30th Anniversary

The Tibetan Nuns Project 30th Anniversary was in 2017!

Our 30th anniversary was an opportunity to thank our supporters and to take stock of many historic milestones. These accomplishments would not have been possible without the dedication and compassion of our global family of supporters. You and your support will be remembered in the history of Tibet and are an enduring legacy for future Tibetan Buddhist nuns.

Here are some of the accomplishments that our supporters have made possible:

  • Created a ground-breaking educational program for Tibetan Buddhist nuns
  • Feeding, clothing, housing, and educating over 800 Tibetans nuns through our sponsorship program
  • Built and established Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute, a non-sectarian nunnery
  • Constructed and re-established Shugsep Nunnery in India. The original Shugsep Nunnery in Tibet was destroyed and many of the nuns escaped into exile.
  • Established the annual inter-nunnery debate event, the Jang Gonchoe, to provide intensive training in Tibetan Buddhist debate. Previously, women were not trained in debate.
  • Laid the groundwork for higher degrees for nuns
  • Awarded the Geshema degree, equivalent to a Ph.D. in Tibetan Buddhism, for the first time in the history of Tibet. This degree was only opened to women in 2012.

To mark the 30th anniversary, the Tibetan Nuns Project held a gathering at Dolma Ling Nunnery in India and Institute in India on October 2nd, 2017. Read our 2017 Newsletter for more information.

Here’s a timeline we created showing major accomplishments up to 2023. You can also see it as a PDF here.

Tibetan Nuns Project timeline 1987 to 2023 for website