Kalachakra in Bodhgaya...

 Arrival in Patna, capital of the state of Bihar

Arrival in Patna, capital of the state of Bihar

 The most revered image of the Buddha, said to have been made by a celestial artisan during Buddha’s lifetime

The most revered image of the Buddha, said to have been made by a celestial artisan during Buddha’s lifetime

 Offerings around the Mahabodhi Temple — Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra of compassion

Offerings around the Mahabodhi Temple — Om Mani Padme Hum, the mantra of compassion

 A pilgrim turning his mani wheel among the stupas on the Mahabhodi Temple grounds

A pilgrim turning his mani wheel among the stupas on the Mahabhodi Temple grounds

 as others meditate, chant and circumambluate

as others meditate, chant and circumambluate

 Young monks pray, play

Young monks pray, play

 while their sister engages in intense mindful practice

while their sister engages in intense mindful practice

 We crossed the river...

We crossed the river...

 to visit the place where Buddha engaged in six years of austere meditation

to visit the place where Buddha engaged in six years of austere meditation

 fasting to the point where his ribs and veins protruded, before accepting Sujata’s rice pudding and gaining the strength to realize enlightenment

fasting to the point where his ribs and veins protruded, before accepting Sujata’s rice pudding and gaining the strength to realize enlightenment

 Buddha walked the land of King Bimbisara

Buddha walked the land of King Bimbisara

 up to Vulture’s Peak

up to Vulture’s Peak

 where he taught the Perfection of Wisdom

where he taught the Perfection of Wisdom

 his most essential teaching, "...form is empty, emptiness is form, form is none other than emptiness and emptiness is none other than form…"

his most essential teaching, "...form is empty, emptiness is form, form is none other than emptiness and emptiness is none other than form…"

 This poor cow lies beside the holy peak

This poor cow lies beside the holy peak

 and hopefully hears recitations of the Heart Sutra

and hopefully hears recitations of the Heart Sutra

 while others try to make a buck promoting Mother India

while others try to make a buck promoting Mother India

 and yet others prepare Shiva-inspired shack-tea and tandoori rotis

and yet others prepare Shiva-inspired shack-tea and tandoori rotis

 And then... Patna Airport where we’re reminded of the madness of life

And then... Patna Airport where we’re reminded of the madness of life