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December 21, 2008

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The recent photo of Nita is very cute.

I am not a convert Buddhist but Christmas was a family gathering around an endless evening meal, tree decoration, mutual exchange of gifts and congratulations. Kind of a cultural Christmas, more than a Christian one, but this is very common in France. In Spain, it is the same, plus the midnight missa. In Korea, it is mainly a commercial event and Christians just go to Church that day.

Must say, for me, Christmas is more important than any Buddhist holiday. And I envy your family in New England: I still haven't forgot a white Christmas when I was a child... There is nothing like it for me, even nowadays, when my beard is... white.

Have a nice time, Konchog. Warm thoughts of you will help us here stand the cold (only -5C in the afternoon, though).

Well, of course you're not a convert. You were Christian then, and you're Christian now!

Any word from Thimphu?

Nita looks so much like the little tabby and white cat I rescued last spring. Same rotund physique!

Although I haven't committed to Buddhism, I don't believe in all of the Christian dogma any more. But I do like some of Christ's teachings and a bit of thinking about giving to others is good for me.

Therefore, I agree with Christian's comment about observing a cultural Christmas rather than religious holiday. I have a very small family group, but we get together for a meal and exchange gifts.

Supposed to go up to +4 C on Wednesday and rain, so we might not have the white Christmas after all.

No nog or dancing round the flaming Hanukkah bush and it's not so cold in Tokyo. Sorry for not commenting on your reading post, I am reading "What Makes You Not a Buddhist." Though short, it is heavier than a double quarter pounder with cheese (don't ask how I know this.) And in place of bootleg dvds I am watching a collection of about 10 WC Fields movies over and over again, I'd forgotten what a genius he was.

I'm a convert Buddhist monk here in Korea. Christmas isn't such a big holiday in Korean Buddhist temples, so I suspect I'll do nothing this year at all...except chant Buddhist sutras with the other monks like usual. :)

Tashi Deleg Konchog! It's been a while -- since retreat! :-) Even though I am a convert Buddhist, I'm still expected to follow through with some family traditions. So, while low key, we will come together for a family dinner and gift exchange.
BTW, I love your Blog, and I read (and re-read) the link to "The Questions of King Milinda" -- brilliant!!!

As for what I'm reading 'the lizard cage' about Burma.

As for what I'm doing for the holidays, I'm celebrating hannukah with one loved one, christmas with my kids and friends... I'm a holiday 'ho, any excuse for eggnog and cookies (or latkes) is good for me.

We're snowed in here in Seattle, but digging out slowly. I hear the northeast got pounded!

Nita is a changed being, and beautiful. I'm not celebrating any holiday but am reading a lot. Right now it's Malcolm Gladwell's Oultiers -- a broad picture of what leads to success - in the worldly sense. Recently read Louisa Waugh's Hearing Birds Fly about a year she spent teaching English in what she said was the western most town in Mongolia, she was there for a year, living half the time with in a Mongolan family's extra ger and half with a Kazakh family, weathered a "typical" winter. There are always intrepid English women adventuring somewhere in the world. Prior to that read Pico Iyer's The Open Road, The Global Journey of the Dalai Lama which I think you wrote about a fair while ago. All good books in different ways. You're one of only 3 or 4 blogs I read regularly but have little I can contribute so just "lurk".

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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