Teaching English to Tibetan monks is one thing, but to see the Dalai Lama in person is quite another.
From Thursday to Saturday here in Dharamsala, he has been holding twice-daily open audiences at the Temple.
As 6,000 people are expected at each session, I was thrilled when Kunchok, a senior monk who runs the English teaching programme at the Temple, showed me a special area set aside for guests of the Temple office. This included those of us who teach English to the monks.
The area is outside the Temple itself, beside a large open widow promising a great view of his Holiness.