Another chaplet of favourite things

Here’s another thought-chaplet, mental rosary, cloud-garland, or imaginary mala (round of prayer beads) of some of my favourite people and things. In keeping with Vedic/Hindu & Buddhist (& Jain & Sikh) traditions, it consists of 109 (108+1) “beads” or items, an auspicious number in Vedic science.

1 Some (living) American women poets

1 Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (b.1956)

2 Jody Gladding (b.1955)

3 Joy Harjo (b.1951)

4 Jane Hirshfield (b.1953)

5 Anna Journey (b.1980)

6 Joanne Kyger (b.1934)

7 Aimee Nezhukumatathil (b.1974)

8 Marge Piercy (b.1936)

9 Pam Uschuk (b. 1955?)

10 Daisy Zamora (b.1950)

2 Some (deceased) American women poets

1 Maya Angelou (1928–2014)

2 Kay Boyle (1902-1992)

3 Madeline Gleason (1903–1979)

4 Denise Levertov (1923–1997)

5 Mina Loy (1882–1966)

6 Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892–1950)

7 Mary Oppen (1908–1990)

8 Grace Paley (1922–2007)

9 Muriel Rukeyser (1913–1980)

10 May Swenson (1913–1989)

3 Some Foods

1 malai kofta

2 lychee fruit

3 khichari

4 buckwheat cakes

5 veggie frybread tacos

6 laddu

7 gulab jamin

8 bitter gourd

9 crème claire

10 golden watermelon

4 Some novels

French Rhapsody (2016)

The Status of All Things (2015)

The Red Notebook (2015)

4   The President’s Hat (2013)

5  A Tale for the Time Being (2013)

6  The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden (2012)

7  The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared (2009)

Vera Milanova is Missing! (1972)

Mount Analogue: A Novel of Symbolically Authentic Non-Euclidean Adventures in Mountain

Climbing (1952)

10  The Man Without Qualities (1930–43)

5 Some Zen Buddhist teachers – Some of the (male) teachers of Zen Buddhism from whom I received personal guidance & instructions in my practice.  (Zen – from Sanskrit Dhyān – meditation, Chinese Chán or Ch’an, Vietnamese Thiên, Korean Seon or Sŏn, Japanese Zen).

1 Ven. Nyogen Senzaki Sensei (1876-1958)

2 Shunryū Suzuki Roshi (1904-1971)

3 Soen Nakagawa Roshi (1907-1984)

4 Rev. Ng Pui-Lum (1909-2003)

5 Soyu Matsuoka Roshi (1912–1997)

6 Ven. Dr. Kyungbo-Seo (Il-Bung Sunim, 1914 – 1996)

7 Robert Aitken Roshi (1917-2010)

8 Ven. Thích Nhất Hạnh (b.1926)

9 Ven. Thích Thiên-Ân (1926-1980)

10 Ven. Thích Man Giac (1929-2006)

6 Some mad, mad (celebrity) crushes

(Some or perhaps all of these fabulous women are partnered/married, and not all perhaps are hetero-oriented, so my crushes of admiration on them, though real, are in the realm of “fan-man fantasy,” & intend no offense, of course!). I feel I would love to have any/all of these persons as my friends & colleagues, and would feel honored if that were the case. But I find each of them just so admirable/attractive/ appealing/adorable it probably would be painful to be “just friends”!—at least unless-&-until I would be able to make some major adjustment to my own intense romantic sensibility/crazy crushédness! Meanwhile, I simply admire & adore each of these women from afar. Carry on, significant lovely persons, with all the good things you do.

1 Susanna Hoffs (b.1959)

2 Hope Sandoval (b.1966)

3 Jesselyn Radack (b.1970)

4 Elif Şafak (Shafak) (b.1971)

5 Julia Butterfly Hill (b1974)

6 Aliyah O’Brien (1981)

7 Abby Martin (b.1984)

8 Eleanor Goldfield (?b.1987)

9 Jen Robinson (?b.1988)

10 Camila Vallejo (b.1988)

7 Some Ayurvedic traditional medicinal herbs

(Warning: parts of some of these plants are fatally toxic or permanently health-damaging if not prepared &/or combined correctly – do NOT experiment on your own! These plant medicines can transform your mind &/or save & prolong your life, but most must be prepared & consumed in very specific, highly specialized ways)

1 aloeweed (shankapushpi)

2 black musale (kali musli)

3 elephant creeper (samun drasokh)

4 giant potato (vidari)

5 heart-leaved moonseed (Tinospora cordifolia)

6 Indian asparagus (shatamuli, shatavari)

7 Indian gooseberry (emblic myrobalan)

8 Indian long pepper (pippali)

9 white musale (safed musli)

10 wintercherry (Withania Somnifera, Indian Ginseng, Dunal, Solanaceae)

(repeat: parts of some of these plants are fatally toxic if not prepared/combined correctly – do NOT experiment on your own!)

8 Some sacred mountains

1 Mt Arunachala

2 Mt Athos

3 Mt Fiji

4 Mt Humphreys

5 Mt Kailash

6 Mt Laguna

7 Mt Palomar

8 Mt San Jacinto

9 Mt Shasta

10 Mt Tamalpais

9 Some magazines

1 The Nation (1865)

2 Cat’s Yawn (1940)

3 Journal for the Protection of All Beings (1961)

4 Fuck You: A Magazine of the Arts (1962)

5 The Tyger’s Pyjamas (1965)

6 Monk’s Pond (1966)

7 Critical Asian Studies (Bulletin of Concerned Asian Scholars, 1968)

8 The CoEvolution Quarterly (1974)

9 Outside (1977)

10 Kyoto Journal (1986)

10 Some (gluten-free) cereal/cereal-like food “grains” (organic, non-GMO only, of course!)

1 amaranth

2  basmati rice

3  blue corn (Hopi maize)

4  India buckwheat (Tartary buckwheat, ku qiao, India wheat, green buckwheat)

5 Job’s Tears (Vyjanti, Hato Mugi)

6 millet

7 quinoa (chisaya mama, kinwa, kinuwa)

8 sorghum

9 teff

10 wild rice (Indian rice, Canada rice, water oats)

11 Some Sacred Mountains

Four Chinese Sacred Mountains in Buddhism

101  Wǔtái Shān “Five-Platform Mountain”

102  Éméi Shān “High and Lofty Mountain”

103  Jiǔhuá Shān “Nine Glories Mountain”

104  Pǔtuó Shān “Brilliance Mountain”

Four Chinese Sacred Mountains in Daoism


105  Wǔdāng Shān “Indomitable Value Mountain”

106  Lónghŭ Shān “Dragon Tiger Mountain”

107  Qíyūn Shān “As High as the Clouds Mountain”

108  Qīngchéng Shān “Most Secluded Mountain”

12  Guru

109 Mahasiddha Buddhagupta-natha

(Not a direct teacher of mine—in this lifetime!—naturally, as he lived in the 15th century, but he is a significant master in one guru parampara (unbroken living lineage of teachers) in which I have been initiated & practice.)

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