Women need equal access to education. Tibetan Buddhist nuns should get the same quality education as the monks.
The Tibetan Nuns Project has played a pivotal role in advocating for equality of access to education and higher degrees, such as the Geshema degree.
Please help to educate and empower the Tibetan Buddhist nuns.
You can help educate women!
- Make a gift online at tnp.org
- Call our office in Seattle, US at 1-206-652-8901
- Mail a check to The Tibetan Nuns Project (for Education)
815 Seattle Boulevard South #216, Seattle, WA 98134 USA
- Give a gift of securities
- Leave a gift in your will to the Tibetan Nuns Project
Why Nuns Need Access to Education
Your support helps Tibetan refugee women and Buddhist nuns who have been forced to flee their homeland of Tibet and live in exile in India. Ranging in age from pre-teen to mid-80s, these nuns come from all parts of Tibet and from many different backgrounds.
Most refugee nuns who escaped from Tibet had no education in their own language or in their religious heritage prior to coming into exile. Many were illiterate and could not even write their own names.
Your support also educates women from the remote, impoverished border areas of India such as Ladakh, Zanskar, Spiti, Lahoul, and Arunachal Pradesh.
The majority of women and girls from these areas get far less education than men and boys. In the past, girls were often taken out of school as early as grade 4, if sent to school at all.
The nunneries give them a chance for an education that they would not have otherwise.
“Before the Tibetan Nuns Project came into being and was active there wasn’t much education for Tibetan nuns, neither in exile nor ever in the history of Tibet inside Tibet. Even when Tibet was free, nuns didn’t have much of an education,” said Rinchen Khando Choegyal, the Tibetan Nuns Project Founder and Director said in an interview. “Mostly what the nuns did was spend their time praying and meditating. Some nuns were very highly realized meditators, but in the sense of education that you and I know of today, they had none.”
As one donor said:
“I support the Tibetan Nuns Project because I believe that nuns must have equal access to education and practice in these difficult times. I am honoured to have the opportunity to support a nun so she can focus on her studies and practice. Their success and well-being is my heart’s desire.” TM, Long Beach, CA