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...

When It’s Hard…

    One of the great pleasures of travel is returning home. Enveloped by familiar space,  greeted by smiling faces, gliding through everyday routines, luxuriating in simple comforts. When I’m traveling in Nepal, I often forget how much effort is...

Part 3: What Nuns Want, Delivered

This fall, as I trekked up to Everest Base Camp with a new group, we stopped in to deliver a brand new electric shaver to the nuns. The response was anything but ambivalent. The nuns were all smiles and invited us in for tea. Salty buttery Tibetan tea—which is an...