in 2018. I was deeply saddened however felt a relief he did not have to go through pain anymore in this life time.
I could not start drawing somehow so I kept carrying a piece of paper whenever I travelled to, till now.
Completed in Gwangju, Korea, where over a thousand people suffered from the same kind of pain for the same reason. May he come back as a brilliant being again without any suffering.
I know that it was beyond my ability to express the depth of his eyes.
Note: I really love the photo of Gen la on the right. I draw this drawing from this photo but do not know the photographer name.
Please let me know if you know. I would like to leave a credit here.