Trip to Nepal

Posted by Lori Goldman on Sunday, September 26, 2010
Nepal is a wonderful country overflowing with new adventures and experiences. I spent one month there this summer, visiting friends, volunteering at the school I help (SMD Boarding School), going to monasteries in the nearby foothills, staying at nunneries in the valley and learning about the needs of the people.Garden in the foothills of Nepal, at Namo Buddha Monastery

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world.  Its government is in shambles and the people suffer greatly. About half of the population live below the international poverty line of $1.25 a day. (1) There are so few jobs that about half of the people can't find work and there are few skilled workers.  Education in the mountains is often not available, so girls are married out of the family very young (12 or 13 years old) and the children help the family with the small farms from a tender age (3 or 4 yrs old). Many people can't read at all! (Literacy rate 53%) Many Nepalis go to other countries to work for years and send funds home to their families.  Much of the income in Nepal comes from these foreign workers.  

Buddha was born in Nepal, so, although it is a mostly Hindu country, Buddhism is very strong (10%).  Many Tibetans leaving after the 1959 invasion by China ran to Nepal and settled there, but the mountain areas always had strong believers.  There are a large number of Buddhist monasteries, nunneries and temples, and families are proud to have their children become monks or nuns.  The monastics learn many prayers and perform ceremonies to help all sentient beings.  The also are privileged to live in a safe place where they can get food and education. Lori with senior students from SMD Boarding School, Nepal

Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche left Tibet in 1959 and in 1977 established a monastery in Boudhanath, a holy site now inside Kathmandu City area. He also started a school for children from the mountain regions, a nunnery for girls and women to study Western subjects and learn Buddhist philosophy, and recently a medical clinic in the mountain area near the city. (Check out the PROJECTS page on this website). There are 630 children at the school, 230 nuns, 300 plus monks, and many support staff that get education and food and a good life because of our teacher, Thrangu Rinpoche, and donors around the whole world.

These were the places I visited on my trip. 
I have posted photos on Facebook that you can enjoy.  SMD Boarding School     Namo Buddha Monastery, Medical Clinic and SMD Branch School for Monks     Tara Abbey Nunnery    Bhaktapur Retreat Centre      Nepal 2010

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About Me

Lori in I got my Bachelor of Education degree in the USA but was born and raised in Canada. Working in Asia and with immigrant adults and children for 26 years has given me insights into the difficulties they face in a new country and school system. I like to help adults adjust to and explore the rich and diverse opportunities in Canada while also supporting them in their challenge of parenting in a new culture. I love to help children learn English, develop skills, and gain confidence to succeed in school and life.


“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning A lack of planning on your part does not constitute and emergency on my part. "Most people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan." ~~John L. Beckley

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