first came phd exams. then research time in india. one year on a fulbright grant reading sanskrit and tibetan narratives depicting the life of early buddhist communities, a second on an aiis grant, then came a third year to complete on a charlotte newcombe foundation. text was the mulasarvastivada vinaya. an impossibly long guide to monastic life. a wildly rich text. a storyteller's dream. phd is now done: but the series of years in india are not.