9) Later, when Khenzur Lobzang Dargye arrived at the village he could recognize the place from the vision he had seen on the surface of the lake. The boy who would soon be identified as the Thirteenth Dalai Lama was born on May 27, 1876.
10) Thupten Gyatso, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, who had died aged fifty-seven in 1933. During the mummification process, the head was discovered to have turned from facing south to the northeast.
11) In the spring of 1935, the Regent travelled to the sacred lake, 90 miles from Lhasa in search of clues indicating the reincarnation of the 14th Dalai Lama.
12) After several days of prayers and meditations, the Regent saw the Visions of three Tibetan letters- ཨ་ཀ་མ་ Ah Ka and Ma followed by a picture of a monastery with roofs of jade green and gold and a house with turquoise tiles.
13) Finally, he saw a small house with strangely shaped guttering. He was sure that the letter Ah referred to Amdo, the northeastern province, so it was there that the search party was sent.
14) By the time they reached Kumbum, the members of the search party felt that they were on the right track. It seemed likely that if the letter Ah referred to Amdo, then Ka must indicate the monastery at Kumbum, which was indeed three-storied and turquoise-roofed.
15) They now only needed to locate a hill and a house with peculiar guttering. So they began to search the neighbouring villages.
16) When they saw the gnarled branches of juniper wood on the roof of the His Holiness’s parent’s house, they were certain that the new Dalai Lama would not be far away. Nevertheless, rather than reveal the purpose of their visit, the group asked only to stay the night.
17) The leader of the party, Kewtsang Rinpoche, then disguised himself as a servant and spent much of the evening observing and playing with the youngest child in the house. The child recognized him and called out “Sera lama, Sera lama”. Sera was Kewtsang Rinpoche’s monastery.