This year marks the 25th annual, inter-nunnery debate called the Jang Gonchoe. In the fall, hundreds of nuns from about 8 nunneries in India and Nepal will gather for four weeks to practice intensive Tibetan Buddhist debate.
Please help nuns attend the 2019 Jang Gonchoe by making a donation. Your gift will help cover food for the nuns during the month-long event and travel costs for the nuns to and from the host nunnery. Here’s a report on the 2018 Jang Gonchoe.
The Importance of Monastic Debate
Monastic debate is the traditional mode of study of the profound texts of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Through debate, the nuns test and consolidate their classroom learning. For many nuns, taking part in the Jang Gonchoe is an essential component of working towards higher academic degrees, such as the Geshema degree, which is roughly equivalent to a PhD in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
Prior to 1995, there was no Jang Gonchoe for nuns, although Tibetan monks have held their Jang Gonchoe for centuries. The chance to have nuns from many nunneries gather and intensively debate with each other is a relatively new opportunity for ordained Buddhist women. The Tibetan Nuns Project has been fully supporting the Jang Gonchoe for nuns since 1997.
In 2014, the Tibetan Nuns Project launched a Jang Gonchoe Endowment Fund so that this vital educational opportunity may continue for years to come. Unfortunately, we’re still a long way from reaching our goal for the fund. You can learn more here.
To support the 2019 Jang Gonchoe you can:
Funds raised over and above the costs for the 2019 debate event will be used to fund future debates.
More About Tibetan Buddhist Debate
Here’s a short video made a number of years ago by the nuns at Dolma Ling Nunnery about the importance of monastic debate.