What Nuns Want…in 2011 (Part 3)

Video: Debuche Nuns Kitchen Tour and New Stove This fall, I stopped in at the nunnery to see everything hooked up, in place, in use. The stove has been a welcome addition. They cook morning tea and lunch on it and keep the big wood-burning hearth for dinner. I asked...

What Nuns Want…in 2011 (Part 2)

What do the Buddhist nuns of Debuche want in 2011? A stove. The communal kitchen has a big wood-fired hearth for cooking, so at first I wondered why they needed a stove. One nun explained that they spend so much time chopping firewood that it detracts from their...

What Nuns Want…in 2011 (Part 1)

  On the way to Everest Base Camp, we always pass through a beautiful rhododendron forest where Buddhist nuns have taken refuge from the instability in Tibet. About 14 nuns live in a small community in the forest. Many of them speak only Tibetan, having crossed...

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...