Shouldn’t we read about the real Nepal?


Note: The Sacrament of the Goddess is now available at Vajra Books on Jyatha in Thamel, and Tibet Book on Tri Devi.

The Sacrament of the Goddess is about Nepal, but not the Nepal you usually read about. Most of the books that American read about “Nepal” are actually about videshi mountain climbers who get into horrible trouble. That’s not the actual “nepal” – it’s a mental fantasy of macho adventure.

This book is about Nepalis, not Western mountain climbers. Nobody climbs Everest in this book. Everybody here is trying to lead a good life.

Nepal is a fine place to go on a Buddhist retreat, but taking a class is not the only way to learn about Buddhism in this country. There are people here who were born into Buddhist families – how do they live their lives? the story in this book will reveal that mystery…..

When I attempted to win this from First Reads I thought it was a biography of a missionary doctor. I am not quite sure how I got that so mixed up. Okay , so I didn’t do too bad, it wasn’t a biography, but it was about a missionary doctor and the village hospital he chose to serve at. It was very educational. I know more about Buddhism and Hinduism than I learned in my World Cultures class. It was great the way Kali showed Matt (and us) the similarities and differences.. It was also a love story, neatly woven through the years. It is a story about friends, family, and community. An excellent book to read for enjoyment, or even for a world Religions course.

this is the most recent review. to read other reviews and to order the book, click here

About Joe Niemczura, RN, MS

Experienced nursing educator and problem-solver. I have fifteen years of USA nursing faculty background. Add it with fifteen more devoted to adult critical care. In Nepal, I started teaching critical care skills in 2011. I figure out what they need to know in a Nepali practice setting. Then I teach it in a culturally appropriate way so that the boots-on-the-ground people will use it. I travel outside of Kathmandu Valley as well. When the recent violence happened, I knew the cities - I had trained people in those locations. One theme of my work has been collective culture and how it manifests itself in anger. Because this was a problem I incorporated elements of "situational awareness" training from the beginning, in 2011. Global Health Nursing is not all sweetness and light; not solely milk & honey and happy moms and babies.
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