|I can hear the cry of the geese that fly
Between the Mountain and the Moon
And the flags that blow in Himalayan snow
Are carried like a haunting tune
Prayer flags at Dzogchen Beara
a Buddhist centre on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland
Cover Photo - Luka Bloom
As I Waved Goodbye was inspired by Heinrich Harrer » Austrian explorer
and mountaineer, who had to leave Lhasa after the Chinese invasion
Soshin is decicated to Maura O'Halloran
» an Irish woman who became a Buddhist nun
Love Is A Place I Dream Of is decicated to Christina Noble
» the founder of the Christina Noble's Children Foundation
Hands Of A Farmer is decicated to Micho Russell
» the legendary whistle player from Doolin
As I waved goodbye from the riverside
It was too much to take in
I could see the place, and imagine the face
Of the young Tibetan God-King
There is a moment in Heinrich Harrer's book, Seven Years in Tibet, when he
describes saying farewell to his friends in Lhasa. It¹s 1950, the Chinese
have invaded, and he has to flee. He is in his boat, waving to his friends,
looking up to the Potala, where the young Dalai Lama is looking down at him.
It is a sad and beautiful moment in a sad, ongoing struggle. I tried to
capture the sense of this moment in this song.
Seven Years in Tibet, 1944-1951
Wherever I live, I shall feel homesick for Tibet.
I often think I can still hear the cries of wild geese and cranes
and the beating of their wings as they fly over Lhasa in the
clear cold moonlight. My heartfelt wish is that my story may
create some understanding for a people whose will to live
in peace and freedom has won so little sympathy from an
Originally published in 1953, this adventure classic recounts Austrian
mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's 1943 escape from a British internment camp in
India, his daring trek across the Himalayas, and his happy sojourn in Tibet,
then, as now, a remote land little visited by foreigners. Warmly welcomed,
he eventually became tutor to the Dalai Lama, teenaged God-King of the
theocratic nation. The author's vivid descriptions of Tibetan rites and
customs capture its unique traditions before the Chinese invasion in 1950,
which prompted Harrer's departure. A 1996 epilogue details the genocidal
havoc wrought over the past half-century.
More Books on Tibet
- Return to Tibet - by Heinrich Harrer
- Lost Lhasa: Heinrich Harrer's Tibet by Heinrich Harrer & Galen Rowell
- A collection of hundreds of previously unpublished intimate photographs of
the Lhasa that used to be
- Freedom in Exile - The autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
This song is dedicated to Maura O'Halloran. Maura was born on the evening of
24th of May, 1955, in Boston, America; to Irish and American parents. I was
born the previous day in Ireland. We were in Trinity College Dublin at the
same time, but never met. In the late 70s Maura went to Japan to study Zen
Buddhism. She studied in a monastery in Morioka, in Northern Japan, where
she was the only woman and only foreigner. The name given to Maura in the
monastery was Soshin, meaning 'pure heart, enlightened mind'. In 1982 Maura
decided to return to Ireland with great plans, and dreams. Sadly she died in
a bus crash in Thailand. Maura's family created a beautiful book called Pure
Heart, Enlightened Mind, which presented Maura's diaries, and journals
during her time in Japan. The book is a wonderful tribute to Maura. I felt a
bond with Maura reading the book, and wrote this song. Beth O'Halloran
contributed the lovely sketches accompanying some of the songs on my sleeve package.
Maura O'Halloran was born on May 24th, 1955, in Boston.
In 1979 she went to Japan to study Zen Buddhism. During her three years of
Zen training in Iwate and Tokyo, she was known as Maura-san, or by her monastic name of Soshin-san. She
received transmission of her roshi in 1982. Six months later (22nd of October) on her way back to Ireland, she was killed in a bus
accident on the road to Chiang-Mai. She continues to be revered as a Buddhist saint by her fellows in the Kannonji
I'd be embarrassed to tell anyone, it sounds so wishy-washy,
but now I have maybe 50 or 60 years (who knows?) of time,
of a life, open, blank, ready to offer. I want to live it for other
people. What else is there to do with it? Not that I expect to
change the world or even a blade of grass but it's as if to give
myself is all I can do, as the flowers have no choice but to blossom.
Maura Soshin O'Halloran
Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind:
The Zen Journal and Letters of Maura O'Halloran
by Maura O'Halloran and Elizabeth O'Halloran (Illustrator)
Berkley Publishing Group (Hardcover - May 1994)
Charles E. Tuttle Company, Inc.
(Paperback - October 1995)
Im Herzen der Stille
by Manuela Haselberger
Krueger Verlag, Frankfurt (1995)
Maura O'Halloran was a young Buddhist nun whose diaries
were published by her mother after her death in an automobile accident.
This song is dedicated to Christina Noble, a great Dublin woman, who has
devoted much of her life to giving shelter and love, to children who often
have nothing. There are times in your life when you are privileged to be in
the presence of greatness, and this was my experience of meeting Christina.
The song was written and recorded for Steve Jeffares documentary Mama Tina.
The concept of the documentary was a project that Director Steve Jeffares from Irish descent and living in Australia wanted to do for
many years, after learning about and researching the life and works of Christina Noble. He finally gained support from
RTE Ireland and December Productions in Australia. The one hour documentary was released on RTE in Ireland
in February 1998 and launched by the Irish President, Mary McAleese.
Bridge Across My Sorrows
The story of Christina Noble's early life, and of the dream that took her to Vietnam.
by Christina Noble with Robert Coram
The Inspiring Sequel to Bridge Across My Sorrows
by Christina Noble with Gretta Curran Browne
Books published by Corgi Books
Inspired by a dream and motivated by her horrific past as a street child in Ireland,
Christina Noble arrived in Vietnam in 1989. Against all odds, she has established
the Christina Noble Children's Foundation
in Vietnam and Mongolia to provide medical and educational programs for poor children
and families. It has helped more than
140,000 children and has fundraising offices around the world.
Ireland seems to have a rich supply of heroes in the world of music and
song. Some are greatly celebrated, others virtually unsung. One of the great
Irish legends of my time, was a man from Clare called Micho Russell. A
farmer who sowed his oats in Clare, who in his fifties realised that there
were people outside Ireland who longed for the music and song he had in his
rich veins. Micho sang, played and told stories all over the world for many
many people. His greatest gift was the gift of simply being Micho. He loved
people, and people surely loved him. I still do.
The Well of Spring Water -
A memoir of the Clare musicians Packie (1920-1977) and Micho Russell (1915-1994)
by Michael Coady
"For all his openness and what people may have thought of as his rustic 'simplicity',
ultimately there was something mysteriously inaccessible and opaque about Micho Russell's nature. In the way he
approached the world he was as clear as spring water, you could look into the well, but never comprehend its essential core......
He wore no mask, and perhaps that in itself was the mystery since, in one way or another, we all wear masks."
Book Review by Vic Smith
Micho Russell Festival Weekend - Doolin, Co Clare
The annual traditional festival held in Doolin falling on the weekend of the last
Friday in February began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell,
the world-famous traditional musician, who died in 1994.
In 2006 by request of the Russell family the festival was renamed the Russell
Memorial Weekend in memory of the Russells, Micho, Packie, and Gussie...
Recordings featuring Micho Russell:
- The Limestone Rock
- The Man From Clare
- Ireland's Whistling Ambassador
The Russell Family: Micho, Packie & Gussie
- The Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare
- The 4th Irish Folk Festival - On The Road
(Concert Flute / Tin Whistle / Vocal)
The Red Dog / The Battle of Aughrim / Saint Ruth's Bush
Boys O Boys / Lilting / The Green Groves of Erin / I Will Leave