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Tibetan Nuns Project

I am a proud sponsor of The Tibetan Nuns Project. Om Ah Hung

Buddhist nuns in prayer hall Shugsep Nunnery

The Tibetan Nuns Project

The Tibetan Nuns Project provides education and humanitarian aid to refugee nuns from Tibet and to nuns from the Himalayan regions of India. The support provides facilities and programs to educate, empower, and improve the status of ordained Tibetan women.

It directly impacts the nuns’ lives, the majority of whom have endured great suffering to get to this hopeful situation. By supporting their work, you are giving the nuns the opportunity to practice Dharma in a safe and empowering environment, at a time when the Tibetan culture and religion is severely under threat. It  opens doors for these dedicated women through education so that they can, for the first time in the history of Tibet, stand alongside men as equals and as teachers and leaders.

About The Tibetan Nuns Project

Through their sponsorship program, funded by sponsors from around the world, they support over 700 Tibetan nuns living at 7 nunneries in northern India.

The Tibetan Nuns Project

View a list of Current Projects.

The Tibetan Nuns Project is dedicated to:

  • Improving standards of food, sanitation, medical care, and education in Tibetan nunneries
  • Working towards future self-sufficiency through educational and training opportunities
  • Training nuns to take leadership and service roles within their communities
  • Improving the level and status of ordained Buddhist women
  • Assisting recently arrived refugee nuns from Tibet
  • Continuing to establish further facilities for Buddhist nuns

Important milestones since the Tibetan Nuns Project was founded in 1987: timeline from the Tibetan Nuns Project

A great honor for every Buddhist woman:

Tibetan Buddhist Nuns Make History: Congratulations Geshema Nuns!

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A Geshema candidate on Day 1 of the Geshema examinations held this year at Geden Choeling Nunnery in Dharamsala, India. Photo courtesy of Venerable Delek Yangdron.

Their success fulfills a longstanding wish of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and marks a new chapter in the development of education for ordained Buddhist women and is a major accomplishment for Tibetan women.

The Geshema degree (a Geshe degree when awarded to men) is the highest level of training in the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism. These women pioneers have accomplished a level of scholarship and Buddhist training that, until recently, was only open to men.

The Geshema examination process is an extremely rigorous one that takes four years in total, with one round per year each May. During the 12-day exam period, the nuns must take both oral (debate) and written exams. They are examined on the entirety of their 17-year course of study of the Five Great Canonical Texts. In 2011, a German nun, Kelsang Wangmo, who spent 21 years training in India, became the first female to receive the Geshema title.

The new Geshema nuns will formally receive their degrees from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at a special ceremony at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod in southern India.

Geshema exam nuns

Good luck! Nuns departing from Dolma Ling Nunnery to take their Geshema exams in the spring of 2016 receive wishes of good luck from the other nuns. Photo courtesy of Venerable Delek Yangdon

This occasion is also a milestone for the Tibetan Nuns Project, which was founded in 1987 to provide education and humanitarian aid to Tibetan Buddhist nuns living in India. A number of the Geshema candidates were illiterate when they escaped from Tibet. To reach this historic milestone, the Tibetan Nuns Project had to build an educational system from the ground up.

“Educating women is powerful,” says Rinchen Khando Choegyal, Founder and Director of the Tibetan Nuns Project. “It’s not just about books. It is also about helping nuns acquire the skills they need to run their own institutions and create models for future success and expansion. It’s about enabling the nuns to be teachers in their own right and to take on leadership roles at a critical time in our nation’s history.”

Earning the Geshema degrees marks a turning point for the nuns. This degree will make them eligible to assume various leadership roles in the monastic and lay communities, previously reserved for men.

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Nuns must take both written and oral (debate) exams each year as part of the rigorous 4-year Geshema examination process. Photo courtesy of Venerable Delek Yangdron

The Tibetan Nuns Project supports 7 nunneries in India as well as many nuns living on their own for a total of nearly 800 nuns. Many are refugees from Tibet, but the organization also reaches out to the Himalayan border areas of India where women and girls have had little access to education and religious training.

Learn about the Endowment Fund in support of the Geshema exams.


