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Here is another one of Tom Bol’s poems. Tom Bol was an advanced practitioner of Vajrayana Buddhism, as this shows so well. READ MORE …

March 2014 – Shivaratri – Shiva’s Slaves Run It was that time of year again – time for the annual get together of Kathmandu’s favorite Motorcycle Gang, the Shiva’s Slaves.  I used to ride an old Russian bike back in the 1980’s. The ’80s, ah, yes, those were the days to live in Nepal. READ MORE…

My daughter is a doctor at a major East Coast hospital. In the summer of 2012, she trekked for 21 days through Zanskar, Ladakh with an Indian medical NGO providing free medical care for villagers. She is also a Nyingmapa Tibetan Buddhist – a follower of HH Penor Rimoche, and she asked me if I could find a matching set of ritual implements for her practice. I’ve been a Karma Kargyu Tibetan… Read More

Kathmandu, Nepal – March, 2014 Happy Losar! It’s Tibetan New Year in Nepal, and I’m here to see friends, attend some parties and go on the Shiva’s Slave’s Motorcycle Club Shivaratri Run. Here are a few photos from the Yantra House Losar Party on March 4th. I’ll tell about the other party and the Slave’s Run in separate posts. READ MORE…

I have never seen another silk Tibetan saddle carpet, though I have read of two others. Since they don’t grow silk worms in Tibet the carpet was probably made in a Chinese workshop as a special order for a Tibetan nobleman. My best guess to its age would be mid-20th Century – 1930-1959. I bought it in the winter of 1987 from the seasonal Tibetan nomads who used to winter at Boudhanath… Read More