Dorjee Zong Nunnery
Dorjee Zong Nunnery is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist nunnery located in the remote, high-altitude area of Zanskar in northern India, near Ladakh.
At present, the nunnery is very small and basic and seeks to provide education and guide the nuns in community service. The nunnery was accepted into the Tibetan Nuns Project’s sponsorship program in 2009.
There are about 20 nuns at the nunnery. The eldest are in their 90s, while the youngest are provided primary education at the nunnery up to Grade 5. Around 9 nuns have completed their Grade 5 education at the nunnery and, thanks to the generous donors of a school bus, now attend classes at the government school 6 miles away.
The nunnery is one of the oldest centers in pursuit of monastic education in Zanskar. Founded in the 14th century, it has a long tradition of meditating nuns, some of who are famed for having reached high levels of realization and attainment.
The nunnery was founded about 700 years ago by Master Sherab Zangpo, renowned as the Bodhisattva from the upper region of Tibet. He was one of the chief disciples of Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa (1357-1419) founder of the Geluk order. There have been a number of highly accomplished practitioners who devoted their entire life to dharma at this nunnery. Khandroma Yeshi Lhamo, popularly known as Jomo Shelama, was one of those highly realized practitioners from the nunnery.
Six nuns from Dorjee Zong Nunnery have studied in nunneries in Dharamsala for many years. Among them, three nuns have taken on the responsibility to revive their ancient nunnery.
The nunnery is completing a huge expansion project thanks to generous donors.
Here’s a video of life at Dorjee Zong in August 2022.
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