You Never Know Where the Day Will Take You
In 1971, Victor Chan bought a VW bus in Utrecht, Holland and set out on a course for India. Half way through the journey, an awkward encounter with three rifle-wielding Afghan men initiated a chain of events that would forever alter the course of his life. A few short months later he sat face-to-face with the Dalai Lama for his first of many encounters with the exiled Tibetan leader.
In the eighties, over a period of four years, Chan made 11 visits to Tibet. He covered 42,000 kms on foot, bicycle, horseback, and by coracles, trucks and buses. He crossed over 200 high Himalayan passes and was the first person to reach Lhasa from Kathmandu by bicycle. He is also the only non-Tibetan to reach all three of the most important Tibetan pilgrimages, Mount Kailash, Lapchi and Tsari.
Over the past four decades, Chan has travelled with and interviewed the Dalai Lama extensively, and the two have formed a bond of unique friendship in the process. In 2004 they founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education in Vancouver, Canada. Chan has since hosted the Tibetan spiritual leader three times in the city, and is excited to bring him back once again only days after TEDxVancouver 2014.