Happy Easter

Through the Punjab

Through the Punjab

and on to Taiwan

and on to Taiwan

with its gardens

with its gardens

robust

robust

elegant

elegant

creative

creative

and mobile

and mobile

And back to India

And back to India

vibrant

vibrant

religious

religious

superstitious

superstitious

lyrical

lyrical

joyful

joyful

and laid back

and laid back

wonderful cuisine

wonderful cuisine

great art

great art

nurturing

nurturing

and nurtured

and nurtured

Then south

Then south

it’s hot

it’s hot

I learn to use a normal lens

I learn to use a normal lens

anticipating pasta

anticipating pasta

with Mala’s cheese

with Mala’s cheese

and Suresh’s culinary touch

and Suresh’s culinary touch

as he celebrates his daughter’s new life

as he celebrates his daughter’s new life

A Long Life ceremony for Khyongla Rinpoche offered by Zopa Rinpoche

Rinpoche leaves his room below the main temple in Dharamsala

Rinpoche leaves his room below the main temple in Dharamsala

to make his way to Tushita

to make his way to Tushita

where Lama Zopa Rinpoche welcomes him

where Lama Zopa Rinpoche welcomes him

Zopa Rinpoche makes prostrations which Khyongla Rinpoche stands for

Zopa Rinpoche makes prostrations which Khyongla Rinpoche stands for

And then Zopa Rinpoche makes a mandala offering, a symbolic offering of the entire universe and part of the ceremony requesting that Rinpoche live long.

And then Zopa Rinpoche makes a mandala offering, a symbolic offering of the entire universe and part of the ceremony requesting that Rinpoche live long.

Other lamas offer their respects; Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche—the reincarnation of one of the HH the Dalai Lama’s debating partners and a teacher of Khyongla Rinpoche’s—makes offerings. Behind him is Dragri Rinpoche from who’s predecessor Khyongla Rinpoche received many teachings in Tibet.

Other lamas offer their respects; Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche—the reincarnation of one of the HH the Dalai Lama’s debating partners and a teacher of Khyongla Rinpoche’s—makes offerings. Behind him is Dragri Rinpoche from who’s predecessor Khyongla Rinpoche received many teachings in Tibet.

Monks of Rato and other monasteries then offer white khatas as a sign of the purity of their thoughts toward Rinpoche

Monks of Rato and other monasteries then offer white khatas as a sign of the purity of their thoughts toward Rinpoche

Rinpoche awaits a khata to offer to the throne of His Holiness

Rinpoche awaits a khata to offer to the throne of His Holiness

The important guests are offered a seat for the group photograph

The important guests are offered a seat for the group photograph

Zopa Rinpoche is seated

Zopa Rinpoche is seated

And then it’s over

And then it’s over

Rinpoche returns to his room where he prays for the happiness of all sentient beings before gifts he received

Rinpoche returns to his room where he prays for the happiness of all sentient beings before gifts he received

Happy Losar

Go Karna!!!

Go Karna!!!

Go Go Go!!!

Go Go Go!!!

Brahma Moos for you

Brahma Moos for you

A peek at the sea

A peek at the sea

and back to Rato

and back to Rato

where cleaning begins

where cleaning begins

sweeping

sweeping

and decorating

and decorating

to prepare for our little monks’ exams

to prepare for our little monks’ exams

they clutch their texts

they clutch their texts

peek in

peek in

and recite what they have memorized

and recite what they have memorized

Tea?

Tea?

and then its over

and then its over

A local village

A local village

welcoming

welcoming

informal

informal

elegant

elegant

and young

and young

Back to my view

Back to my view

and to our world

and to our world

where pre Losar cleaning begins

where pre Losar cleaning begins

It’s a big affair

It’s a big affair

all join in

all join in

the cooks move out

the cooks move out

and then the fun begins

and then the fun begins

Happy Tibetan New Year!!!

Happy Tibetan New Year!!!