Ng Zangpo
Friday, August 31, 2001
The revelator project looks interesting and I look forward to visiting as it grows.

Any place that has a highlight on Blind Willie Johnson is okay by my book. I am under the impression that BWJ sang sacred music exclusively. I only have his "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground".

I also like the images from the Diamond mountain. That looks like a good place to do retreat. Looks kind of harsh, which I understand is suitable. No expanses like that around here, except maybe the swamps, and well, the Gulf.

Wednesday, August 22, 2001
Preparing for the semester.

Looks like the Dharma center will be offering teachings from the Longchen Nyingthig and an empowerment of Amithaba. Very exciting. I think we need this push to re-excite the membership. These teachings are very special, and serious prctitioners should consider attending them.

Wednesday, August 15, 2001
Clouds layed out like a checkerboard across the sky this morning; a lattice.

Yesterday was dakini day. I had a good practice; regret not going to the center, because the rain was only short.

I've been reading a competent book on the Dakini and the feminine principle in Tibetan Buddhism. I was a little skeptical of it when I read the title Dakini's Warm Breath because there is so much obvious misunderstanding of the dakini. Just searching around the net, you can find traces of simple goddess worship and the subtle nicknamery that is so flighty. This book is a little repetitive, but it's subject is difficult so the repetition is useful. It's nice to see good scholarship on the dakini.

Monday, August 06, 2001
Working on "The Essence of the Three Jewels" getting the Tibetan, English transliteration, direct word translation, and full translation all lined up and neat. I don't know Tibetan, so needless to say, it is slow going. I'm learning though, having dreams of Tibetan characters.

Baby is getting big. She looks more like a kid than a baby now.