tibetan nun

Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It’s becoming critical. We don’t need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what’s already here. It’s becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely with difficult times. The earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence. This is the best way that we can benefit others.
—  Pema Chodron
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Some nuns, young and old, of Samtenling Nunnery near Reting Monastery.

The two girls in the top photos were about to head off along the path to Reting Monastery to get some supplies from the small shop there (perhaps they needed more lollipops).

The nun in the bottom photos is in her sixties, and seemed to never stop smiling. I could barely understand what she was saying to me, because she has only about four teeth, but her smile said it all.

Who is Pema Chödrön?

by  Saṃsāran

Pema Chodron is a fully ordained bhikṣuṇī (Buddhist nun) in Tibetan Buddhism. An American she has been a teacher of the Dharma since she became a nun in 1974. In 1981 she, a rarity in Tibetan Buddhism, became fully ordained. Since then she has brought her American ideals of equality of the sexes to the traditionally paternalistic and exclusive Tibetan monastic orders campaigning as only an American woman could for full ordination for women and the inclusion of westerners in Tibetan monastic orders. She is the author of the wonderfully enlightening and helpful book “When Things Fall Apart” and manages to be both modest and humble while at the same time being a feminist icon in the world of Buddhism. She is frequently quoted here on Tumblr by myself and others and is one of my role models. I recommend her books highly especially for women new to our path.

☯ Samsaran ☯ 

New mala I picked up from the Rubin Museum of Art. 

“Hand made by Tibetan nuns living in exile in North India. The braided nylon tail is a traditional finish used by the nuns. This mala is made from hand painted Yak (water buffalo) bone.

Yak is an important animal in Tibet as they are used as packing animals for the nomadic tribes. The Tibetans honor their passing by creating these beautiful malas and using them in their meditative practice so that the animals can continue to be of service as they pass from this consciousness to another. All the yak bones used are the leftovers from the domestic population that died from natural causes.”

"Bone is used for taming the energies in your life for the purpose of improving yourself and helping all sentient beings. Bone mala can help us to subdue harmful energies with a compassionate outlook. The red color of these mala is a very attractive energy, and is associated with strength, intuition, love and healing.”

Black History -  the Moors of Japan 


actually…i was wrong with this caption I posted above …I apologize .I’ve been informed :

These are Tibetan nuns from around 1903 photographed by British officer John Claude White.  Original source:  "Rare Photos Reveal Tibet 100 Years Ago“ But it’s been reblogged since with all sorts of inaccurate descriptions.

Ah well, we are sure to lose the fight against random captions on old photographs. Way too many of them.
#not japanese history
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Who is Pema Chödrön?

Who is Pema Chödrön?  

Pema Chodron is a fully ordained bhikṣuṇī (Buddhist nun) in Tibetan Buddhism. An American she has been a teacher of the Dharma since she became a nun in 1974. In 1981 she, a rarity in Tibetan Buddhism, became fully ordained. Since then she has brought her American ideals of equality of the sexes to the traditionally paternalistic and exclusive Tibetan monastic orders campaigning as only an American woman could for full ordination for women and the inclusion of westerners in Tibetan monastic orders. She is the author of the wonderfully enlightening and helpful book “When Things Fall Apart” and manages to be both modest and humble while at the same time being a feminist icon in the world of Buddhism. She is frequently quoted here on Tumblr by myself and others and is one of my role models. I recommend her books highly especially for women new to our path.

☯ Samsaran ☯