I am using a phone I bought here as a mobile hotspot to access the internet. The only problem is that the signal isn’t always available. So I have to continually check for it between teachings, meditation, lunch and discussion groups. And if I do get a signal, it is usually for 30 minutes or less. But it does work, kinda sort of. I just have to be prepared to upload when it is available.
5 discussion groups went to the nunnery today. They finally have some new accommodations for some of the nuns. Not all of them yet but they are building more. In the past they would have 4 nuns squeezed into a 12′ x 12′ space. (4 meters x 4 meters) The new gompa is being used now. It had some minor damage due to the earthquake a year and a half ago. Mainly cracks. There are beautiful paintings on the walls and the ceilings. And some really beautiful statues. 4 years ago when I was here they were working on it and they still aren’t done. They call it Nepali time. It will be done when it’s done!
I spoke with 2 of the young Nepali nuns for about 20 minutes. They were very polite and could speak English very well. All of their courses are in Tibetan so they also need to learn to speak and read Tibetan. Their day starts at 4:30 AM and ends at 10:30 PM! Do you know of any western students that have that kind of daily routine? I don’t. It has been proven to be a fact that the nuns are better students and practitioners than the monks are. I asked them about this and all they would say was “the monks are more naughty”. It is good to see that the nuns are finally getting nice accommodations and a beautiful large gompa. They deserve it.
Gompa and new housing.
This represents Buddha’s first teachings at Deer Park in Sarnath, India and is at the entrance to all Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries and on many of the buildings.
The altar in the gompa with 1000 arm Chenrezig statue in the background.
The ceiling is painted with very beautiful mandalas. All of them different from the other.
Dancing with death?
Buddha of Compassion – Chenrezig
Back at the main monastery. Meditation class.
I wonder why they call the nun’s home a nunnery and they don’t call the monks home a m0nkery?