Well, against improbable odds, they let me back into America again. Even the ones I had in tow. Now ensconced at a sister’s, getting sleep cycles sorted, bracing for more Mongol invasion once I get to my mama’s. Plans are evolving, self-destructing, re-evolving.
Speaking of evolution, The Buddhist Channel just highlighted Russia Today’s snapshot of the current state of Buddhist resurgence in Buryatia (a Siberian province of Russia near Lake Baikal, just over the northeastern Mongolian border and ethnically Mongol). Based on the following, I might suggest that Russia’s head lama consider joining the 20th century. We’ll work up to the 21st as things develop:
“Buddhism, being so tolerant, is drawing more and more young people to datsans. The first Buddhist monastery for women opened some nine years ago opened here, in Buryatia.
“The women from the monastery conduct almost all traditional Buddhist rituals, but in fact they lead a normal life. All of them are married. They have children, but they say that doesn’t stop them from profoundly believing in Buddha’s teaching.
“ ‘You know it’s very difficult to keep the balance between normal life and faith. I think it’s even a more difficult spiritual task than just segregating oneself,’ says Zorima Budaeva, one of the female Buddhist monks.
“ ‘Women can sincerely believe in something, but they can rarely understand it. Buddhism needs understanding much more than blind faith,’ Khambo Lama Azyusheev, the Head of Buddhist Sangkha (sic) of Russia notes.
“And to that Buryatia’s women Lamas gave a simple response: Buddhist philosophy is so deep that these days even men have difficulties perceiving it…”