Recent travels...

A quick trip to America…

It was cold upon our arrival

It was cold upon our arrival

and soon it snowed

and soon it snowed

Rinpoche had his eyes checked; all is well

Rinpoche had his eyes checked; all is well

we can see for ourselves

we can see for ourselves

The snow melted in South Orange

The snow melted in South Orange

and then

and then

It really really snowed!!!

It really really snowed!!!

I visited my brother

I visited my brother

who taught me Iyengar Yoga

who taught me Iyengar Yoga

I only spent a moment in America, not long enough to see dear friends and family. My apologies to all; I had to be back in India before the expiry of my visa at the end of March!

I only spent a moment in America, not long enough to see dear friends and family. My apologies to all; I had to be back in India before the expiry of my visa at the end of March!

I returned to the heat of the south where Krishna waters the thirsty plants

I returned to the heat of the south where Krishna waters the thirsty plants

and we try not to move too much

and we try not to move too much

except to fetch water

except to fetch water

or play cricket

or play cricket

The trees stand tall

The trees stand tall

or try to

or try to

George has a new grandson, and guess what he’s called...

George has a new grandson, and guess what he’s called...

George!!!

George!!!

A delegation of Marthoma Syrian Christians presented me with a Tibetan Bible

A delegation of Marthoma Syrian Christians presented me with a Tibetan Bible

and the trees still dance delightfully outside my window

and the trees still dance delightfully outside my window

I say my prayers

I say my prayers

and enjoy Suresh’s momos. All is well.

and enjoy Suresh’s momos.

All is well.

Samsara...

Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Some serious and others less so

Some serious and others less so

Everyone intent!

Everyone intent!

and on to Delhi where samsara exhibits itself playfully

and on to Delhi where samsara exhibits itself playfully

Krishna and Radha flirt

Krishna and Radha flirt

and Russian devotees convert

and Russian devotees convert

where livin is easy, even in winter

where livin is easy, even in winter

though we wear a coat

though we wear a coat

and a roof over our head helps

and a roof over our head helps

but not essential

but not essential

and life goes rolling along

and life goes rolling along

with a tea break every now and then

with a tea break every now and then

Life goes on…

Hello from Police Headquarters where I submitted my application for a visa extension

Hello from Police Headquarters where I submitted my application for a visa extension

The inspector kindly poses with his new phone

The inspector kindly poses with his new phone

I’ve been told to carry on as abbot of Rato… these are some of our Rato monks...

I’ve been told to carry on as abbot of Rato… these are some of our Rato monks...

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and this is where I live

and this is where I live

and my view

and my view

Lingappa who drives

Lingappa who drives

and Suresh who cooks

and Suresh who cooks

and who’s father is over 100

and who’s father is over 100

And Ling Rinpoche

And Ling Rinpoche

We leave… 

We leave… 

and stop in Bangapour to visit Abdul, master builder who constructed Rato Dratsang

and stop in Bangapour to visit Abdul, master builder who constructed Rato Dratsang

and his family

and his family

And now in Hong Kong where life continues

And now in Hong Kong where life continues

Kalachakra in Bodhgaya...

Arrival in Patna, capital of the state of Bihar

Arrival in Patna, capital of the state of Bihar

The most revered image of the Buddha, said to have been made by a celestial artisan during Buddha’s lifetime

The most revered image of the Buddha, said to have been made by a celestial artisan during Buddha’s lifetime

Offerings around the Mahabodhi Temple — Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra of compassion

Offerings around the Mahabodhi Temple — Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra of compassion

A pilgrim turning his mani wheel among the stupas on the Mahabhodi Temple grounds

A pilgrim turning his mani wheel among the stupas on the Mahabhodi Temple grounds

as others meditate, chant and circumambluate

as others meditate, chant and circumambluate

Young monks pray, play

Young monks pray, play

while their sister engages in intense mindful practice

while their sister engages in intense mindful practice

We crossed the river...

We crossed the river...

to visit the place where Buddha engaged in six years of austere meditation

to visit the place where Buddha engaged in six years of austere meditation

fasting to the point where his ribs and veins protruded, before accepting Sujata’s rice pudding and gaining the strength to realize enlightenment

fasting to the point where his ribs and veins protruded, before accepting Sujata’s rice pudding and gaining the strength to realize enlightenment

Buddha walked the land of King Bimbisara

Buddha walked the land of King Bimbisara

up to Vulture’s Peak

up to Vulture’s Peak

where he taught the Perfection of Wisdom

where he taught the Perfection of Wisdom

his most essential teaching, "...form is empty, emptiness is form, form is none other than emptiness and emptiness is none other than form…"

his most essential teaching, "...form is empty, emptiness is form, form is none other than emptiness and emptiness is none other than form…"

This poor cow lies beside the holy peak

This poor cow lies beside the holy peak

and hopefully hears recitations of the Heart Sutra

and hopefully hears recitations of the Heart Sutra

while others try to make a buck promoting Mother India

while others try to make a buck promoting Mother India

and yet others prepare Shiva-inspired shack-tea and tandoori rotis

and yet others prepare Shiva-inspired shack-tea and tandoori rotis

And then... Patna Airport where we’re reminded of the madness of life

And then... Patna Airport where we’re reminded of the madness of life