Our good friend Stuart Pridham is abroad, taking audio snapshots of events as they unfold. The first of these he sent us is from Nako in eastern Himachal Pradesh.
In his words: The first recording was ‘a funny thing happened to me on the way to a shamanic ceremony’.
There was an optional votive hike to a chorten way up the hill beyond where the ceremony was to take place and me and the gals had had enough of the climb and headed back down. They decided to join hands in the middle of the field we were in and spontaneously sing.
The second recording was of a lama at midday prayers in Key Monastery in the eastern Himacal Pradesh not far from the Tibetan border. A happy bunch of monks here, and the prayer songs were wonderful.