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Nuwakot, meaning nine forts, is a small Newari village high on a ridge above Trisuli Bazaar. Prithi Narayan Shah, the first of the Gurkha kings of Nepal, built a nine-story palace after taking the town in 1762. He lived there for six years before conquering Kathmandu Valley and taking over the country. In February of 2015, this was the destination of the Shiva’s Slave’s annual Shivaratri motorcycle run.   READ MORE…

Rather than try to provide  the context of this small exhibit, I’ll let this article by Tom Bol explain it for me. The article  can also be found at Asian Art. ********************************************** The Weavers of Tradition by Thomas L. Guta She would come in, hang up her bag, and just sit there before the loom, doing nothing, as if waiting for a crowd to pass. Then, slowly, she would raise her bar, and sink her hands into… Read More

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