Ling Rinpoche's Geshe Celebration...

We leave Rato to attend the celebrations at Drepung Loseling Monastic University

We leave Rato to attend the celebrations at Drepung Loseling Monastic University

Ling Rinpoche, the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Senior Tutor, is offered a Long Life Ceremony by the Abbot and monks of Loseling Monastery

Ling Rinpoche, the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Senior Tutor, is offered a Long Life Ceremony by the Abbot and monks of Loseling Monastery

Followed by a sumptuous luncheon offered to all by Ling Rinpoche

Followed by a sumptuous luncheon offered to all by Ling Rinpoche

Friends and guests from all parts have come: Venerable Abbot Jung Woo from Korea

Friends and guests from all parts have come: Venerable Abbot Jung Woo from Korea

Tiny Thapar

Tiny Thapar

and Jigme Lingtsang from New Delhi

and Jigme Lingtsang from New Delhi

Our monks prepare our campus for Ling Rinpoche’s visit to Rato Monastery

Our monks prepare our campus for Ling Rinpoche’s visit to Rato Monastery

all hands on deck

all hands on deck

even the little hands

even the little hands

The Disciplinarian, ex-Abbot and I hold incense sticks as we lead Rinpoche into our temple

The Disciplinarian, ex-Abbot and I hold incense sticks as we lead Rinpoche into our temple

Under the Buddha’s omnipresent gaze Rinpoche presides over our Rato monks

Under the Buddha’s omnipresent gaze Rinpoche presides over our Rato monks

and as we pray, tea is served

and as we pray, tea is served

Rinpoche made generous offerings to each monk

Rinpoche made generous offerings to each monk

The monks bow as we lead Rinpoche out

The monks bow as we lead Rinpoche out

We thank and bid farewell, receiving a blessed forehead touch

We thank and bid farewell, receiving a blessed forehead touch

The photographs I am in were taken by the Venerable Norbu Tsering

The Hubli-Dharwar Road...

As I waited for our administrators...

As I waited for our administrators...

the flow of life

the flow of life

and interruptions

and interruptions

Of many sorts

Of many sorts

Papa insisted I photograph his daughter

Papa insisted I photograph his daughter

Delighting in his paan

Delighting in his paan

He insisted on sharing the news with me

He insisted on sharing the news with me

and life goes on

and life goes on

Life in the Monastery...

Our Teak plantation

Our Teak plantation

and bodhi tree

and bodhi tree

our new choera pavilion all wrapped up

our new choera pavilion all wrapped up

and presided over by the raven

and presided over by the raven

a visit from Fakirappa

a visit from Fakirappa

and then a momo party

and then a momo party

where everyone goes to work

where everyone goes to work

and all hope to share

and all hope to share

they’ve come out very well

they’ve come out very well

salivatingly well

salivatingly well

some eat faster

some eat faster

than others

than others

and then we clean up

and then we clean up