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...

From Possession to Profession

  Sukumaya was still experiencing some difficulty this spring, so Neel brought her to Kathmandu to stay with his family for a while. It turned out that her problem wasn’t possession by a forest spirit, but depression and fear about her future. At 14,...

A Shaman Amongst Us

Creating a children’s home in rural Nepal has been a wonderfully rewarding experience, but it’s not without its challenges. We have faced issues ranging from low exam scores to mice–with varying success. (We have high exam scores now but persistent...