The Himalayas, after my home in the South Island of New Zealand, is my second paradise on earth. Here the most sublime soaring mountain wildernesses are populated by cultures steeped in Buddhism and Hinduism whose mystical teachings I have studied all my life. From the master craftsman artists of the Newar Valley in Nepal to the most inconspicuous decoration of a villager anywhere in the high valleys there is a wonderful aesthetic feel and delight in all they create.