A sudden trip to Delhi...

A return to Jangpura, where I hadn’t been in years.  Taxi drivers I must have known as children

A return to Jangpura, where I hadn’t been in years.  Taxi drivers I must have known as children

Their fathers who refused to use their meters

Their fathers who refused to use their meters

and rickshaw cyclists

and rickshaw cyclists

who work through thick and thin,

who work through thick and thin,

I took refuge in the neighborhood dive

I took refuge in the neighborhood dive

cared for by its kind owner

cared for by its kind owner

and dropped in on old neighborhood friends

and dropped in on old neighborhood friends

Then took my camera for a walk

Then took my camera for a walk

through different neighborhoods

through different neighborhoods

and parks

and parks

To Old Delhi… no time for ear cleaning

To Old Delhi… no time for ear cleaning

or even a shave

or even a shave

But found a hidden path upward, I suppose

But found a hidden path upward, I suppose

Monsoon...

The monastery is overgrown

The monastery is overgrown

our new pavilion well cured

our new pavilion well cured

the painter prepares the painting that will adorn its back wall

the painter prepares the painting that will adorn its back wall

Things must be kept clean and tidy

Things must be kept clean and tidy

as jungle creeps in

as jungle creeps in

Young monks prepare for their memorization exams

Young monks prepare for their memorization exams

and others work

and others work

Our administrator prepares our new science room

Our administrator prepares our new science room

all under the gaze of our new disciplinarian

all under the gaze of our new disciplinarian

whom some fear

whom some fear

though not all!

though not all!

All is well at Rato Dratsang

All is well at Rato Dratsang

It's hot in the monastery...

This little fellow looks for some water

This little fellow looks for some water

And this one uses water

And this one uses water

as this poor fellow is made to memorize

as this poor fellow is made to memorize

before he joins his friend for a moment of play

before he joins his friend for a moment of play

Most of us remain indoors

Most of us remain indoors

Shielding ourselves from the intense sun

Shielding ourselves from the intense sun

Much travel...

At Rato Dratsang we build a new pavilion with a throne for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

At Rato Dratsang we build a new pavilion with a throne for His Holiness the Dalai Lama

and my fan is fixed... it is hot at Rato

and my fan is fixed... it is hot at Rato

Then back to Delhi where it's even hotter

Then back to Delhi where it's even hotter

So hot the tea walla has little work

So hot the tea walla has little work

And the photographer and his assistant have even less

And the photographer and his assistant have even less

And the florist covers his flowers

And the florist covers his flowers

And the dogs enjoy their siesta

And the dogs enjoy their siesta

Though the milkman keeps on rolling

Though the milkman keeps on rolling

Then, up to Dharamsala

Then, up to Dharamsala

Where Rinpoche is well looked after by his nun doctor

Where Rinpoche is well looked after by his nun doctor

He keeps track of world tragedies 

He keeps track of world tragedies 

To then pray for us all

To then pray for us all

I return to Delhi to see Professor Chander who advises us on water conservation

I return to Delhi to see Professor Chander who advises us on water conservation

and enjoy the jolly mood of Bhogal market

and enjoy the jolly mood of Bhogal market

Everyone is jolly!

Everyone is jolly!

Though some are hot and tired

Though some are hot and tired

Too hot to do their ironing 

Too hot to do their ironing 

while the egg seller precooks his eggs

while the egg seller precooks his eggs

And I hang out with the gang

And I hang out with the gang

Back in India...

We have arrived in Delhi

We have arrived in Delhi

Driven through the Punjab

Driven through the Punjab

and reached Dharamsala

and reached Dharamsala

where Rinpoche goes to work

where Rinpoche goes to work

wherever he is

wherever he is

before going to the mountain

before going to the mountain

With its view of more mountains

With its view of more mountains

before returning home

before returning home

to circumambulate the main temple

to circumambulate the main temple

and receive the blessings of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion

and receive the blessings of Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion

And after a brief rest in front of the prayer wheels along the back of the temple,

And after a brief rest in front of the prayer wheels along the back of the temple,

take medicine

take medicine

and go to bed

and go to bed

Taiwan...

