|Meditation Master of the Karma Raja Maha Vihar, Sonam Guermei, and myself, 1985,
|My English students, Pokhara, Nepal---Debu Kagyu Ling monastery 1982 (app) Annapurna top left.
|HH Dobsong Rinboche, makes offering to a newly recognized Turlku,
Tennyi Sabchu Rinpoche. Karma Raja Maha Vihar--1980s
|On the lake with one of my students named "tulku."
|Kamala with my first daughter Rachel, in the Himalayas 1985. We did an elaborate
puja for Rachel at the monastery I stayed 12 years earlier. The candles and prasad
are set up on an image of the Buddha's hand; in the center is an efigy of Rachel. All
of her obstructions are transfered to the efigy and later at the conclusion of prayers
the efigy is broken up and thrown on the hillside.
|HH Chokling Rionpoche, left and his brother, HH Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche at the
Karma Raja Maha Vihar, Swoyambu, 1980s. Link to their website below:
|Visiting with HH Trushik Rinboche at his Himalayan monastery Tupten Cholling in the 1980s. HH Trulshik Rinpoche was the first Lama I offered a Katha to, in 1969. We remain friends
to this day. I am here visiting on my birthday. Below bottom: Trushik Rinpoche attended by Ngawang Norbu descend the stairs of the shrine room after prayers.
|This photo of HH Digo Khentse Rinpoche walking with HH Trushick Rinpoche is
actually a photo of a photo I found interesting as is the photo below of HH Dilgo
|Here is a picture of my teacher, Tripitika Master Hsuan Hua, and Mr Beckstoffer
signing papers during our purchase of what was to become the City of Ten
Thousand Buddhas. also pictured is myself in black cap, bhikshu Heng Kuan,
bikshunis Heng Yin and Heng Chih..
|This is another photo of a photo. HH 16th Karmapa is shown here
surrounded by some of the great lamas of the Kagyupa tradition, of
which HH Karmapa presides.
|Right: a very young HH Trushik Rinpoche
|The above shots are both of the great master HH Kalu Rinpoche. The shot on the right was shot
of the new incarnation, in Santa Monica, Calif. around 1995 (app???) after he had given a refuge
ceremony. I had brought my two daughters to take refuge.
|Above: What you eating; looks pretty good!!!---My daughter Rachel and friend.
Left : Mudra comforts Rachel on a hot monsoon afternoon
|Above and left: My how they grow up!! In both photos Mudra
on right and Rachel on left. Recent shot taken this year
(2006) during Mudra's high school graduation ceremony.
|Above: the house I built in Nepal near the Swoyambu Stupa.--Below: Work in progress.
|The Forestry Minister and I did the first nepalese translation of a
work by Marie Montessori; "What You Should know About Your
|Here I am with Samuela and some of her students whom I taught
|HH Trulshik Rinpoche in Swoyambu. "Mad Monk" (Ngawang Tenzin) a frequent
assistant to Rinpoche is on his left.
|Early days of marriage to Kamala after ten years as a fully ordained monk and
about five years as a wandering hermit. We have three lovely children together
and regular contact although no longer married.
|My sister Laura and I in Las Vegas a few years ago.
|Lama Phuntzo with the young monks of the Karma Leksha Ling. The
monk center with most yellow displayed is Gyalpo Rinpoche, the
incarnation of a great yogi from Manang Nepal.
|My two daughter as they appeared
daily ready for school.
|My Teacher Tripitika Master Hsuan Hua (April 16, 1918 – June 7, 1995) with whom I took the bhikshu precepts in 1971 and remained
with until 1982 when I returned to Nepal. The Elder Master Hsu Yun saw that the Master was an outstanding individual in Buddhism
and transmitted the Dharma-lineage to him, giving him the Dharma name Hsuan Hua and making him the Ninth Patriarch of the Wei
Yang Sect, the forty-fifth generation since the First Patriarch Mahakashyapa.
|A chance encounter with HH Chokling Rinpoche at the Kathmandu airport in
2005. Pictured here with my daughter Rachel. We hadn't seen each other for
about 12 years. We later spent some time together in subsequent days doing
puja in Pharping and wonderful meals in Kathmandu.
|We often had monks come and do prayers for our children. Here are Kuwang
and Karti, from the karma Raja Mahavihar, in Swoyambu,, blessing Rachel.
|Some morte shots of my students from Pokhara during my early days in Nepal.
Above we are out of the monastery for a weekly outting---something we all looked
very much forward to, especially the young monks who were under extreame
disipline all week. To the right is the weekly bath.
|It was a wonderful six months teaching these monks. Some of them
remaine friends to this day.
|Above: Annapurna is slightly visible top left.
|Right: Setting up for a fire puja in our
home in Kathmandu.
One of my best friends, Himalayan Tiger, Topkhey
Lama and I, Nepal, 1969
We found each other again by chance (after over
30 years during HH Trulshik Rinpoche's instalation
of the Maratika Lama) see "drifting section."
|My daughter Rachel and I depating Oahu for Kathmandu