S: Druk Yul '09
BC: if we have not found the heaven within, we have not found the heaven without
FC: In these days of wars and rumors of wars - haven't you ever dreamed of a place where there was peace and security, where living was not a struggle but a lasting delight? Of course you have. So has every man since time began. Always the same dream. | Druk Yul '09
1: Didn't you ever want to know what's on the other side of the mountain? | Chimilakhang
3: So the foreigner tends to ride upon the high though not very reliable horse of privilege, and to view the backwoods and their denizens from above. | Chimilakhang
4: It was one of those moments when everything came together, and there were no struggles or doubts, and nothing more to do but enjoy the sensation.
5: Chimilakhang | It was a vicious circle. If you succeed with one dream it’s not long before you’re conjuring up another... ...a bit more dangerous.
6: But of course the Drukpa do not recognize any physical explanation - for them all is magic and spells and the sport of the Gods. | Chimilakhang
7: Dochu La
8: Life is made of comings and goings and for everything we take we leave something behind.
10: Feathered birds, and fishes finned, And clouds and rain and calm and wind, And sun and moon and stars declare, All life is one life, everywhere;
11: ...That nothing dies to die for good In clay or dust, in stone or wood, But only rests awhile to keep Life’s ancient covenant with sleep. | Paro
13: The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve, And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.
15: Isn’t memory a wonderful deceiver? | Thimpu
16: Have we come here to count the seconds as they crawl steadily over our skies, the grains of sand in the day, the stars at night?
17: How fortunate are you and I whose home is timelessness; we have wandered down from fragrant mountains of eternal now to frolic in such mysteries as birth and death a day (or maybe even less)
18: I became aware of a feeling of complete freedom... We had responsibilities to no one but ourselves now, and there would be no one to intrude or come to our rescue.
19: .....as if all artists were not maddened narcissi falling into their own reflections – the drowning in self being one of the conditions for transcending the self.
20: She felt like a gypsy as she left. She was a person with no home, no roots, and a questionable destination.
21: We could have not done otherwise because it was our way of life that seemed to us valid.
23: Thimpu | I took everything as seriously as if I were immortal. ...I had spent my time counterfeiting eternity.
25: Gangtey Gompa
26: And how delightful to live with no imperatives, no kind of restraint.
27: Taktsang Gompa
28: Thou canst not travel on a Path before thou hast become that Path itself. | Taktsang Gompa
29: When you have earned the high horizon it isn’t easy to go back into your box, into a narrow island, an eternity of anticlimax.
30: Taktsang Gompa | Life is a process of self-realization, of becoming what you are.
34: Punakha Dzong
35: The will of God or the lunacy of man - it seemed to him that you could take your choice, if you wanted a good enough reason for most things. Or, alternatively, the will of many and the lunacy of God. It must be satisfying to be quite certain which way to look at it.
36: Punakha Dzong
39: There are moments in every mans life, when he glimpses the eternal.
40: Gentlemen, I give you a toast. Here's my hope that Robert Conway will find his Shangri-La. Here's my hope that we all find our Shangri-La.