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Greetings form Finland! I think we met in the Ling Gesar retreat this summer.

It will be interesting to see where this story is going.

I find this blog rather informative and it deals with things of which I am particularly curious. In all kinds of "spiritual" settings people talk too little about negative emotions such as fear and disgust - neither they do dare to mention anything about sorcery, except maybe healing. (In my opinion, magical healing is just one form of sorcery. With the same methods, you can both bless and curse.)

Of course you do not try to be exactly historically accurate in your story, but even if it just mention some things, people can find more information with the help of those hints.

Gesar & where it's going

Hi Miikka,

It was great to meet you at the Gesar retreat this summer! I enjoyed talking to you, and our practice session together with the sword techniques. I am really glad you have become a student of Lama 'barchen. I was very impressed with him; he has become a great vajra Lama.

I have a web page about the Gesar retreat, for Approaching Aro, nearly ready. I hope it will go up sometime in the next couple weeks. (The hard drive on my laptop died after I wrote it, so there will be some delay.)

There will be lots of both swords and sorcery in The Vetali's Gift. I found the Gesar retreat highly inspiring, and some of the things I learned are going into the novel.

I've just read your new blog and like it a lot. I will post a comment or two there soon I hope.

I am glad you have liked the story so far. It is a bit hard to say where it is going without giving away plot points that should be surprises. There will be adventure and romance, horror and glory, love and death, enlightenment and depravity, catastrophe and triumph, comedy and tragedy -- all the usual stuff!

Plus lots of walking corpses and disgusting gory details, of course.

Best wishes,


A small correction

Hello David, :)

Just a small correction: I became a student of Ngala Rig'dzin Dorje actually (I have discussed this matter with both lamas). I went also to the Yoga of Space retreat, where I made my decision, took the Refuge etc. Regardless, I think that Lama Bar-ché is also one of my teachers, if not as officially, and I appreciate very much what he is doing.


Whoops, sorry

Oh, I am sorry, I jumped to a wrong conclusion... Ngala Rig'dzin Dorje is also a great Lama of course. Glad you had a good experience with that retreat also -- I almost stayed for it and maybe I should have!

Best wishes,


Twenty-fifth Tale of the Vampire

Thank you!

Goodness, that's a thing... It's a bit reminiscent of De Quincey's Confessions of an English Opium-Eater, and of Hakim Bey's Chaos—both favorites of mine.

Sex, drugs, and Orientalism, what more could you want? Oh, and rotting corpses.