From the road today heading Southeast to Milan and Verona. A turning point in the Hamburg Conference discussion was the evening Q & A when the young Tibetan nuns were invited to share their opinions about the topics of the conference. One young person, Ani Choying Drolma, who is also known as "the Singing Nun", spoke first. She speaks English like a Californian and is both muscially gifted and courageous in singing sacred songs to support her monastery back in Nepal. Following her lead, half a dozen young TIbetan women spoke. Two themes emerged: 1) they were unaware of the issues surrounding being a Bhikshuni. Tibet has lost the lineage for centuries and the Buddhist men had never explained its advantages.
2) The young nuns resonated with the Mahayana's Bodhisattva vision. They said, "We want to rescue all living beings and benefit them with the Dharma." The Mahayana's Bodhisattva Path lies at the heart of these nuns resolve to cultivate.
"This is not a gender issue for us; we're Buddhists!" they emphasized.