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and engaged for healing
warm welcome and people dug deep
allowing us to pay for three further pumps.
One was erected at the local school a nd
another near an old people’s home. We
were also able to build a new wall around
the local refuge dump to prevent the litter
blowing through the community and to
enable a recycling centre to be established.
I was feeling proud of the group for their
generosity and happy that I had kept my
word with the Divine, but our next stop at
the remote village of Namra and a nunnery
would take the journey into Seva much
deeper. Nunneries often play a ver y poor
second fiddle to the monasteries, receiving
much less financial support and none of
the prestige of their spiritual brothers. In
Ladakh, it is considered an honour for a boy
to become a monk, whereas when a woman
becomes a nun, the common prejudice in
the community is that she is too ugly to
marry. Where nunneries do exist they are
often an adjunct to a monastery with the
nuns acting as ser va nts, keeping it clean
and serving the monks.
We had received many welcomes
throughout our journey, but nothing could
have prepared us for the generosity of the
greeting the nuns at Namra gave us. Their
nunnery was a simple building, on a spare
acre of land in a flood and landslide-prone
area beneath the local monastery. Despite
their meagre surroundings, it was the cosiest
of places, with undoubtedly the female
touch, in contra st to the barren, stark and
austere surroundings of the monasteries. The
courtyard had a lush garden with flowers
and fruiting trees of many varieties and
the simple gompa (temple) wa s clean and
tidy and ver y intimate. A nd the morning
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