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June 04, 2009


Are you sure it's impossible to bring the kitties? I rescued my last dog Laika off the streets of Spain and brought her all the way to Arizona without a problem (other than me sobbing for 21 hrs straight). No quarantine. All we needed was current shots and a certificate of health from the vet.

She was 50 lbs-- big hairy beast. The customs agent at La Guardia waved her by without even looking in the cage.

"Very little to show"?? Konchog, I would not call Dulaan, for instance, very little. I would call it very good. A good start, if you wish, but not "very little." The best part of all was the inspiration -- so many knitters discovering that the creativity of the needles is nothing compared to the creativity involved in helping other folks with those needles. Thanks for everything you blogged -- all the learned Buddhist bits, of course, but also the weather reports, updates on animal rescues, bird sightings, and care package contents. I wish you fair winds, wherever you may go.

I will certainly miss your reports from Mongolia. Be well.

Your fam is in New England, right? Let me know if you really want to try to find a situation over here and I can see if I can come up with something. We can't do any more cats in my house, but I can ask around to some of my colleagues.

You done plenty, Uncle Konchog. Plus, a retreat with yer Ma? Awesome. Oh, and as for the big question mark, Portland could really use some churchin' up you know.

Not much to show? Of course not, you're a monk! But much to tell and a privileged life and time in Mongolia that few could do or have access too. That's the prob with being a monk - you don't get to be totally independent and decide your next move, but you know the possibilities to do good are endless. I'm sure the kitties will make it. Just have all their shots and documentation and crates and you'll be able to take them. Plus I'm sure you can use your Mom's address as your home address and deal with the rest when you get there. Buck up Dude! Look forward to the next chapter!

Hi there Cuzzin Tom – you don’t know me and I don’t really know you, but I do know Ryan and I was one of the Dulaan knitters…. Jeez, don’t you say you haven’t done anything in 4 years…. Sheesh, you’ve opened so many people’s eyes to a country in great evolution – me for example! If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have participated in Dulaan, and I wouldn’t be going to Mongolia this year with FIRE….. and my partner David wouldn’t be going either to give medical training….. see? You have planted so many seeds, and many of them are already sprouting. But, for strictly personal reasons I am sorry, because just yesterday David and I were talking about contacting you and Ryan to see if there was anything we could bring over to be able to meet you! Oh well…. If you are ever planning a trip to the PNW tell Ryan that Irina in Olympia wants to meet you! As for the kitties – get them their shots and bring them over – someone will surely step up to take care of them temporarily until you settle in. We need some blue blooded Mongolian kitties in this country!

I'm quite upset that you will be leaving Mongolia. You have accomplished a great deal during your stay. However it appears that Buddhism in Mongolia still needs support.

As for Mooj and Nita, please bring them back and we should be able to find homes for them.

I am sorry to hear of your imminent departure from Mongolia. Will the blog go too? I wish you well and I certainly hope that our paths cross again.


I just read the last three posts... what a shame that you are being recalled.

But it seems to me that you've got a great deal done! The translations, the prayer teachings, the support and publicity for temple reconstruction, the sending of young men and women for Buddhist training and ordination in India -- even the one-offs like raising funds for the young lady to go to school when her parents were ill!

And I think the benefits of your personal presence in the lives of the Mongolians you interacted with is most likely incalculable.

I'm very sorry to hear about your being recalled, because your work is so precious and so needed, especially as the X-ian missionary craze is only gearing up... not that this sort of "us or them" dynamic has anything to do with your work or approach.

We took little Danzan to KPC about a week ago with some friends and made the rounds of the stupa park. Unfortunately we'd arrived too late for the dharma talk. Maybe we'll see you there one day soon.

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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