Once Upon A Monkey

An old mother in a red sari was crying at the side of the trail. We followed her gaze, her distraught explanation, and saw a group of men and boys gathered around an isolated stand of bamboo. Up in the leaves, a gray faced monkey was rustling between branches, trying...

Part 2: What Nuns Want, Revealed

I step into a dark wood kitchen. A huge hearth is centered on the wall, fire burning, and the place feels like an inviting cavern. Sunlight filters in through a small window. My eyes adjust and bring out the details: a wide bench covered with a blue floral Tibetan...

What Nuns Want

Each time I make the trek to Everest Base Camp, I stop in to visit the Buddhist nuns in Debuche, making a small donation and sharing their story with my group. In 1959, a nun named Ani Ngawang Pemba escaped the persecution in Tibet and came to the Everest Region where...

Buddhist Mask Dance Festivals – Bhutan

Two short video clips from the recent celebrations in Bhutan… These dances are part ethical parable, part Tantric secret–visual stories that teach basic Buddhist principles yet also have deeper esoteric content to promote the spiritual release of everyone...

Takin, Tsa-Tsa’s, and Trashichhoe

Drukpa Kunley was Bhutan’s famous Divine Madman. He would do outrageous things, including drinking and womanizing, to help shake people out of their illusory existence. Once, villagers wanted him to perform a miracle for them and prove that he was indeed a holy...