Je ne comprends pas le chinois, timpudong, but that's alright

Je ne comprends pas le chinois, timpudong, but that's alright

I like the food

I like the food

And warm welcome

And warm welcome

I photograph trees

I photograph trees

many trees

many trees

many many trees

many many trees

Then Rinpoche got sick

Then Rinpoche got sick

He was warmly welcomed

He was warmly welcomed

wonderfully cared for

wonderfully cared for

watched over

watched over

And prayed for all

And prayed for all

The Wonderful Doctor Perng

The Wonderful Doctor Perng

Lovely nurse Fiona

Lovely nurse Fiona

And the good man who brought food

And the good man who brought food

Delicious food

Delicious food

And the enchanting Dr. Anna Li who helped behind the scene in every way

And the enchanting Dr. Anna Li who helped behind the scene in every way

and Peggy

and Peggy

Head of the ward, Miss Huang

Head of the ward, Miss Huang

and the Grand General of the hospital's Nursing Staff with her entourage

and the Grand General of the hospital's Nursing Staff with her entourage

and...

and...

many

many

many more...

many more...

Rinpoche spoke of the difficulty of meditating on taking on the pain of others, particularly when confronted with so much suffering

Rinpoche spoke of the difficulty of meditating on taking on the pain of others, particularly when confronted with so much suffering

Though he surely did so

Though he surely did so

While doing his exercises

While doing his exercises

and walking through the ward

and walking through the ward

and resting between laps

and resting between laps

The treatment was successful!!

The treatment was successful!!

It was time to go

It was time to go

Say bye bye

Say bye bye

And on our way with Nita who made our stay so comfortable, and Mr. Lee who did the needful

And on our way with Nita who made our stay so comfortable, and Mr. Lee who did the needful

And return to Changhua

And return to Changhua

where Rinpoche continues his treatment

where Rinpoche continues his treatment

and welcomes well-wishers

and welcomes well-wishers

while I resume my pursuit of trees

while I resume my pursuit of trees

Awaiting my visa…

I wish you a Happy Year of the Fire Monkey, which I recently celebrated while awaiting my visa in New Delhi. The wait, imposed by the Government of India every five years, is always initially painful and frustrating. However, as I apply Shantideva's wisdom of doing what I can if there is something I can do, but not worrying, and accepting that there is nothing I can do if there isn't, and not worrying, I eventually relax and enjoy the wait. Here are some of the pix taken during my wait. 

I lived very comfortably in the rooftop flat of my godfather's home...

I lived very comfortably in the rooftop flat of my godfather's home...

I made my way down the stairs each morning

I made my way down the stairs each morning

Ganshyam took care of us, cooking and serving

Ganshyam took care of us, cooking and serving

with help from Savitri

with help from Savitri

I went for walks, photographing the grand trees of Friends Colony

I went for walks, photographing the grand trees of Friends Colony

and its beautiful wiring

and its beautiful wiring

and watch cricket, which I still don't understand

and watch cricket, which I still don't understand

I'd stop for tea and biscuits

I'd stop for tea and biscuits

and I sometimes went beyond the Colony's walls... to Chhatarpur temple complex where I met the statue maker

and I sometimes went beyond the Colony's walls... to Chhatarpur temple complex where I met the statue maker

visited bookshops

visited bookshops

watched office workers preen

watched office workers preen

stylish youth pose

stylish youth pose

and a Kashmiri lady await her tea beside the grand Jama Masjid

and a Kashmiri lady await her tea beside the grand Jama Masjid

I visited the Buddhist temple of some followers of B. R. Ambedkar, the author of India's constitution who converted to Buddhism in the 1950's

I visited the Buddhist temple of some followers of B. R. Ambedkar, the author of India's constitution who converted to Buddhism in the 1950's

His followers revere him as much as they do the Buddha

His followers revere him as much as they do the Buddha

And of course there was Delhi's the wildlife

And of course there was Delhi's the wildlife

which I shall miss.

which I shall miss.

Hello from South India...

Lovely Karnataka

Lovely Karnataka

With its many ladders to heaven

With its many ladders to heaven

Excellent boarding houses

Excellent boarding houses

with kind room service

with kind room service

Welcoming churches

Welcoming churches

and roadside tire repair facilites

and roadside tire repair facilites

weighing stations

weighing stations

and natural beauty

and natural beauty

where lions roam free

where lions roam free

as children play

as children play

twirling away

twirling away

and frogs delight

and frogs delight

among the deer

among the deer

and holy men

and holy men

young

young

and old

and old

and in between

and in between

Karnataka's a splendid place!

Karnataka's a splendid place!

where women still wear saris

where women still wear saris

and men wear lungis

and men wear lungis

and internet pervades

and internet pervades