As I prepare for the journey back to the Pure Land I find an inner peace and contentment taking shape within me. I so look forward to seeing old friends in Leh and to walking the pilgrim’s path in the rarified atmosphere of the high Himalaya, visiting monasteries and meditating in the silence.
I have been traversing the Himalayas for half my life as a self styled Buddhist pilgrim. I have a degree in cultural Anthropology and have a deep respect for indigenous cultures and the insight that they offer those of us who did not grow up in an indigenous cultural setting. I believe that exposure to diversity can reshape one’s worldview and open the mind and heart. In the act of immersing oneself in the philosophy, architecture and landscape that has shaped a culture, we expose ourselves to the diversity that is our humanity and our universal heritage. I hope to bring that experience to those with whom I share these journeys.