Viva la France! This photo is of the temple at Lerab Ling, Sogyal Rinpoche's Tibetan Buddhist retreat land in the south of France. What a wonderful place this would be to visit tonight. I remember a previous Bastille Day at Lerab Ling. There was a wonderful party and people sang songs representing the different countries we were from. I'll never forget the French group poignantly singing La Vie en Rose, followed by the Americans singing Lord Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz. I don't think the French contingent understood the Americans' attempt at humor. They actually blew us out of the water with their passionate rendition.
I will never forget being in Paris on another Bastille Day and hearing fireworks and firecrackers all night in a district near the Eiffel Tower.
Truly, all people in the world are just brothers and sisters separated by circumstances. I'm glad to feel like a citizen of not just the United States, but of the world.
Viva la France! Happy Bastille Day. Let's all celebrate in our own way.