“We took a plane, then a bus, another plane, and then a bus, then a bus”

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I had to save this for last.  This song written by Patrice Monsour on the trip sums up the journey.  I wish I could share the audio version.  To hear her sing it in that sultry voice, is a treat for the ears!

A Thousand Steps

I know a place where incense billows to the sky

Where the heart of deep compassion hears the sound of every cry

You follow bodhisattva footsteps

Blazing dragons guard the way

It’s where the ancient sages studied

Where the common people pray

How did we find our way to this auspicious place?

We took a plane, then a bus

Another plane, and then a bus, then a bus, then a boat –

Another bus and then a boat on which we crossed the China Sea

I looked at Sue, she looked at me and we both said “Are we there yet?”

– Then we climbed a thousand steps.

I saw a woman there, she’s carved into a stone

She’s got a thousand arms to hold you

You could never be alone

She gives you drops of holy water

They sparkle like the dew

She listens deeply to your heart

Gives your relflection back to you –

It’s worth that l-o-o-ng climb to-o the top –

For that frozen mung bean pop!

500 Arhats on her mountain in the sky

Tell us a secret of compassion:

See the tear in every eye

We could be sitting on a lotus

Or riding on a fish

When we’re reclining on a pillow,

We can all remember “This” –

We took a plane, then a bus

Another plane, and then a bus, then a bus, then a boat –

Another bus and then a boat on which we crossed the China Sea

I looked at Sue, she looked at me and we both said “Are we there yet?”

– Then we climbed a thousand steps.

Yeah, we climbed a thousand steps.

So don’t forget, we climbed a thousand steps.

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