Marion Chaygneaud-Dupuy, the Buddhist who cleans Everest

Marion Chaygneaud-Dupuy

After spending several years in a Buddhist monastery in Darjeeling, Marion Chaygneaud-Dupuy made it her mission to rid Everest of the tons of rubbish left by mountaineers.

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Her dazzling smile comes from the peaks of the Himalayas and years of silence away from the world. At 16, after a trip to the slums of Calcutta alongside a street doctor, Marion Chaygneaud-Dupuy understands that she must put herself at the service of life in all its forms. She then decides to take a vow of chastity, shaves her head and begins Buddhist retreats in the Dordogne, not far from the house where she lives with her parents.

Realizing that she will not be able to advance alone on the spiritual path that attracts her, the young woman wishes to find a master. The meditation books of the great Tibetan master Bokar Rinpoche, a renowned teacher close to the Karmapa – the most important figure in Buddhism after the Dalai Lama – challenge him. In the spring of 1999, when she was 18 years old, she presented herself to Mirik, in the monastery that the master had founded near Darjeeling to ask him to take her as a disciple.

“You want too much”
But while the Frenchwoman exposes her questions to him, the Buddhist teacher answers with this sentence which will accompany him for a long time: ” You want too much ” ( “You want too much” ). He nevertheless accepts her at his side and teaches her for four years to no longer want , to give up control in order to let be . She lives near the monastery, not being able to live with the monks, but shares all her meals with them. She is now called Dolma, the “Green Tara”, in other words “compassion in action”. This new name will guide his life from now on.

Delhi Magazine Team

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