Return to Karnataka

Back at Rato

Back at Rato

Long drive to get there  

Long drive to get there
 

past hills,

past hills,

some fanning skies.

some fanning skies.

Welcomed by Hubli friends;

Welcomed by Hubli friends;

It’s monsoon here

It’s monsoon here

I visit a cattle fair along the way

I visit a cattle fair along the way

Sellers watch

Sellers watch

and sellees wait

and sellees wait

some preen

some preen

and get dolled up

and get dolled up

some smile

some smile

or shy away  

or shy away
 

still others are oblivious

still others are oblivious

and await

and await

their fate

their fate

Off they go

Off they go

this way and that

this way and that

as do we all

as do we all

to greener parts, we hope

to greener parts, we hope

Back in the USA

Hello from New Jersey

Hello from New Jersey

Rinpoche has undergone cataract surgery

Rinpoche has undergone cataract surgery

The doctor is pleased

The doctor is pleased

plucks some lashes

plucks some lashes

and gives drops

and gives drops

But love is in the air...

But love is in the air...

My father and Sandra tie the knot!

My father and Sandra tie the knot!

They sign on the dotted line  

They sign on the dotted line
 

get prepared

get prepared

Other things are going on...  

Other things are going on...
 

other weddings too  

other weddings too
 

and then

and then

We Do!

We Do!

Les jeux sont faits!  

Les jeux sont faits!
 

Rien ne vas plus

Rien ne vas plus

Congratulations!!!  

Congratulations!!!
 

Hurray!

Hurray!

and the baton is passed on  

and the baton is passed on
 

New Jersey life proceeds

New Jersey life proceeds

Recent Indian Travels

In Delhi, Ganshyam rests from cooking as Master-ji tailors on

In Delhi, Ganshyam rests from cooking as Master-ji tailors on

Dear T T-la avoids the midday sun

Dear T T-la avoids the midday sun

And all enjoy their virtual realities

And all enjoy their virtual realities

though the wise stick to the visceral

though the wise stick to the visceral

We ride through life

We ride through life

nurturing our young

nurturing our young

and proudly parade along

and proudly parade along

My friends Shartse Khensur Rinpoche in the Trithog Khang

My friends Shartse Khensur Rinpoche in the Trithog Khang

Gautam Sachdeva at old Rato

Gautam Sachdeva at old Rato

And Madame Siddeshwar, the proud owner of Hubli’s finest steel Almirahs.   I love my Siddeshwar almirah and she is happy I do! 

And Madame Siddeshwar, the proud owner of Hubli’s finest steel Almirahs.  
I love my Siddeshwar almirah and she is happy I do! 

Our chief administrator, in charge while I’m away

Our chief administrator, in charge while I’m away

And then Bombay

And then Bombay

to visit its rocky coastline

to visit its rocky coastline

its blind minstrels,

its blind minstrels,

and Chowpatti Beach.

and Chowpatti Beach.

Some swim

Some swim

others preen

others preen

and everyone seems to pose

and everyone seems to pose

with modesty, of course

with modesty, of course

Take along a snack

Take along a snack

and enjoy the view

and enjoy the view

But be mindful of where you tread

But be mindful of where you tread

as life is full of life!!

as life is full of life!!

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

and seemed satisfied with my bla bla bla

and seemed satisfied with my bla bla bla

All well at Rato as we await the rains

All well at Rato as we await the rains