Buddhist Eco-village planned for Leh, Ladakh

LOTUS an Eco-village initiated by Ladakh is to be build in area of 125 acres at Saboo Leh, The concept and design of the LBA Eco-Village has been inspired from the Buddhist art, architecture & philosophy. It is based on the core values of the teachings and philosophies of Buddha. All the micro things have been kept in mind so that the campus should radiate tranquility and serenity. …

1. Parent department complex
2. Youth wing complex
3. Women wing complex
4. The guest house
5. IT section / Publication section
6. Museum of artifacts and culture
7. Auditorium
8. Vocational Training Institute
9. Rehabilitation center (for drug/alcohol addicts/mentally deranged people)
10. Old age home

The Sangha campus includes a multi activity stadium named as “H.H. 14th Dalai Lama Stadium” having a capacity of 70,000 people. Sangha campus will have two indoor stadiums- one for ice hockey game and other for multi-purpose activities.

That’s the dream of Architect VIREN K.

(Click through for more graphics.) He doesn’t elaborate on where the money will come from.

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visiting Mike Sissons in Madrid

I spent a few days catching up with my long time friend. Staying with his family.

Mike and I hadn’t seen each other in over 20 years.

Having lived and taught in many nations, Mike has settled down. An artist, they live not far from the Prado.


This kid – Mike’s newphew – has been thrashing me at various games over the weekend. :-)


From Madrid I’ll travel southern Spain for a couple of weeks before flying out to Scotland October 18th.

Delhi Police return $1000+ to stupid tourist


To: Commissioner Delhi Police

Dear sir,

I write to commend your officers at the IGI Airport.

Arriving Delhi September 11th, 2015 (jetlagged after many hours) I accidentally dropped my money belt outside Terminal 3.

It was recovered by Police.

Head Constable Hanuman Sahib Meena used the documents within to track me down to a hotel in Leh, Ladakh where I was on holiday. He telephoned to arrange for me to collect the pouch on my return to Delhi, 3 weeks later.

I did check in at the Terminal 2 IGI Police Station on September 30th, 2015. Your officers were courteous, efficient and friendly.

I collected my money belt from lost property. Everything was there, including over $1000 cash.

I’m not sure the Canadian Police would have done better.

My sincere thanks.

Richard McCharles

Shanti Stupa, Leh, India

Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist white-domed stupa (chorten) on a hilltop in Chanspa, Leh district,Ladakh, in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

It was built in 1991 by Japanese Buddhist Bhikshu, Gyomyo Nakamura and part of the Peace Pagoda mission. …

The stupa has become a tourist attraction not only due to its religious significance but also due to its location which provides panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

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Reagan and GHW Bush on illegal immigrants

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube. (1980)

Six years later, as president of the United States, Reagan signed the Simpson-Mazzoli Act that created a pathway to citizenship for 3 million undocumented immigrants.

Today’s politicians are far to the right of Reagan and the good Bush. History will prove the Tea Party wrong.

farewell Ladakh


I’ve been in and out of Leh, Ladakh, northern India for the past 3 weeks.


Leh town for tourists is a disaster, actually.



I doubt the current beautification scheme will help much.


Very few local people have much concern for cleanliness or sanitation.


Many streets look like war zone slums.


I was passing this construction site when a shopkeep yanked me into his store. Workers dropped a metal sheet – by accident – close to where I would have been walking.


The biggest churches and mosques are clean, however.


If you walk long enough on side streets, you can find tidy buildings. Nice homes. The rich are very rich. And educated. India has good schools.


Banks machines work well. That’s one example of things getting better.

Internet goes out for DAYS at a time, however. :-(

They need the SPCA. Sick and starving dogs are pitiful.


Holy cows are a different problem. Hindus like having them wandering the streets.


One sheep hangs out near the mosque. I assume it’s waiting on the next Muslim feast.


Very few examples of quality can be found in Leh in 2015.

I was happy with my $30 Hotel Chube. One of the top rated on Trip Advisor. It’s at the bottom of the Fort stairs.


The best restaurant in town is OK – Chopsticks Noodle Bar. Many of the other top ranked choices I found lacking.

The best bookstore in town is excellent – Leh Linkg Cafe. Likely the best Ladaki bookstore in the world. I spent a lot of time in the used bookstore – The Book Worm– as well. All winter, when tourists are scarce, the owner opens the shop each day and reads his own books on a chair in front.


The Good-For-All shop is a plus. They’ll take your used batteries.



The tourist attractions are impressive: Castle Tsemo, Palace and Shanti Stupa. I’ll post photos of those over the next few days.

My favourite image is that of the peace Stupa lit up at night.