December 6, 2008

12/6/08 Goodbye Ani Deki

Last Saturday, Ani Deki left for Katmandu and Kopan Nunnery. She and Ani Tsultrim came here two years ago to help teach the Mongolian nuns at the Dolma Ling Nunnery. And then, Ani Tsultrim left today, hopefully to return next month bringing back a new teacher to replace Ani Deki. I will miss them both. They were always so full of smiles.

Jim, Ani Deki, Tsetsgee

My very good friend Ani Deki

Nuns from Dolma Ling Nunnery say goodbye

Praying one more time at the stupa

And if that wasn't sad enough, Bodhichita, the cat, has been missing for over a week now. With temperatures reaching the minus 20s at night, I hope she is somewhere warm.

Some of you might not know that for the last year I have been following quite a few blogs that have to do with sketching and drawing. The artists always post wonderful pictures of their work. These are finished pieces of art to sell (even though I still think they are very valuable art) but just those doodles the put on paper. Cindy Woods is one of those artists. She posted things to her blog up to the last week of her life as she battled cancer. I consider myself very fortunate to have seen her work while she was alive and would like to pay tribute to her. If you would like to see some of her work and writing, her blog is LearnDaily