Busy schedules and last minute planning saw our numbers greatly reduced for the third leg of our pilgrimage. We have now visited just over a third of the total. I’m constantly impressed by the most beautiful scenery as we hike around this area I’ve been teaching in for almost ten years: through small, sleepy rural villages, up steep, deeply wooded mountains, into valleys bubbling with brooks. Often the goal is little more than a cinder-block hut housing holy images, preserved by the local devotees, occasionally we find ourselves standing before splendid Buddhist temples. All along the way, the camaraderie of our small band of English (and Buddhist) devotees is the greatest companionship one could hope for. Our next plan is to be tackling another dozen or so sites in the coming Autumn, so stay tuned for the next report.