Since everything is but an apparition, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter.
~ Tibetan Buddhist Sage Longchenpa (wiki info, if you are interested in a little Buddhist proselytizing)
With all my political excitement over Ukraine it is important to try to detach yourself and connect with the ever-fleeting spiritual perspective.
In the end, all of us: Russians, Ukrainians, Americans, Ugandans (and Russian-American Tibetan-Buddhist fans of gansta rap with a blog with a regular readership of three people) are eternally united in our clumsy attempts to find happiness. Lets not forget that.
So good luck to all the awkward seekers of bliss (unless you want to cross mother Russia in the process).
Ivan trying to keep in mind our common humanity.
On a lighter note, I recently spoke to a (pro-Russian) Ukrainian friend of mine to whom I've owed two hundred dollars for the past two years and informed him that my repayment of the loan will be suspended until further notice pending the normalization of relations between our two homelands.
He told me that he understood.
Also, March 2 marked the beginning of the Tibetan New Year. So happy Losar to all!
And if the Western year doesn't work out for you, the Tibetan year just might.