Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute

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 an 18-year curriculum of traditional Buddhist philosophy and debate along with modern courses in Tibetan language, English, basic mathematics, and computer skills. 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, 228 nuns are fully engaged in study, practice, nunnery work, and self-sufficiency projects. This year, after completing the five major topics needed to master a Geshema degree, 10 nuns appeared for the first year Geshema exam in May 2013. Some nuns have completed their studies and are teaching in Tibetan schools. In the future we will be seeing more nuns graduating and 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 which is very useful to the nuns especially in the cold winter. Additionally, the new debate courtyard is in the final stage of construction and should be completed late this fall.