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April 03, 2009

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Our prayers go out to this soul. While I am not of your faith I participated in the knit garments for Mongolia through Mossy Cottage. We send peace and blessings at this terrible loss.Our hearts are with you.

I was also there at the beautiful and joyful ceremony and my prayers are with Dave, a wonderful human being, as well as with the families of all concerned...

Your statement of "the viciousness of samsara" really struck me. i have been mulling that over all day. Of course we pray, that seems all we can do. How do we live with the senselessness of such killings, the torture of monks and nuns, and war? any related readings you know of? Thanks Konchog for the view.

"Your prayers are urgently needed."

Given.....

While my heart is broken, I am sending positive energy to Hongxiu Mao from SF.

This is David Marsland.

In this difficult and unfortunately very public moment, I would like to offer this thought:

If this very confused person thought he could use hate and destruction to send a message, his purpose is easily defeated.

My wife Hongxiu Mao was a beautiful, happy and loving person. She loved people and the outpouring of love and response from those who knew her demonstrate the awesome power of this love.

For Hongxiu to survive, all that needs to happen is for all of us to respond as my teacher Penor Rinpoche always taught me, display loving kindness and compassion to all. In this way one loving heart can be transformed into a million loving hearts, and the killer's purpose is undone.

Many of us feel that His Holiness went to be with all who died that day, especially this confused man, who I hope will now see my perfect teacher's fact and hear his voice.

Many, many thanks to the sangha as I know that thousands and thousands of people are doing pujas and practice.

Dear David,

Thank you for taking the time, in your grief, to post this incredibly lovely sentiment for all of us. I am sorry for the public nature of your tragedy, but glad at the very least that so many could be moved to consider everyone involved with compassion and caring.

Your teacher clearly lives in you now, as does the radiance of your wife's love. May your strength of character cause you to positively absorb these spiritually potent lessons and bring more and more benefit into this imbalanced world.

Yes David, thank you for taking the time in this moment of life's transition to remind us all the beauty which the Buddha and Hongxiu Mao emmitted!

My heart and prayers go out to you and all those who were personally touched by this event.

My prayers to all those affected by this event. I was moved to comment by this absolutely beautiful post and by David's thought as well. It's very inspiring to see compassion extended to the killer and his loved ones; my husband and I lost a close friend to the Virginia Tech shooting 2 years ago; there was sadness for all the victims' families, of course, but online, I saw nothing but hate and anger directed to the killer. I thought "Why? Karma and samsara will keep affecting him, and when that suffering happens we will probably feel compassion for him...in fact, why wait to feel it?" My practice is not perfect, and posts and blogs like this just remind and inspire me. Thank you.

I am in awe of David's extraordinary wisdom and virtuous speech in sharing how we all can contribute and expand his wife's legacy. Thank you, David...our prayers are with you.

And to Janet, for her comment..."in fact, why wait to feel it?" (compassion)....thank you for that pith reminder.

So many hearts pouring love without restraint...

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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