How to Become A Nun

“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.”

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During our last homestay with a family in Zanskar I was able to question a nun, the daughter of the couple I was staying with, who was visiting her family for a few weeks. Though she now lives in Dharamsala, and has for over a decade, she was born in a small village in the Zanskar valley. She told me that when she was ten years old she became a nun and lived for six years at a nunnery an hour or two away from her house. I asked her how, at such a young age, did she decide to become a nun, and here was her answer which explains why many children in the region “choose” this lifestyle.

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