“Namaste” is the typical greeting here in Nepal.
With hands folded and a slight bow, it means that
“I bow to the divine in you.”  Our good friends
Larry Anderson and Kathy Shelby along with
Larry’s son, Tim (from Shanghai) were along
for the adventure.
Hanuman, the sacred Hindu Monkey God, is
anointed with crushed marigolds.

The Dalai Lama is no longer welcome in Nepal, despite
 his huge popularity, for fear of retribution from Nepal’s
 powerful Chinese neighbor. As he says, 
“In the practice of tolerance,
one’s enemy is the best teacher.”
At Durbar Square, a cobra rears his head behind this
statue of King Malla (1684-1705).  See the gilded bird on top
of the cobra?  The king (who became a hermit after
the death of his son) told his people that as long
as the bird was there, he was still alive.   To this
day, a room is prepared at the palace with a hookah
 ready should the king decide to return. 
Holy Sadhu men who have chosen to live life on
the edge of society to focus on their own spiritual
practice.  Many are yogis as well.
Cremation ceremony on the Bagmati River, which
was far from gruesome and quite serene.  The fire on the
left is being prepared for the body on the right.
After several hours, the ashes will be swept into
the sacred river.

The compassionate eyes of Buddha.
Balancing my chakra (non-physical energy
channels) with singing bowl therapy.
Yes, there is a bowl on my head, and he’s
hitting it with a mallet.  It was electrifying.
Scene from the Kama Sutra Temple, where people
come for practical advice on sex, love and life.
Two guys and a goat on a motorcycle.  There was
a big festival in Nepal, so this goat will likely be
sacrificed in a day or two.  Seems brutal, but they
do eat the goat after they offer up a bit to the gods.
  There are over 33 million gods in Hinduism!