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

Life is a carousel

 Life can be a carousel

Life can be a carousel

 with ups and downs and turn arounds

with ups and downs and turn arounds

 It’s important to aim high

It’s important to aim high

 Some have better chances

Some have better chances

 some more challenges

some more challenges

 If we serve others

If we serve others

 keep our eye on the road

keep our eye on the road

 stay close to what’s important

stay close to what’s important

 true to our friends

true to our friends

 friends of virtue

friends of virtue

 close friends

close friends

 with faith

with faith

 effort

effort

 steadiness

steadiness

 perseverance

perseverance

 over a long long time...

over a long long time...

 we can achieve enlightenment!

we can achieve enlightenment!

 and thereby help others along their paths

and thereby help others along their paths

 to awakening

to awakening

 So don’t waste a moment!

So don’t waste a moment!