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November 08, 2008

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Purrrfect. And in a little over 4 months, I shall be in Tso Pema to see where Padmasambhava earned that name.

Well Mel (that's fun to say), it's awesome that you're going to Tso Pema, such a powerful place, but it's not Padmasambhava's birthplace. That was on Lake Danakosha, which doesn't seem to exist, or is not identifiable, any longer but some speculate it was in the Swat Valley of modern-day Pakistan. When you go there, make sure to visit the small cave where Mandarava used to practice and where she sunk her hand into solid rock and gripped it so as not to be removed from her guru. A mind-blower.

Congrats on the latest feline family member. My own little Nyima left me some months ago and I fear became coyote popcorn, so I am down to one black and white beauty and a striped girl Samaya inherited; you may remember Dora? I was grateful for the way your Obamablog captured many of my feelings. I no longer have to apologize to my Tibetan friends for the state of my nation. At least not for its leadership. I would like to mention that Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal's biography of my (and countless others') root guru, H. H. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, is now available from Snow Lion. I have only begun it and am already aglow with awed & joyful devotion for the Master of Masters. The book is entitled Light of Fearless Indestructible Wisdom. BTW, just the other day I happened to hear an avant-garde jazz master I failed to mention in my previous post: Pharoah Sanders. Awesome.
All the best from rainy upstate New York.

What a sweet little girl, you certainly are gething quite a herd there, especially with one on the way. Good for you.

well, well, now you'll really get to try to herd cats, lol! she's beautiful (and i said that BEFORE the bath pic!)

Well done!

I wish I weren't allergic to cats. I like them.

Hi Konchog. I've heard much about you from the KPC sangha. Thank you for sharing your story about the new addition to your life. It gets a bit addicting. Seems I've collected 11 little ones (some not so little any more) over the last few years here in Colorado. It's wonderful you've opened your home to a life that otherwise might now have made it.

You're a good man!

Padma thanks all of you for the well wishes! She's very contentedly settled in.

Lama Kunzang-la: You lost Nyima?! Oh, how sad. How's Dora? Less skittish? I'm dying to read the Dudjom Rinpoche bio, and I LOVE Pharaoh Sanders -- I think there is a live disc with him and Coltrane together. You can imagine.

Rigpa Dorje: Welcome! I see we have the same ordaining lama. Have we met? In any case, I've linked your new blog. Keep writing!

Kushok Konchog-la,

Here is a teaser from Kyabje Rinpoche's bio:

In a time long ago, in a place far away - namely 1925, Kyabje Rinpoche's twenty first year, in Central Tibet:

"On an impulse I went to see Terton Zilnon Namkhai Dorje, and he received me with a joyful face....Then he bestowed Jamgon Kongtrul's secret empowerment of Dorje Drolo. He looked at me with eyes wide open and shouted, 'Phet!' In that instant my body, perception, and mind became unimpeded, all notions of solidity disappeared. 'That is the absolute wisdom empowerment. Supra tishta ye soha!' Saying this, he tossed barley grains skyward. From that time on, my mind remained relaxed and open. I felt no need to boast about spending months and years in retreat; nor did I feel the need to focus forcefully in my meditation, nor cling to practice schedules. I knew the power of the lineage realization of absolute truth had been transferred to me. This karmically connected great teacher was none other than Guru Padmasambhava."


Great post, good deed, best of luck with the new kitty!

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Mongolia Bird List: "L" = Lifer

