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February 14, 2012 - Kathmandu, Nepal

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After years of staying at the Potala, this is the  first time that I've scored The Penthouse Suite.  They call them suites, they're actually nice rooms on the new side of the hotel, but glorious #9, my room, is the very top floor with walls of windows on two sides and one wall is east facing for warming early morning sun. It also overlooks the open air meeting place of The Midnight Car Park Social Club.  The canine club members start assembling at 11 p.m., and promptly at 12 do a brief, intense howl-fest.  If one did DNA testing on the dog population of the Kathmandu Valley, my guess is that 99% would show either some Tibetan Mastiff or some Tibetan Terrier.

Kathak's wife just got back from the Kalachakra ceremony at Bodhgaya.  To cover costs, they ask for donations but this year's donations far exceded the costs, netting $650,000.  H.H. The Dalai Lama said three times that he wanted to see zero, a big goose egg on the ledger sheet, to give the money away for schools and hospitals in Bidjar.  He also said that the Tibetans must become modern buddhists, wearing red robes and counting mantras on a mala are not as important as having a good heart.