Someday soon, a friend of mine will become a nun. Meanwhile, in the last year, one monk friend disrobed, another nun friend also disrobed, and a certain nun who I never met not only disrobed but composed and publicized a scathing letter about what she thinks is wrong with the whole system of monasticism and… Continue reading Why do people quit?
It was ten years ago today that I took robes and shaved my head. My relationship with ordination has changed and developed over the years. Back then, I was 21 and just wanted to be ordained and learn Tibetan. I thought I would stay at Namdroling for 2 or 3 years, then head back to… Continue reading Ten years in robes
A little while ago, Venerable R. D. asked me: A bit of curiosity as to what shedra classes “look like.” Do you memorize the texts, study them, them go to class for commentary and teachings? Make notes in the text? Or is it anything like in the West with students trying to write down most… Continue reading Inside the classroom
Now that I am in my eight year of a nine year program pretty much everyone is asking me: “What are you going to do next?” and “Are you going to be a Khenmo?” Let me tackle the second question first. I did mention the qualifications to become a Khenpo or Khenmo in a previous… Continue reading The future and other things which don’t yet exist
Since I last updated I’ve been up to a few things… After leaving sunny California, I spent five weeks with my family in Canada! It is always good to spend time with my mom and my little brother, but this time was especially pleasant. I did a few dharmic things – namely participating in the… Continue reading Out and about