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Manifesting Myself

Tahoe is buried in fresh snow, the earth encased in a pristine shell that dissolves beneath feet and fingertips. Perfect conditions to learn how to snowboard. So I did. People who meet me and hear that I’m a trekking guide in Nepal often conjure an image of me...

Village Return

Our 13-seater plane landed on the grass runway while I was grinning foolishly with excitement. A decade ago, my time with the Peace Corps in Khadbari village was idyllic. Sure, it was hard at times, but it was also a peaceful and communal existence. Landing here again...

Buddhist Mask Dance Festivals – Bhutan

Two short video clips from the recent celebrations in Bhutan… These dances are part ethical parable, part Tantric secret–visual stories that teach basic Buddhist principles yet also have deeper esoteric content to promote the spiritual release of everyone...

Night Hunting

“C’mon brother, let’s go!” Tshetem’s older brother used to urge him out into the night, needing a companion for the long walk to a home far enough away that it was unlikely to house a cousin or a valued neighbor. Once there,...