Following Machig’s footsteps to Ha valley

Well things are winding down here, sadly. I would stay a lot longer if I could. Drove to Ha, the next valley over with a few friends, 2 Bhutanese girls (Sonam and Sonam) and firey Sri Lankan Ashok, giggling most of the day. We brought a big picnic and a camera, and when we arrivedContinue reading “Following Machig’s footsteps to Ha valley”

Meeting Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Yangsi

So last week I learned that Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s Yangsi (it means child incarnation before they assume their teaching responsibilities) lives just down the road from me here. He’s 15-16, just about to go away (to Bodhgaya and Kathmandu) for the winter, so I started asking around how I could go see him. Because heContinue reading “Meeting Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche Yangsi”

84,000 paths

Its strange to hear news of the world from here. Life on earth as I have come to know it feels like a distant dream…goals and aspirations, career path, shopping, social obligations, rent. Here streams babble louder than discursive mind.I’ve just had a nice chat with Khenpo Phuntsho Tashi, director of the Paro museum. HeContinue reading “84,000 paths”

Freedom for all

You’ve got to love the king of Bhutan: one day His Majesty decided that keeping animals in captivity went against the ethical and spiritual ideals of the kingdom, and ordered that all animals be released from the zoo. Apparently the only animals left there now are takin, the national animal ( ), who didn’tContinue reading “Freedom for all”