Return to Karnataka

 Back at Rato

Back at Rato

 Long drive to get there  

Long drive to get there
 

 past hills,

past hills,

 some fanning skies.

some fanning skies.

 Welcomed by Hubli friends;

Welcomed by Hubli friends;

 It’s monsoon here

It’s monsoon here

 I visit a cattle fair along the way

I visit a cattle fair along the way

 Sellers watch

Sellers watch

 and sellees wait

and sellees wait

 some preen

some preen

 and get dolled up

and get dolled up

 some smile

some smile

 or shy away  

or shy away
 

 still others are oblivious

still others are oblivious

 and await

and await

 their fate

their fate

 Off they go

Off they go

 this way and that

this way and that

 as do we all

as do we all

 to greener parts, we hope

to greener parts, we hope

Back in the USA

 Hello from New Jersey

Hello from New Jersey

 Rinpoche has undergone cataract surgery

Rinpoche has undergone cataract surgery

 The doctor is pleased

The doctor is pleased

 plucks some lashes

plucks some lashes

 and gives drops

and gives drops

 But love is in the air...

But love is in the air...

 My father and Sandra tie the knot!

My father and Sandra tie the knot!

 They sign on the dotted line  

They sign on the dotted line
 

 get prepared

get prepared

 Other things are going on...  

Other things are going on...
 

 other weddings too  

other weddings too
 

 and then

and then

 We Do!

We Do!

 Les jeux sont faits!  

Les jeux sont faits!
 

 Rien ne vas plus

Rien ne vas plus

 Congratulations!!!  

Congratulations!!!
 

 Hurray!

Hurray!

 and the baton is passed on  

and the baton is passed on
 

 New Jersey life proceeds

New Jersey life proceeds

Recent Indian Travels

 In Delhi, Ganshyam rests from cooking as Master-ji tailors on

In Delhi, Ganshyam rests from cooking as Master-ji tailors on

 Dear T T-la avoids the midday sun

Dear T T-la avoids the midday sun

 And all enjoy their virtual realities

And all enjoy their virtual realities

 though the wise stick to the visceral

though the wise stick to the visceral

 We ride through life

We ride through life

 nurturing our young

nurturing our young

 and proudly parade along

and proudly parade along

 My friends Shartse Khensur Rinpoche in the Trithog Khang

My friends Shartse Khensur Rinpoche in the Trithog Khang

 Gautam Sachdeva at old Rato

Gautam Sachdeva at old Rato

 And Madame Siddeshwar, the proud owner of Hubli’s finest steel Almirahs.   I love my Siddeshwar almirah and she is happy I do! 

And Madame Siddeshwar, the proud owner of Hubli’s finest steel Almirahs.  
I love my Siddeshwar almirah and she is happy I do! 

 Our chief administrator, in charge while I’m away

Our chief administrator, in charge while I’m away

 And then Bombay

And then Bombay

 to visit its rocky coastline

to visit its rocky coastline

 its blind minstrels,

its blind minstrels,

 and Chowpatti Beach.

and Chowpatti Beach.

 Some swim

Some swim

 others preen

others preen

 and everyone seems to pose

and everyone seems to pose

 with modesty, of course

with modesty, of course

 Take along a snack

Take along a snack

 and enjoy the view

and enjoy the view

 But be mindful of where you tread

But be mindful of where you tread

 as life is full of life!!

as life is full of life!!

A little color from Rato Monastery

 The undulating path leading home

The undulating path leading home

 to our temple.

to our temple.

 Incense is burned

Incense is burned

 and through the bougainvillea is the debating court

and through the bougainvillea is the debating court

 Our trees await monsoon

Our trees await monsoon

 Mangos await eating

Mangos await eating

 and pots need washing

and pots need washing

 We have new water filters

We have new water filters

 though milk must be boiled

though milk must be boiled

 and bread rolled

and bread rolled

 Stairs lead up to the Abbot’s quarters

Stairs lead up to the Abbot’s quarters

 where eggplants soak,

where eggplants soak,

 chives are chopped

chives are chopped

 And Suresh keeps me healthy

And Suresh keeps me healthy

 with pasta

with pasta

 My desk

My desk

 and veranda where I complement a young monk...

and veranda where I complement a young monk...

 many young monks who attend the Loseling school

many young monks who attend the Loseling school

 Emory University students visit

Emory University students visit

 and seemed satisfied with my bla bla bla

and seemed satisfied with my bla bla bla

 All well at Rato as we await the rains

All well at Rato as we await the rains