The Tibetan Nuns Project (TNP), a US-registered charity based in Seattle and the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India, has announced that its fundraising appeal to improve water supplies for nuns Buddhists of Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute has reached its fundraising goal.*
“Wonderful news! The project was fully funded! said the TNP in an announcement shared with BDG. “This is a massive water project that the nuns and teachers of the Dolma Ling Convent and Institute urgently needed. The old water supply system did not provide enough water and , what little they had, was often polluted.
“The [project] includes the collection, storage, chlorination and channeling of water for 400 inhabitants of Dolma Ling. The stable water supply will serve the entire campus, including the nuns’ housing blocks, teachers’ quarters, medical clinic and guest house. (Tibetan Nuns Project)
Inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2005, the Dolma Ling Convent and Institute of Buddhist Dialectics is located in the Kangra Valley near Dharamsala in northern India. The nunnery was the first institute dedicated to Buddhist higher education for Tibetan Buddhist nuns of all traditions, and is fully funded by the TNP.
Some 400 nuns are fully engaged in study, practice and convent work at Dolma Ling, as well as organizing self-sufficiency projects, such as tofu making and handicraft production. In 2013, 10 of Dolma Ling’s nuns made history by taking first-year Geshema exams.*
The TNP also announced a new appeal for funds to provide a replacement car for the 101 nuns residing and practicing at the Shugsep Nunnery and Institute near Dharamsala.
“Nuns at Shugsep Nunnery and Institute need a 10-seater vehicle for all their duties of transporting nuns and supplies. The vehicle will also be used to take nuns for medical treatment,” the TNP explained. “The nuns are currently using a 13-year-old Chevy Tavera that is falling apart. The model was discontinued in 2017 and there are increasing repair and maintenance issues. The nuns have done their best to keep their old vehicle in working order, but parts are very hard to find and extremely expensive.
“The total cost of a new multi-purpose vehicle is $29,500, which includes taxes, registration, insurance and warranty for repairs. (Tibetan Nuns Project)
Shugsep Nunnery and Institute is one of two nunneries built and fully supported by the NPT. Affiliated with the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, Shugsep traces its teachings and practices to some of Tibet‘s most accomplished practitioners. Many nuns who study at Shugsep Nunnery come from the original Shugsep in Tibet, which was home to one of the most famous Dharma teachers of his time, Shugsep Jetsunma. Shugsep nuns in Dharamasala are able to undertake a nine-year university program in Buddhist philosophy, debating, Tibetan language and English.
The Tibetan Nuns Project provides education and humanitarian aid to refugee nuns from Tibet and the Himalayan regions of India. Established under the auspices of the Tibetan Women’s Association and the Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration, it supports hundreds of nuns from all Tibetan Buddhist lineages living in nunneries and elsewhere in India. Many of the nuns are refugees from Tibet, but the organization also extends to the Himalayan border regions of India where women and girls have little access to education and religious training.
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* Tibetan Nuns Project Urgently Appeals for Water for Dolma Ling Nunnery (BDG)
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