See the special moment when Matthew Ricard goes too see a Buddhist nun, Ani Ngawang Pema, who has been in solitary retreat for 45 years doing spiritual practices. No one had seen her, no one had even had the chance to interview or take photographs of her until the filming of National Geography’s documentary called “Light at the Edge of the World”.
When the Ani Ngawang Pema was younger, she was sought after by many suitors because of her beauty. She was known as the most beautiful girl in the Khumbu region (northeast of Nepal). Sons from many rich and famous families would seek her marriage. There was one particular wealthy merchant who had the power to demand for her marriage, instead of jumping at the chance to live a potential life of wealth and luxuries, she fled to become a renuncinant.
The buddhist nun went into silence and lived in retreat for 45 years. She became a legend in the region. Every traveler going to Mount Everest would go pay homage at her hut, to receive blessings and prayers. But they would never see her.
This is a very special moment captured on camera of this radiant being.
You can see the full documentary here: http://amzn.to/1ojiBrt
Matthieu Ricard (Nepali: born 15 February 1946) is a French writer and Buddhist monk who resides at Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling Monastery in Nepal.
Matthieu Ricard grew up among the personalities and ideas of French intellectual circles. He received a Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics from the Pasteur Institute in 1972. He then decided to forsake his scientific career and instead practice Tibetan Buddhism, living mainly in the Himalayas.
Ricard is a board member of the Mind and Life Institute and received the French National Order of Merit for his humanitarian work in the East.