A Life of Knowledge, Wisdom and Peace
“For all the material belongings, family, friends, wealth and desires are nothing but a temporary
pleasures and attachment, the true essence of life lies in being hungry for knowledge and spreading it
freely with love” – Yangchen Lamo
We live in a world addicted to competition for everything, looking good, being rich, having your favourite car, a home of your choice, a family, children and the desire to want more and more never ends. We live each minute of our lives being insecure about losing the smallest material possession not knowing one day we will anyway forget about it, or lose it or break it. The same is with relationships, we are attached to our families, our social structures not knowing that the life battles that we fight are actually within ourselves, because we are insecure to lose, anything or anyone we consider important not knowing that
one day we will have to let it go anyway. We are dressed well but suffer pain within, we think we know everything – because we have access to 4g and news from the world, but where is the true knowledge? Where is the compassion? Where is the wisdom to know what is truly meaningful about life? We are all lost, chasing a dream someone else told us to think this is what we are supposed to do, and we spend our lives showing that we are happy but inside we are not.
It is not about religion, it is about being spiritually awake. Please don’t be afraid of the world spiritual, it means nothing but to aware that you are your soul, not your body, not the world tells you who you are. People who are spiritually awake are people who are aware that they are on the journey of their soul and that their soul has a purpose to fulfil for the betterment of humanity. It is impossible to shut your soul, no matter how much you try, your soul knows what is right and what is wrong, suppressing the soul leads to unhappiness that might be ignored by many.
Spiti Valley, home, high altitude winds, open widespread valleys, people with warm homes and warmer hearts, and a land that is surely going to make you feel at home more than your birth home as it did for many including me. No words could ever be enough for Spiti, travellers come and fall in love here. Spiti a valley is also a place that preaches and practices kindness and peace as a way of life, you can call it religion, there is nothing wrong when a religion preaches kindness and peace, what is more, important is to be kind and to be at peace.
The Gompa plays an important role in shaping the way people are in the valley, being a Monk (Lama) might not be a choice but being a Nun (Jomo) is. Spiti Valley homes about 6-10 nunneries and I had the opportunity to be a part of them once, a life I might choose given a choice.
It is definitely not a sad affair being a Jomo, rather a very empowering one. Being a nun you are not compelled to look beautiful, or dress beautifully or be the woman the society expects you to be, you are not your body, you are your soul, how you look physically is of no importance, your body language doesn’t have to be like a woman, you can be who you are, with confidence and detachment to the world. You receive the best quality of education and that is what your life is about, learning philosophies and concepts that are important, important for you to grow as a human, and not as a business manager or anything again the world wants you to be. You meditate from a young age, the more you meditate,
the more you connect yourself to the true purpose of your soul. You work without expecting a return,
Heather from the UK, also wanted to experience what a living a nun’s life entails and here are the few interviews she had a chance to take for the Nun’s at our favourite Nunery – Gowang, Spiti!
“I took some time out with Tenzin Zangmo and Tenzin Dolma from Kwang Nunnery, Spiti Valley”
Why did you choose this life?
T.Z: My family live locally and I could see that the nuns have a good life. They’re free from the trauma of
having babies, or a husband, or the family’s housework!
T.D: I became a nun because there is Samsara everywhere. I want to alleviate suffering in the world.
What’s the most difficult thing about being a nun?
T.Z: For me, it has to be the incredibly difficult texts we read, and showing that we understand and can
apply that knowledge.
T.D: Yes, all the studying can be tough. The topics are so profound and it's hard to get a grip on difficult
philosophical content and truly absorb it all!
What’s the best part of your day?
T.Z: Lunch break!
T.D: Breakfast time because I’m always very hungry
Tell me about your hobbies.
T.Z: I love photography and using a real camera for my work
T.D: I love telling jokes and making people laugh
What are your hopes for the future?
T.Z: To become a Tibetan teacher, and learn to drive!
T.D: To be a good nun and always have a pure heart.
Tenzin Zangmo and Tenzin Dolma are both very young nun’s probably in their early 20s and yet the
answers are gripping and many living in cities that are 50 years to might not be able to relate to it.
This world that is right on the outline of the world that you live in, that no one has heard of, no one has seen, no one knows of, this is where you will find all your answers, this is where you will find you peace, this is where you will know what is – the truth!
We wish to make it easier for more and more woman to emancipate and the first step to emancipation is to first be aware of who you are and what the purpose of your soul is. There you find peace, a peace that nothing in this world can buy for you, and no one can give you, you have to look within and that’s why we are here, to help you look within. Come and experience a life with the jomos, a complete non-profit based initiative by us, we can assure
you that you will get in as a different person and come out as a different person.