Thanks to the extraordinary support of donors and the Donaldson Charitable Trust the new 10-seat multipurpose vehicle for nuns at Shugsep Nunnery and Institute has been funded and purchased. Thank you!
The 99 nuns at Shugsep Nunnery and Institute were using a 13-year-old Chevrolet Tavera that was falling apart. The model was discontinued in 2017 and the nuns had growing problems with repairs and maintenance. They did their best to keep their old vehicle running, but parts were very hard to find and extremely expensive. The vehicle was also unsafe.
In the spring of 2022, the Tibetan Nuns Project launched a fundraising campaign to enable the nuns to purchase a new 10-seat, multi-purpose vehicle including taxes, registration, insurance, and warranty for repairs.
We’re delighted to share photos of the nuns celebrating the new vehicle. Thank you!
About Shugsep Nunnery and Institute
Shugsep Nunnery is home to 101 nuns. It is one of two nunneries built and completely supported by the Tibetan Nuns Project. Many of the nuns come from Shugsep Nunnery in Tibet and escaped into exile seeking freedom.
A Nyingma nunnery, Shugsep traces its rituals and practice to some of the most illustrious female practitioners in Tibetan history. In the previous century, Shugsep Nunnery was home to one of the most famous teachers of her time, Shugsep Jetsunma.
Following the Cultural Revolution in 1959, the nuns of Shugsep Nunnery in Tibet were forced to leave and it was completely destroyed. Although the nunnery was partially rebuilt by the nuns in the 1980s, they faced frequent harassment by Chinese authorities.
Here is a video made in 2006 telling the story of Shugsep Nunnery in Tibet and how it was re-established in India by the Tibetan Nuns Project.