Tulku’s Blessing

Dear Act 4 Tibet Supporters:

Thank you for your help and support for this monastery, school, orphanage and hospital project for the unfortunate children and for providing their daily bread, and for supporting the Tibetan refugee camp in Mainpat, India. Please, practice unconditional loving kindness and compassion.
~ Lama Tulku Tsori Rinpoche


The purpose of the monk sponsorship is to financially support the expenses of the monks while they live in the monastery under the care of Lama Tulku Tsori Rinpoche.

The sponsorship money is used to pay for the food, housing, clothing, shoes, study materials, teachers, medical care, vaccines, and other basic necessities for them to be able to pursue their practice and dedicate their lives to serving others.

Sonsoring a monk is a very powerful way to express our gratitude to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who are continuously working for our benefit. Supporting the monk Sangha in these times sends tremendous blessings to a very weary world. To support the monastic community is to plant seeds of enlightenment for countless beings.

The Sponsorship money is used to support all the monks equaly. Your contributions are their only source of income to stay in the monastery, get fed, clothed, treated medically and receive proper education.

Preservation of Tibetan Culture

Monks are of vital importance to the progress of Buddhism. The monks are the major source and labor behind the preservation of the Tibetan Language, culture, dance rituals, prayers and practices, written language (Sanskrit), and holy traditions and transmissions brought from India by the enlightened teacher Padmasambhava.

Importance of Monastic Life

The support of the Monastery and the monks shows several positive and auspicious signs.

1. Support the work of the monks to live a life dedicated to Dharma, to serve other beings, and to achieve accomplishment on the spiritual path.

2. Support monastic traditions and way of life, including the monks’ act of giving up all material possessions and taking chastity vows; these vows are acts of courage, discipline and compassion that humble and inspire us to dedicate as much of our lives to the support, practice, and advancement of the Dharma as possible.

3. Support the preservation and advancement of the history and traditions of the ancient practices and rituals.

4. Understand how supporting the monks, supports the unfoldment, development and improvement of our own practice.

Meaning of Sponsorship

Your support of a monk is like dropping a stone in calm water. The ripple effect is exponential. Through your generosity a monk is able to enter and stay in the monastery. When you support a monk you not only create good karma for yourself but you now have support from a monk and a direct link with the community and the monastery. Think about it this way, you will have a part of you in the monastery.

Appropriate gifts / Supplies / Medical Fund

Giving small gifts is acceptable and greatly appreciated. The monks enjoy toys, books, clothing, shoes, school material, blankets, and personal items. However, expensive gifts like VCR’s, computers, playstations, expensive clothing, large amounts of money (over $100), complex electronic devices, cellular phones, etc. are not good gifts and should not be sent to the monastery. Any gift that might distract them from their studies and duties and monastic vows are inappropriate. Please be mindful of this as you prepare to send a gift. You may send small amounts of spending money, but it is best not to make it a habit as the monastery takes care of all their personal needs.
See the list of Needed Supplies for ideas. Medical Fund.

Letters form India

Dearest Sponsors, First of all we the children of the monastery and whole staff members would like to say heartly Tashi Delek to you and the benefactors. By the grace of Rinpoche, we hope you, your family and all the benefactors are fine and in good health. Here, by the grace of our spiritual director Tulku Tsori Rinpoche, The Dharma Sangha and entire staff members are fine and in good health and all the children at the monastery are doing their education very best and hard.The children and staff members would like to say a very warm thank  you for your generous support. We are receiving the funds from the sponsorship.We highly appreciate your generous support and outsanding contribution towards our children’s monastery.We always pray for your long life and your health.We always hold you in our prayers and in our mind and our heart.We never forget your kindness one single day and we always keep your kindness in our hearts for ever and ever.We serve good meals to our children and we also want to improve the meals for the children of the monastery. It is our duty to serve better meals to our children’s monastery and it is our responsibility. Our Tsori Rinpoche’s Love and compassion and kindness and his blessings are always with you and we wish you a long life and healthy life. Our love and prayers are always with you. Take good care of yourself.
Thanking you. Your Dharma Family. Khandro Karzang Dolma.