Dorje and Belle

A couple of years ago, Owen and I had picked out the name “Serenity” if we had a daughter. So when I became pregnant the deal was that if it was a boy, his name was Max, if it was a girl, her name was Serenity. And then, the day I went for my first level II ultrasound and found out the gender, poor Owen logs on to the internet to find out that his daughter’s name was no longer Serenity but was now Isabelle Tara!

While I was at the hospital in Chile doing the ultrasound, and found out she was a girl, the name Isabelle Tara popped into my head, and it was like I knew that’s what she wanted to be named. I don’t know how to describe it, I just knew this was her name and I didn’t have a choice!

Here’s what’s really cool. Nathan’s middle name is Dorje. And then there’s Belle.

Symbolically a dorje represents the ‘thunderbolt of enlightenment,’ that abrupt change in human consciousness which is recognised by all the great religions as a pivotal episode in the lives of mystics and saints.

The Bell and Dorje, or thunderbolt, are inseparable ritual objects in Tibetan Buddhism. They are always used in combination during religious ceremonies.

The Bell held in the left hand, representing the female aspect as wisdom; the Dorje, or male held in the right hand, aspect as method. Together, they represent union of wisdom and method, or the attainment of Enlightenment.

Souce: Crystalinks Buddhism

Belle’s middle name, Tara, means Goddess of Peace and Protection.

Together, Dorje and Belle symbolize the union of great bliss and wisdom. Apart, they are a bolt of enlightenment and a goddess of peace. Meet my children 🙂


  1. And best of all…
    There Is No Charge For AWESOMENESS!!!!

    Your children are precious!

  2. but I wanna hear what the bolt of enlightenment has to say…lol seriously…in another life when you have time (um yeah) can we see a video of a conversation with Nathan??

  3. Que munecos tan bellos! Si se parecen bastantes y veo a Owen en ellos. Bella tiene los ojos tuyos. No veo la hora de verlos. Love Martha

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