This body of work was completed in the Himalayas of India, in a place known as Dev-Bhumi or Land of Devas and Devis. This is where I was born and grew up, and is where my father established a Tibetan refugee camp called Bir Chogan. I painted these works during a time when, after many years, I had returned to stay in Bir for five years with some of my close students. In particular, I had brought my son Jampal Norbu there in order to train him in traditional Buddhist philosophy, or shedra studies. As a group, the students studied the classical texts of the Indian Nalanda scholars and also learned how to translate, read and speak Tibetan. During the weekends, as I found time, I did some paintings; therefore, this collection is affectionately called Paintings of Great Joy From the Himalayas.