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First Meeting

I have, after years of study and preparation, finally met one of the ani (Tibetan nun) face-to-face.  The meeting gave me great hopes for this project’s success.

Stepping onto the grounds of Geden Choeling, the oldest ani gompo (Tibetan nunnery) in Dharamsala, I looked from door to door, saw nuns doing laundry, cooking together, thriving in their own community in exile from their homeland, and felt a rush of surreal excitement.  This was Geden Choeling, the place I’d read about and imagined, this was the place.  A true dharamsala – because the name itself literally means “Safe haven for the people of the dharma.”

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