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The Chimera of Personal Space

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Friday, August 29, 2014, In : Cultural Artifacts 

Some years ago during a dance rehearsal, an Azeri colleague announced, “Personal space does not exist in my culture. People who want it are considered weird and snobbish.”

I’m not sure why the topic came up just then, but I thought of it today when the musty smell of hand-embroidered linen unearthed from my dead mother’s blanket box kept wafting, disconcertingly, into my nose. Since yesterday, we’ve had piles of handmade lace, tatwork and embroidery on what we call “the rugged tabl...


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The Beauty and Mystery of Language

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Monday, May 5, 2014, In : Subsequent Language Acquisition 


Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, the charismatic and learned Tibetan lama colleague and friend of Sogyal Rinpoche, told a story to us which I will retell, in a nutshell.

A great lama was travelling, accompanied by his attendant. He had to have a bowel movement, and had nothing to wipe with. His attendant brought out a newspaper. The lama recoiled in horror. “But why?” the attendant asked. “It’s only English!”

Precisely what happened then is not clear, however even lowly English could not ...


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