Another whirl around the world...

to meet Mila, my grand niece with grandpa and parents

to meet Mila, my grand niece with grandpa and parents

to attend my god daughter Carolina’s wedding to Christian, blessed by a Zen wizard

to attend my god daughter Carolina’s wedding to Christian, blessed by a Zen wizard

and then to Taipei to attend the opening of the new Denba Ji Center

and then to Taipei to attend the opening of the new Denba Ji Center

where Rinpoche taught

where Rinpoche taught

A visit to Dr. Perng and Dr. Anna Li at the Veterans’ General Hospital to say thank you

A visit to Dr. Perng and Dr. Anna Li at the Veterans’ General Hospital to say thank you

And to see Dr. Li who photographs his assistant with Rinpoche as a patient looks on

And to see Dr. Li who photographs his assistant with Rinpoche as a patient looks on

Photography is a big thing in Taiwan!

Photography is a big thing in Taiwan!

And then to southern Taiwan

And then to southern Taiwan

Where we visit the Yangchen School of Music

Where we visit the Yangchen School of Music

and eat

and eat

before returning to India, where we drive across the country

before returning to India, where we drive across the country

to reach Rato Dratsang

to reach Rato Dratsang

in time to do leg exercises on the roof

in time to do leg exercises on the roof

My thanks to Basvaraj, the telephone line’s man who got my internet connection working again.

My thanks to Basvaraj, the telephone line’s man who got my internet connection working again.

Happy Election Day to all

A quick trip around and about...

First to Rougemont to talk about photography and Buddhism and life

First to Rougemont to talk about photography and Buddhism and life

and listen to Bach in the Rougemont church

and listen to Bach in the Rougemont church

and enjoy a gastronomic extravaganza in the mountains.

and enjoy a gastronomic extravaganza in the mountains.

And then a visit to Savoie and to the grave of dear Corinna to whom I owe SO much!!!

And then a visit to Savoie and to the grave of dear Corinna to whom I owe SO much!!!

On to Northern Ireland, to stay in Castle Ward Junior

On to Northern Ireland, to stay in Castle Ward Junior

with cousin Rachel and Nick

with cousin Rachel and Nick

and visit this little fellow

and visit this little fellow

as well as my father, who seems in wonderful shape

as well as my father, who seems in wonderful shape

with Sandra, his new lady.

with Sandra, his new lady.

Much work going on at Castle Ward Junior.

Much work going on at Castle Ward Junior.

Ireland is very beautiful!

Ireland is very beautiful!

And on to New Jersey where Ling Rinpoche visited Khyongla Rinpoche’s home

And on to New Jersey where Ling Rinpoche visited Khyongla Rinpoche’s home

and blessed our Kunkhyab Thardo Ling Retreat Center.

and blessed our Kunkhyab Thardo Ling Retreat Center.

And now back in India, enjoying the end of monsoon as I get over my jetlag...

And now back in India, enjoying the end of monsoon as I get over my jetlag...

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