13. Motorcycles, Scooters, and Tibetan Buddhists

Over thirty years ago, I rode a Honda motorcycle. While I had no cross-country adventures, I frequently made roundtrips of 200 mile. Since I didn’t have much money, I found the bike cheap and fun, especially in the autumns and springs. Slightly behind or contemporaneous with James Dean, Peter Fonda, and Dennis Hopper, I probably … Continue reading 13. Motorcycles, Scooters, and Tibetan Buddhists

11. Tibetan Buddhists in Diaspora

Family histories are complicated as evidenced by my family history and Mary, my wife's, family history. Regarding my family history, Chuck and Donna, my brother and sister-in-law, and Charles, Susan, and Melinda, my cousins, helped me recall parts of our family history. On my father’s “Lindquist” side, my Swedish great- grandfather came to this country … Continue reading 11. Tibetan Buddhists in Diaspora

9. What if William Moorcroft Returned Today? Ladakh’s Landscape: Physical, Cultural, and Religious

Nobody today is a William Moorcroft. After establishing a “hospital for horses” in London, the first veterinary college, and acquiring four patents for making horseshoes, Moorcroft became a veterinary surgeon of the British East Indian Company. In India, Moorcroft traveled to Tibet and then, with George Tredback, traveled and lived in Ladakh for two years … Continue reading 9. What if William Moorcroft Returned Today? Ladakh’s Landscape: Physical, Cultural, and Religious

8. His Holiness the Gyalwang Drupka My Crazy Tale

    I I’m browsing the Leh (India) Tibetan guesthouse bookshelf. I don’t know why, but I count the number of books. There are twenty-two books including Robert Pirsiig’s classic counter-cultural text Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Jane Austin’s  Victorian novel Mansfield Park, and Enid Blyton’s Hardy-boys inspired  childrens' book The Five Go … Continue reading 8. His Holiness the Gyalwang Drupka My Crazy Tale

6. Street Art, Notices, and Signs

While meandering along side streets between Kathmandu’s Thamel and Durbar Square, I came across some street art. Underneath many of the paintings was X College in conjunction with Kathmandu’s Heritage Walk. Rather than the work of a solitary artist such as a Banksy, this work appears to have been planned to celebrate Kathmandu. The subject … Continue reading 6. Street Art, Notices, and Signs