Built near the cave of the great Tibetan yogi Tilopa, Tilokpur Nunnery overlooks a small town 40 kilometers from Dharamsala. It is the oldest Kagyu nunnery oustide of Tibet, supporting 65 nuns from the Himalayan border regions of India and the Mustang region of Nepal. Tilokpur was founded in 1966 by Mrs. Freda Bedi, a British nun who was ordained by the previous Karmapa.
Tilokpur is a small nunnery and in the past, the nuns had been hampered in their abilities to develop and sustain themselves by the general lack of education. The Tibetan Nuns Project has helped them start regular classes in Tibetan, Buddhist philosophy, and English. We helped them purchase new books, including Buddhist philosophy and math textbooks. The nuns have also formed a management committee that is administering the internal activities of the nunnery. The office is also better equipped technically with a new computer, fax, and printer, and two nuns have completed a month-long computer training course.
Construction of a new institution for study, called a “Shedra,” is nearing completion. It will provide the full facilities for study enjoyed by the monks of the Karma Kagyu tradition.