Recent travels...

A quick trip to America…

 It was cold upon our arrival

It was cold upon our arrival

 and soon it snowed

and soon it snowed

 Rinpoche had his eyes checked; all is well

Rinpoche had his eyes checked; all is well

 we can see for ourselves

we can see for ourselves

 The snow melted in South Orange

The snow melted in South Orange

 and then

and then

 It really really snowed!!!

It really really snowed!!!

 I visited my brother

I visited my brother

 who taught me Iyengar Yoga

who taught me Iyengar Yoga

 I only spent a moment in America, not long enough to see dear friends and family. My apologies to all; I had to be back in India before the expiry of my visa at the end of March!

I only spent a moment in America, not long enough to see dear friends and family. My apologies to all; I had to be back in India before the expiry of my visa at the end of March!

 I returned to the heat of the south where Krishna waters the thirsty plants

I returned to the heat of the south where Krishna waters the thirsty plants

 and we try not to move too much

and we try not to move too much

 except to fetch water

except to fetch water

 or play cricket

or play cricket

 The trees stand tall

The trees stand tall

 or try to

or try to

 George has a new grandson, and guess what he’s called...

George has a new grandson, and guess what he’s called...

 George!!!

George!!!

 A delegation of Marthoma Syrian Christians presented me with a Tibetan Bible

A delegation of Marthoma Syrian Christians presented me with a Tibetan Bible

 and the trees still dance delightfully outside my window

and the trees still dance delightfully outside my window

 I say my prayers

I say my prayers

 and enjoy Suresh’s momos.  All is well.

and enjoy Suresh’s momos.

All is well.

Samsara...

 Hong Kong

Hong Kong

 Some serious and others less so

Some serious and others less so

 Everyone intent!

Everyone intent!

 and on to Delhi where samsara exhibits itself playfully

and on to Delhi where samsara exhibits itself playfully

 Krishna and Radha flirt

Krishna and Radha flirt

 and Russian devotees convert

and Russian devotees convert

 where livin is easy, even in winter

where livin is easy, even in winter

 though we wear a coat

though we wear a coat

 and a roof over our head helps

and a roof over our head helps

 but not essential

but not essential

 and life goes rolling along

and life goes rolling along

 with a tea break every now and then

with a tea break every now and then

Life goes on…

 Hello from Police Headquarters where I submitted my application for a visa extension

Hello from Police Headquarters where I submitted my application for a visa extension

 The inspector kindly poses with his new phone

The inspector kindly poses with his new phone

 I’ve been told to carry on as abbot of Rato… these are some of our Rato monks...

I’ve been told to carry on as abbot of Rato… these are some of our Rato monks...

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 and this is where I live

and this is where I live

 and my view

and my view

 Lingappa who drives

Lingappa who drives

 and Suresh who cooks

and Suresh who cooks

 and who’s father is over 100

and who’s father is over 100

 And Ling Rinpoche

And Ling Rinpoche

 We leave… 

We leave… 

 and stop in Bangapour to visit Abdul, master builder who constructed Rato Dratsang

and stop in Bangapour to visit Abdul, master builder who constructed Rato Dratsang

 and his family

and his family

 And now in Hong Kong where life continues

And now in Hong Kong where life continues