My friend Patty (center) introduced me to Geshe Denma (left) and Geshe Drudak (right.)

These humble, wise men encouraged me to continue traveling and speaking about my book. “I’m not a lama!” I protested. “I’m just a lady!” But when I complained about being tired, they taught me the basics of prostration, which energized me a bit.

“The whole world is slowing down,” Geshe Drudak explained, with Geshe Denma translating. “Oil prices are dropping, economies are slowing…It’s fine to slow down sometimes.”

But I’m going to hit the road again soon.