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

 All well at Rato as we await the rains

All well at Rato as we await the rains

Dealing with the Heat

 Fountains evaporate

Fountains evaporate

 peacocks preen to the setting sun

peacocks preen to the setting sun

 some enjoy midday

some enjoy midday

 delighting in a splash

delighting in a splash

 or tumble

or tumble

 some cool their insides

some cool their insides

 others just are cool

others just are cool

 there are those who insulate

there are those who insulate

 and those who bask in the glory of life

and those who bask in the glory of life

 Recording is important!

Recording is important!

 self reliance a plus

self reliance a plus

 though it can get confusing

though it can get confusing

 we see a pro at work

we see a pro at work

 My fellow tauruses take to roaming streets

My fellow tauruses take to roaming streets

 as I do

as I do

 Some have learned to loaf

Some have learned to loaf

 and some to smile. · Stay cool my friends!

and some to smile.
·
Stay cool my friends!

Awaiting permission to be

 Hello from under the elephant of bureaucracy

Hello from under the elephant of bureaucracy

 The gates are guarded

The gates are guarded

 within, we are well shaven

within, we are well shaven

 well fed

well fed

 free to stroll

free to stroll

 or sit

or sit

 or lay back and enjoy

or lay back and enjoy

 Shankar, my dear godfather who’s 90th birthday I’ve come to Delhi to celebrate, leafs through life…

Shankar, my dear godfather who’s 90th birthday I’ve come to Delhi to celebrate, leafs through life…

 past

past

 and present,

and present,

 delighting in celebration

delighting in celebration

 I keep busy, discussing secular ethics with the pros

I keep busy, discussing secular ethics with the pros

 and enjoy a well guarded coffee

and enjoy a well guarded coffee

 or equally delicious chai

or equally delicious chai

 and try to keep fit

and try to keep fit

 competition is fierce

competition is fierce

 It’s important to have friends

It’s important to have friends

 and perform the required pujas

and perform the required pujas

 in order to survive life's ordeals

in order to survive life's ordeals

 and navigate its crossroads

and navigate its crossroads

A Southeast Asian Adventure

 As the young Rato monks celebrated Tibetan New Year watching Hindi films

As the young Rato monks celebrated Tibetan New Year watching Hindi films

 Rinpoche and I left the monastery

Rinpoche and I left the monastery

 for Hong Kong

for Hong Kong

 where we visited the Big Buddha

where we visited the Big Buddha

 and the magnificent Guanyin, Buddha of Compassion

and the magnificent Guanyin, Buddha of Compassion

 whom Rinpoche prayed before

whom Rinpoche prayed before

 and who bestowed her blessings

and who bestowed her blessings

 Then to Indonesia

Then to Indonesia

 with its dancing girls

with its dancing girls

 However we had come to find the place where Atisha traveled from Bengal to study with the renowned Sumatran master Dharmakirti

However we had come to find the place where Atisha traveled from Bengal to study with the renowned Sumatran master Dharmakirti

 We looked for the place they met 1000 years ago

We looked for the place they met 1000 years ago

 found hints of it

found hints of it

 a grand gateway to the monastic complex where aspirants were questioned by sharp minded gate keepers, à la Nalanda

a grand gateway to the monastic complex where aspirants were questioned by sharp minded gate keepers, à la Nalanda

 Rinpoche prayed as we searched

Rinpoche prayed as we searched

 And then on to Borobudur

And then on to Borobudur

 and its famous noodle soup

and its famous noodle soup

 Finally, with the help of Adele, who wheeled Rinpoche through Jakarta Airport, we said goodbye

Finally, with the help of Adele, who wheeled Rinpoche through Jakarta Airport, we said goodbye