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I’m off to Central Asia next week and decided that my usual necklace is too valuable for adventure travel. Thus I created a new one specifically for this trip. One of my goals is to buy more ancient beads and I need examples to show the merchants. This necklace has a Bronze Age pendant–thogchag; from the Gobi Desert, approximately 500BC; a 2,500 BC ceramic bead from Balkh; Tibetan coral; Tibetan turquoise; Afghan… 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 …

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…