VISITING WITH ELDERLY TIBETANS IN KATMANDU
In October, I also visited with elderly Tibetans in Katmandu to whom I taught some yoga last year.
A 20 min walk took me from Keydong Nunnery to the Old Age Home at the top of the hill. OAH had been badly damaged and torn down after the earthquake. For two years, 2 or 3 elders had to share a room and they had no dining room. Although their spirit was remarkable through this other difficult time in their life, they are now enjoying their new home which was completed this summer, thanks to the American Himalayan Foundation, https://www.himalayan-foundation.org/
I had been in contact with Tashi, who runs OAH, so I was also excited to see the place and of course to visit with my former students. The warmth I received by some of them was quite overwhelming. Despite some illnesses and some rusty joints, the prayer wheels were turning and many of them were still walking their Kora around Swayambhunath twice a day. When lunch time came, they lined up joyfully at the entrance of their new spacey dining room.
The wonderful staff and the Tibetan Women Welfare Group make every day a good day for these elderly. The different generations mix wonderfully and when it comes to video games, it’s not just little Tenzin who is interested in them…