Hello, my name is Jinpa, which means generosity, one of the six perfections in Tibetan. I am a 21 years old nun living in a cave in the Himalayas by myself. Since birth, I came from wealthy family who gave me everything I thought I wanted. Up until I was 19 years old I had discovered that the material wealth I was given was a kind of happiness that was temporary and impermanent. I knew that if I didn't leave my comfortable home then I would live the rest of my life ignorant of the truth and that the only way to sustain my happiness was through the suffering of those who were salved to make my luxuries.
It was hard to leave as I was very attached to my lifestyle, but I knew that the only way to find true happiness was to leave it altogether. That was when I decided to leave home for good to look for happiness that was sustainable and permanent. Knowing that I would be traveling to far places I packed very little with me.
Before I began my journey to seek truth, I stopped by a village to stock up on some food. As I was gathering fruits into my bag, I over heard the vendors speaking of life’s suffering, Buddhism and enlightenment. I had a thorough discussion with them about life’s suffering. I told them that I wanted to seek truth and to find happiness that was permanent . They told me that there was a nunnery just outside of the village, facing a beautiful mountain. I grew curious about the potential of a monastic life for myself. I got what i needed from the village and made my way to the nunnery.
When i arrived at the nunnery I expressed my interest in becoming a nun if that meant that I could end my suffering and find truth. Before they accepted me as part of the nunnery they told me that I would need to be fully committed to the practice and that the only way to find truth was through the way of the Buddha. They told me that the I would have to follow the eight noble which were, right view, right intention, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness. I was thrilled to be on the path of truth and to be enlighten. Living in the nunnery was an experience like no other. Our day was scheduled to meditation, chores, learning about sutras and ritual practices. I found myself more and more disciplined.
I became very skilled with ritual practices that I had decided that I would devoted my life to it. I had learnt a lot at the nunnery but after 3 years of my stay I had decided to leave. I had felt that I had learnt all I needed to know from them and that I would continue my quest to truth and enlightenment in solitude. I will forever be grateful to the nunnery and hope to return one day.
Before I began my quest I stopped by the village to stock up on some barley and fruits. I overheard villagers talking about a hail storm that is coming our way. Apparently the hail will be large as grapefruits and will cause allot of damage to the buildings and crops. I also overheard that protective amulets are being sold at deer park. I debating over whether or not I should retrieve this the protective amulet. I fear that the storm will soon come and that I might not make it there before the storm comes as it will take me a couple of days to Deer Park. I quickly gathered what I needed and traveled south to the mountains. Along the way I gathered sticks and branches that I would use to make a fire to keep me warm that night. It was getting dark and it was time I settled in for the night. I found myself a cave over looking the Himalayan mountains. I made myself a fire and laid down on some clothes I laid out. I started pondering the hail storm. I thought to myself that I shall be safe in this cave when it comes. I also thought about the dangers the villager might face if their homes and farm lands got destroyed. I remembered some of the things I’ve heard today at the village. There were different possibilities why this hailstorm is coming. Some say that it was because someone in the village did something to offend local spirits or a black ritualist. I pondered what I shall do in this time of unpredictable danger. Being familar with rituals I decided that I would remain calm and peaceful. Reciting the mantras I had learnt at the nunnery. I go into a deep meditation in hopes to keep the village safe and in hopes to divert the hail that might come.