It is a beautiful Christmas eve morning here at the Monastery. The Monks are filing into the kitchen area for their morning ration of hot rice cereal. I am sitting with Sanjay Dechen, one of the teenage monks who is helping the cook, Dawa. He is shelling peas for our evening meal and sits quietly working. The fire light flickers on his face bringing light to the morning shadows and accentuating his beauty and peaceful manner. The simplicity of this life is a lesson to all and a reminder of how grateful we all should be for our families and our way of life in the United States. We have so much and they have so little yet they happy and loving. It is a lesson for us all. Merry Christmas!!!