A Southeast Asian Adventure

 As the young Rato monks celebrated Tibetan New Year watching Hindi films

As the young Rato monks celebrated Tibetan New Year watching Hindi films

 Rinpoche and I left the monastery

Rinpoche and I left the monastery

 for Hong Kong

for Hong Kong

 where we visited the Big Buddha

where we visited the Big Buddha

 and the magnificent Guanyin, Buddha of Compassion

and the magnificent Guanyin, Buddha of Compassion

 whom Rinpoche prayed before

whom Rinpoche prayed before

 and who bestowed her blessings

and who bestowed her blessings

 Then to Indonesia

Then to Indonesia

 with its dancing girls

with its dancing girls

 However we had come to find the place where Atisha traveled from Bengal to study with the renowned Sumatran master Dharmakirti

However we had come to find the place where Atisha traveled from Bengal to study with the renowned Sumatran master Dharmakirti

 We looked for the place they met 1000 years ago

We looked for the place they met 1000 years ago

 found hints of it

found hints of it

 a grand gateway to the monastic complex where aspirants were questioned by sharp minded gate keepers, à la Nalanda

a grand gateway to the monastic complex where aspirants were questioned by sharp minded gate keepers, à la Nalanda

 Rinpoche prayed as we searched

Rinpoche prayed as we searched

 And then on to Borobudur

And then on to Borobudur

 and its famous noodle soup

and its famous noodle soup

 Finally, with the help of Adele, who wheeled Rinpoche through Jakarta Airport, we said goodbye

Finally, with the help of Adele, who wheeled Rinpoche through Jakarta Airport, we said goodbye