Parmarth Niketan Ashram, India, 10-day retreat, March 2007.
Between orange schoolhouse—boys in yellow—and parking lot/cricket field, our meditation hall. In the parking lot 8 white cars wear red VIP police lights, and 8 white rabbit “use me” trash cans peek through the fence. Guards let everyone past the sign: “Silence. No entry without Permission.” Bells, loudspeakers, fire prayers. Green lychee blossoms. Green lychee shade.