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July 04, 2009


Let me be the first of many to say that I have loved reading DODR over the years, not only for your insights into life in Mongolia, but also for your point of view on the world. I wish you the best in your future endeavors, and would be happy to see you any time you wander out to the west coast.

Thank you Konchog, your posts have been inspirational, informative and amusing. I am so saddened that your Mongolian adventure can not continue at this time, what with the politics and economy of the time, impermanence eh! Have a great retreat, should be exceptional this year.

Take care Your Vajra Brother Senge

Dear Konchog,

I have read your blog for several years now. I also got the opportunity to meet you in UB in early June last year which I really appreciated. I have enjoyed reading about your thoughts and observations about Mongolian life. I am really sorry that it was not possible to continue your work in Mongolia. I hope I might meet you again sometime and also hear more about your thoughts about the future of the Dharma in this country.

Wishing you all the best for the future.

Yours in the Dharma.

Egil Lothe

Not only dreams, but ultimately all things.

I didn't discover your blog until well after I myself had left Mongolia, but I have enjoyed quite a bit reading it over these last few months.

I wish you the best of luck for whatever's next for you in this life, and those subsequent.

Happy Independence Day to you too!

Thanks for everything.
From another American in Mongolia...

Your words will be missed.
Be well, and good luck to you.

Dear Konchog,

Merely echoing the heartfelt sentiments posted here to say wonderful it was that you were able to share your work and insights into the Buddhism revival project in Mongolia. Had it not been for your blog, I never would have known about the good works there. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to share so much with us out here in the ether of cyberspace. I pray fervently that the pure nectar blessings of HH Penor Rinpoche continue to help you, and all sentient beings, along the dharma path.

Sarva Mangalam!

I am with the commenter who enjoyed, not only your info about Mongolia, but your own points of view on various topics, Dharmic and worldly. I would hope that you would begin another, post DODR, blog as a vehicle for your ongoing comments on the mysteries and vagaries of life. May your Dharma future be clarified in Retreat, where I look forward to seeing you again in person.

Thank you for letting all of us out here in Ethernet Land be part of your teaching and thinking and observing the world around you. You have given us Mongolia, pieces of it anyway, in wise words and astonishingly lovely photos. You have touched many of us in ways that you will probably never know. How else would I ever have found out that my local post office station had never sent anything to Mongolia before ("You're sending COFFEE to Mongolia?")? I will miss you very much. Reaching out, the way you have done in DODR, will probably continue to be something you feel impelled to do, so I am looking forward to finding out whatever it is you do next. When you get blogging again, tell your Cuzzin Ryan to put the info in her blog so I can catch up with you (that's how I found you in the first place). Meanwhile, peace and many blessings to you, and love from people you have never met...

I shall miss this blog very much. I've been mostly a silent reader, one who did visit Mongolia and loved it but who is not a Buddhist although very much impressed with both your work and the rebirth of the traditions after the years of Communism. You write very well, and I was grateful for the sense of humor, the personal asides and the links you supplied because I am very interested in the plight of the Buddhists in Tibet.

Thank you also for your interest in the women as well as the men with monastic aspirations. And thank you for the wonderful photos. Are you aware that it's possible to have a blog's contents produced in book format? I suspect it's pricy but much about your blog is historic and it will be sad if it dissolves into the virtual reality ... yes, I know about the impermanence of all but I also respect history.

Best wish in whatever path you follow in the future.


I'm saddened that you are ending this blog now that your work in Mongolia cannot be continued. Your observations on life have been fascinating especially your words and photos of the amazing people involved in the revival of Mongolian Buddhism.

Thank you for sharing your compassion, wisdom and sense of humour with us. I second Kay's request that if you decide to start another blog, please let the knitters know.

I wish you every success in your new Path.

Travel well.


PS all the best to the cats too! Hope you are soon reunited.

de-lurking to echo the sentiments of all those above. Konchog, I have always enjoyed your 'voice', perspective and dedication to your life path and to the benefit of all beings. I hope you will consider blogging again from wherever your path takes you. I also found you via Cuzzin Ryan so please do ask her to keep us informed. All best wishes to you now and always. namaste.

Dear Konchog,

We miss you in Mongolia! I enjoyed reading your blog...and now wonder if you will start a new one... :")

Take care and please give a big hug to Mooj and Nita on my behalf when you see them!

Hi, I'm one of the "lurkers" who have been enjoying your blog. Best of luck wherever the future brings you!

I'm thankful that I came across your blog (and email link) when I did. Checking your blog daily has become such a habit in the past six weeks. Hopefully in the very near future you will find yourself authoring a new blog, even if it's just to keep us informed of the American Adventures of Mooji and Nita!! Enjoy your retreat..

God speed you in all ways!

Please heed all these comments and return soon in bright new bloggarb (lol) to the community of friends that has gathered around you and will sorely miss reading about your world view, insights, warmth, teachings, humor, and birdie-obsessed brain.

All my love and a big hug,

Travel safely. Love and Light.


Your blog will surely be missed! It has affected me greatly.
And through it I have found not only a way to be in Mongolia without actually being there, but the sangha here in the DC area. You're postings have also led me to think about various Budddhist insights, to to read certain books, to find out who Danzan Ravjaa was and why he was so important, and it's helped me find ways to improve myself through meditation and chanting.

Good luck with all future efforts my friend!

Friends of Mongolia

Your blog has been an invaluable and witty resource about Mongolia and Mongolian Buddhism. Best wishes on your new inner journeys. For your blog fans that will miss hearing your visits to Mongolian artist Soyolmaa and seeing her work, a new video has been released on You Tube


I lurked more than anything, but I've really enjoyed your blog. If you find yourself setting out on a new adventure, I hope you'll start blogging again. Email when you can and let me (and everyone else) know what you settle into in the coming months.

Thank you for writing a wonderful and inspiring blog. Over the past year I have enjoyed reading of your adventures from a far away land, the wonders of hidden treasures, the best coffee, learning about different bird species, as well as so many other things. I have also treasured the amazing Dharma stories which you provided. It is sad to such great writing disappear but such is the nature of impermanence. I wish you the best in your new adventures and hope that they inspire you to one day return to the blog world and share once again.

Look forward to seeing you at retreat,

I will miss your writing,your birding,and of course the cats! Take care and best wishes for a happy life. Thanks.


I second Ryan. I have enjoyed your view of life and cats, birds, etc. I have only lurked in the past and hope Ryan will let us know when you start a new blog.

I'll miss reading your blog. Best wishes.

Just a note to thank you for your blog -- I have enjoyed your writing very much, and hope to read further dispatches from new adventures!
Many thanks,
Christine (another lurker)

Dear Konchog,

I wish you well. I have enjoyed your blog and your touching my life. I hope that what every comes next is rewarding and leads to enlightenment.

We'll miss you. May your further travels with your beloved felines bring you peace and joy.

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers for all of us. You have been a wonderful example and friend. I especially liked your bent for saving animals - who seemed to save you as well. Safe travels!

Hi Konchog,

Thank you for sharing so much with all of us. What a truly wonderful gift.

All the best -- Annie

How I will miss this blog.

There have been so many late nights when I can't sleep, when I've visited Mongolia through your blog.

I've used your blog as a comforting blanket, while my mother is dying in hospice, while everything about life and death is so difficult and confusing. I've visited your blog, and though I didn't and don't understand all you have to share about Buddhist ancestry and Mongolian history, I've found comfort and peace and release.

This blog has enriched my life. I will miss it. Thank you for all you have offered. I will miss it so much.

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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