I have the sense in Tibet that the land is alive. It reads like a manuscript punctuated with white Buddhist stupas and illustrated with painted rocks and caves high in the mountainside. Triangles and circular structures made of prayer flags mark where the local gods inhabit the mountains and lakes.
Nepal is a place full of opportunities to learn about religion, as well as humanity and its resilience. After the devastating earthquake, people continue their practice of the Dharma despite economic and political difficulties. Inspirational is one of the many things one could call this experience. My research in Nepal is not over but has just begun.
On the way to Myanmar I stopped in Japan to meet with scholars there studying Southeast Asia, Burmese Buddhism and Pali philology. In Myanmar I studied Burmese and also acquired numerous new materials crucial to my research, including an invaluable anthology of twenty-first century interpretations of Ū Nārada’s controversial writings.