  • Amur Falcon -- L
  • Arctic (Hoary) Redpoll -- L
  • Arctic Warbler -- L
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher -- L
  • Asian Dowitcher -- L
  • Asian Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Azure Tit -- L
  • Bank Swallow
  • Bar-headed Goose -- L
  • Barn Swallow
  • Bean Goose -- L
  • Black Grouse -- L
  • Black Stork -- L
  • Black Woodpecker -- L
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Black-eared Kite -- L
  • Black-headed Gull -- L
  • Black-tailed Godwit -- L
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Blyth's Pipit -- L
  • Bohemian Waxwing -- L
  • Booted Eagle -- L
  • Brown Shrike -- L
  • Carrion Crow
  • Chinese Penduline Tit -- L
  • Chukar -- L
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Citrine Wagtail -- L
  • Coal Tit
  • Common Cuckoo
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Greenshank -- L
  • Common Kestrel
  • Common Merganser
  • Common Pochard -- L
  • Common Raven
  • Common Redpoll
  • Common Redshank -- L
  • Common Rosefinch -- L
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Shelduck -- L
  • Common Snipe -- L
  • Common Starling
  • Common Swift
  • Common Tern
  • Crested Lark -- L
  • Curlew Sandpiper -- L
  • Dark-throated Thrush -- L
  • Daurian Jackdaw -- L
  • Daurian Partridge -- L
  • Daurian Redstart -- L
  • Demoiselle Crane -- L
  • Desert Warbler -- L
  • Desert Wheatear -- L
  • Dusky Thrush -- L
  • Dusky Warbler -- L
  • Eared Grebe
  • Eurasian Bullfinch -- L
  • Eurasian Coot -- L
  • Eurasian Curlew -- L
  • Eurasian Griffon
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Eurasian Nutcracker -- L
  • Eurasian Nuthatch -- L
  • Eurasian Skylark
  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  • Eurasian Spoonbill -- L
  • Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker -- L
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  • Eurasian Treecreeper -- L
  • Eurasian Wigeon -- L
  • Eurasian Wryneck -- L
  • Eyebrowed Thrush -- L
  • Falcated Duck -- L
  • Fork-tailed Swift -- L
  • Gadwall
  • Garganey -- L
  • Godlewski's Bunting -- L
  • Goldcrest -- L
  • Golden Eagle
  • Gray Heron
  • Gray Wagtail -- L
  • Great Cormorant
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Great Gray Shrike -- L
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • Greater Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Greater Spotted Eagle -- L
  • Green Sandpiper -- L
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Greenish Warbler -- L
  • Hawfinch -- L
  • Hazel Grouse -- L
  • Hen/Northern Harrier
  • Herring Gull
  • Hill Pigeon -- L
  • Hoopoe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Horned Lark
  • House Sparrow
  • Isabelline Shrike -- L
  • Isabelline Wheatear -- L
  • Kentish (Snowy) Plover -- L
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker -- L
  • Lesser Whitethroat -- L
  • Little Bunting -- L
  • Little Owl -- L
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Long-tailed Rosefinch
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Long-toed Stint -- L
  • Mallard
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Meadow Bunting -- L
  • Mew Gull -- L
  • Mongolian Finch -- L
  • Mongolian Ground-jay -- L
  • Mongolian Lark -- L
  • Northern Lapwing -- L
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Wheatear
  • Olive-backed Pipit -- L
  • Oriental Plover -- L
  • Oriental Reed Warbler -- L
  • Oriental Turtle Dove
  • Pacific Golden-plover -- L
  • Paddyfield Warbler -- L
  • Pallas' Reed Bunting -- L
  • Pallas's Leaf Warbler -- L
  • Pallas's Sandgrouse -- L
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Pied Avocet -- L
  • Pied Wheatear -- L
  • Pine Bunting -- L
  • Pine Grosbeak -- L
  • Pintail Snipe -- L
  • Red (Common) Crossbill
  • Red-billed Chough -- L
  • Red-crested Pochard -- L
  • Red-flanked Bluetail -- L
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Red-throated Flycatcher -- L
  • Richard's Pipit -- L
  • Rock Dove
  • Rock Sparrow -- L
  • Rook -- L
  • Ruddy Shelduck -- L
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Ruff -- L
  • Rufous-tailed Robin -- L
  • Saker Falcon -- L
  • Scaly Thrush -- L
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper -- L
  • Siberian Accentor -- L
  • Siberian Rubythroat -- L
  • Smew -- L
  • Spotted Flycatcher -- L
  • Spotted Redshank -- L
  • Steppe Eagle -- L
  • Swan Goose -- L
  • Temminck's Stint -- L
  • Thick-billed Warbler -- L
  • Tree Pipit -- L
  • Tufted Duck -- L
  • Twite -- L
  • Upland Buzzard -- L
  • Ural Owl -- L
  • Water Pipit -- L
  • White Wagtail
  • White-cheeked Starling -- L
  • White-naped Crane -- L
  • White-winged (Two-barred) Crossbill -- L
  • White-winged Scoter
  • White-winged Tern -- L
  • Whooper Swan -- L
  • Willow Tit -- L
  • Wood Sandpiper -- L
  • Yellow-billed Grosbeak -- L
  • Yellow-browed (Inornate) Warbler -- L