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Daughters of Wisdom

In Nangchen, situated on the Eastern Tibetan plateau, it has traditionally been a high honor for a family to have a son become a monk, granting him the privilege to serve the community as a scholar and spiritual leader. But to have a daughter become a nun has been considered a burden for a family, as she can no longer be married off in exchange for livestock, or bear children who can become workers on the family farm. Daughters of Wisdom in an intimate portrait of 300 nuns who are receiving unprecedented educational and religious training, and preserving their rich cultural heritage even as they slowly reshape it. Some shy, some outspoken, committed to the often difficult life they have chosen, the nuns graciously allowed cameras into their vibrant spiritual community to capture a glimpse into their extraordinary lives. Tibetan. Generously sponsored by Anita and Mike McCann, Mary Ann and Jim Chubb, Susie King