Kailash IRC has now new windows. They were made by professional workers . . .

. . . who worked very fast but did a very precise job.

Meanwhile preparations were made by Palden and Kyabchog in the Temple to spray-paint the ceiling white.

Palden is a professional painter and brought the equipment.

Before the work was done the lotus base for our Buddha-Shakyamuni statue arrived.

The path to Kailash is very steep and it was quite a challenge . . .

. . . to get the lotus down the path . . .

. . . and into the Temple, where Palden and Palden unpacked it.

No, this is not a Martian but Palden at work. If you are wondering about his outfit check the following pictures:

The ceiling is nice and white . . .

. . . and so is Palden’s face! Now you understand why he was wearing protective clothing.

The results of Palden’s work.

Meanwhile Katja has been preparing the radiators.

Lunch break on the terrace. It is not only our crew who enjoyed the warm day in February . . .

. . . but also our neighbours!

It must be Friday as Palden (not the one in the photo) has made a cake.

The dining room with the new window.

A few weeks later Buddha Shakyamuni arrived. As it wasn’t possible to carry the statue down the slope

. . . we were looking for the best solution for the transport and found out . . .

that using a helicopter was the most economical way.

We must have sent our order for a blue sky to get some dramatic pictures to the wrong address!

Buddha is ready to . . .

. . . fly to Kailash . . .

. . . where the instructor was helping the pilot . . .

. . . with precision guidance . . .

. . . as the Buddha had to be placed very close to the house . . .

. . . on a small spot.

No problem! The helicopter people really know their job.

The whole spectacle only took a few minutes . . .

. . . and off they go.

Next challenge – how to get the Buddha through the door as it is a bit too narrow.

Philip looks a bit skeptical. . .

. . . but they managed to get Buddha into the Temple. Don’t ask how!

The statue is now waiting to be filled and painted.

Our crew deserve a break . . .

. . . with coffee and . . .

. . . of course Palden’s legendary Friday-cake . . .

. . . that seems to be blissful.

What would a newsletter from Kailash be without a picture from the mountains. That’s it from this newsletter