My dear friend Lopen Karma Gellay after just finishing a seven-year meditation retreat. I met Lopen Karma in 1994. He was the first Bhutanese monk to befriend me. I've been blessed by Lopen Karma's friendship for almost 30 years. When Lopen walks into a room, everyone and everything becomes lighter and brighter. One night, years ago, before leaving for Lunana, I stayed with Lopen Karma in a small house next to Tashichho Dzong. After dinner, Lopen said to me, "Those who take long walks in high empty places realize their spiritual goals."