There are more moments than not when I wonder if this remote quadrant of cyberspace known as Dreaming of Danzan Ravjaa produces much meaning or benefit at all. Unfortunately, I’m often a glass-half-empty kinda guy. But then there are moments of such pure, exquisite sweetness that for a fleeting instant, the world seems suffused with love and all things possible. This is one of those.
Because of this blog, I’ve gotten to know a great guy named Ariel, who’s one of the enthusiastic board members of the DC Area Friends of Mongolia and occasional commenter here. During his time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia he made a love connection and married the lovely Khandaa. Well, Khandaa just gave birth to their first child, a healthy baby boy – whom they’ve chosen to name Danzan! Maybe I should let Ariel take over, from an email that just made my whole week:
“Now of course, part of the reason we named him Danzan, was because it's real easy for Americans to just say "Dan" – or easy for the English-speaking American friends we have.
“But one of the other major influences was my knowledge of the Buddhist scholar, poet, artist, and builder of monasteries – a certain Danzan Ravjaa. And most of that knowledge came directly from you -- so thanks for the positive influence!!”
Can you stand it?
“Danzan,” by the way, is the Mongolization of the Tibetan “Tenzin,” one of the names of HH the Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. It means “upholder of the Dharma.” So, beloveds, please join me in welcoming to the world little Danzan. May he live up to his name and grow strong in wisdom and compassion, and one day may he call me Monkle Konchog!