Dharamsala

 We’re safe up here

We’re safe up here

 and things run smoothly

and things run smoothly

 mail is delivered

mail is delivered

 and shoes are shined

and shoes are shined

 all fruit is organic

all fruit is organic

 the barber is friendly

the barber is friendly

 and the painter works late

and the painter works late

 Houses are painted

Houses are painted

 pajamas washed

pajamas washed

 the streets are active

the streets are active

 Superman's here

Superman's here

The World In Our Small Room

 Simon

Simon

 Carmen

Carmen

 Jean

Jean

 Dr. Tsetan Dorjee

Dr. Tsetan Dorjee

 Shyam

Shyam

 Norbu Tsering

Norbu Tsering

 Paul

Paul

 Annie

Annie

 Marianne

Marianne

 Han

Han

 Kara

Kara

 Joseph

Joseph

 Tommy

Tommy

 Gen Sonam Gyaltsen

Gen Sonam Gyaltsen

 Huichen

Huichen

 Geshe Dawa

Geshe Dawa

 James

James

 Jamyang’s brother

Jamyang’s brother

 His friend

His friend

 Claudia

Claudia

 Kadri

Kadri

 Gen Zumnyig

Gen Zumnyig

 Wato Geshe

Wato Geshe

 With Rinpoche

With Rinpoche

 
 Caught at it by Paul

Caught at it by Paul

Around and about, a busy time

 Truth pursued in the debating court

Truth pursued in the debating court

 and in the classroom

and in the classroom

 we must know how to write

we must know how to write

 modern techniques creep in

modern techniques creep in

 Our friends come to see what we're up to

Our friends come to see what we're up to

 Our neighbors are less impressed

Our neighbors are less impressed

 they forge on valiantly

they forge on valiantly

 I visit Jodhpur

I visit Jodhpur

 to see my multitasking father

to see my multitasking father

 who delights in marriage to Sandra

who delights in marriage to Sandra

 People in Jodhpur are modest

People in Jodhpur are modest

 they live in modest homes

they live in modest homes

 enjoying modest lives

enjoying modest lives

 laid back

laid back

 and happy

and happy

 They mind their own business

They mind their own business

 They’re cool

They’re cool

 real cool

real cool

 they share their tea

they share their tea

 and beedis

and beedis

 the love-bugs enjoy

the love-bugs enjoy

 the younger ones work

the younger ones work

 and play

and play

 while elders relax

while elders relax

 Paparazzi are shooed away

Paparazzi are shooed away

 Then Delhi for a moment with father and god father

Then Delhi for a moment with father and god father

 and then to Dharamsala

and then to Dharamsala

 but soon on the road again… to Zurich and then porsched to Bern

but soon on the road again… to Zurich and then porsched to Bern

 and on to Basel...

and on to Basel...

 a whiff of Paris

a whiff of Paris

 and to the Tuscan hills

and to the Tuscan hills

 where fellow monks plan a monastery

where fellow monks plan a monastery

 then Florence

then Florence

 to see old friends

to see old friends

 and on to Rome for communion at Giolitti's

and on to Rome for communion at Giolitti's

 and a blessing from San Antonio

and a blessing from San Antonio

 Then on to Delhi book fair

Then on to Delhi book fair

 and Dharamsala where the pursuit of truth goes on

and Dharamsala where the pursuit of truth goes on

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