Pema is back with us this evening, and he’s making the year’s last dash down to Snow College to see his daughter Nawang. Of course Mingma is taking her last opportunity for a while to jab at her to not even
think about wandering off into Christianity. As drove them the six hours to Zion National Park in southern Utah last month Mingma displayed super-human motor mouth powers as she sat in the back seat with her daughter. She must have been speaking in her native Sherpa language, and I failed to discern even the slightest pause for a breath the entire duration. I asked Pema later what topic had engaged her so adamantly, and he mumbled with brevity it was about religion. He must have been a little overloaded by all of the verbiage too, but at least he could zone out with his prayer beads. I had to actually stay alert. He went on to say that the Buddhist history and teachings have great depth and explaining them is no casual affair. Apparently Mingma was catching her daughter up on centuries of enlightenment in her brief (captive) company.