I visited India and Nepal for the first time on a Buddhist pilgrimage led by Shantum Seth in 2007. The following is from my 2008 trip to India, Nepal, and Tibet.

Drepung Monastery

A few yards past the big Buddha painted on the mountain on the way to Lhasa — the capital of Tibet — the driver took my tour guide, Gyantzing, and I past newly built summer houses. Although the houses have Tibetan-style murals, the walls are filled with capacious greenish…