On October 3, 2013, just one day before the start of the month-long Great Winter Debate Event (or Jang Gonchoe) the nuns of Dolma Ling Nunnery were working hard to put a new roof on the debate courtyard. The previous soft roof was irreparably damaged in severe weather. The new metal roof will protect the nuns from the hot Indian sun, the torrential monsoon rains and the other extreme weather in the region.
In order to complete the roof in time, the Tibetan Nuns Project was forced to take out a loan to finance the work. We are now seeking urgent support to help pay for the new roof. Some generous donors have stepped forward, but we still need $45,000 to pay for the roof.
Monastic debate is of critical importance in traditional Tibetan Buddhist learning. Through debate, the nuns test and consolidate their classroom learning with the motivation of ending suffering for all sentient beings.
Each year in October, the Tibetan Nuns Project supports a special debating event, called the Jang Gonchoe at which hundreds of nuns from nunneries throughout India and Nepal come together to practice this ancient form of learning. For many, this is an essential component of working towards the Geshema degree, equivalent to a PhD in Tibetan Buddhism.
Other ways to give:
- call our office in Seattle at (206) 652-8901 any time from 10 am to 4 pm, PST weekdays
- mail a check to 815 Seattle Boulevard South #216, Seattle, WA 98134 USA
The Tibetan Nuns Project was established over 2 decades ago to support a tremendous influx of nuns escaping from Tibet in search of religious and educational freedom. Ranging in age from early teens to mid-80s, they come from all parts of Tibet and from many different backgrounds. Many nuns suffered severely from their long, arduous and often dangerous escape to India. In most cases, the nuns have arrived without money or possessions to a community already struggling to support itself. These women wish nothing more than to live, study, practice, and teach in accordance with their spiritual beliefs.