Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute is fully funded by the Tibetan Nuns Project and was the first institute dedicated specifically to higher Buddhist education for Tibetan Buddhist nuns from all traditions. It is unique in that it offers a 17-year curriculum of traditional Buddhist philosophy and debate along with modern courses in Tibetan language, English, mathematics, computer skills and basic medical training. The nuns also receive training in the ritual arts such as sand mandala and butter sculpture. The nunnery was successfully completed after twelve years of hard work and was officially inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on December 8, 2005.
Currently, 209 nuns are fully engaged in study, practice, nunnery work, and self-sufficiency projects. This year, fifteen students will complete Abhidharma studies, the fourth of the five major topics needed to master a Geshema degree. Some nuns have completed their studies and are teaching in Tibetan schools. In the future we will be seeing more nuns graduating and, after teacher training courses, taking on the important role of teachers, both in the nunneries and throughout the Tibetan exile community.
Much has been accomplished over the years and thanks to our many donors and supporters, the new shower facility with sustainable solar technology is bringing hot water to the nuns for the first time. The solar bathhouse has nine shower units and can serve 100 nuns per day. Input water comes from a nearby river and outflow water passes through a process that renders it not only safe, but useful in the garden. Additionally, the new debate courtyard is in the final stage of construction and should be completed late this fall.