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Nuns’ Celebration

By Lodoe Gyatso  /  October 11, 2017;

CTA President Lobsang Sangay speaking on the anniversary gathering
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The Tibetan Nuns Project (TNP) marked its 30th anniversary in a ceremony at Dolma Ling Nunnery in Dharamshala.

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, president of the Tibetan Government-in-exile, addressed the ceremony saying, “Accomplishments of the Tibetan Nuns Project o

ver the years include the reestablishment of one of the most illustrious Tibetan nunneries in Tibet and laying the groundwork for the highest Buddhist education for Tibetan nuns”.

He expressed his gratitude to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for inspiring the revival of Tibetan culture and the resilience of the people in the most challenging times.

“Due to the vision and grace of His Holiness, exile establishments such as the Tibetan Medical Institute, the Institute of Performing Arts and the Tibetan nunneries that were destroyed in Tibet continue to flourish in exile.”

Director of the Tibetan Nuns Project, Rinchen Khando addressing the gathering
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Director of the Tibetan Nuns Project Rinchen Khando spoke on the history of TNP, its inception and its achievements. “Our 30th anniversary is an opportunity to thank our supporters and to take stock of the many historic milestones that would not have been possible without your compassion for the nuns,” she said.

Achievements listed by TNP include:

• Creating a ground-breaking educational programme for nuns
• Feeding, clothing, housing, and educating almost 800 Tibetans nuns through the sponsorship programme
• Building and establishing Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute in Dharamshala, a nonsectarian nunnery
• Constructing and reestablishing Shugsep Nunnery in India
• Establishing the annual inter-nunnery debate, the Jang Gonchoe [the winter teaching, formerly only attended by monks]
• Laying the groundwork for higher degrees for nuns
• Awarding of the Geshema degree [to nuns] for the first time in the history of Tibet

The Tibetan Nuns Project was established under the auspices of the Tibetan Women’s Association and the Department of Religion and Culture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and is dedicated to educating and supporting nuns in India from all Tibetan Buddhist lineages.

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