2018 Jang Gonchoe

We are delighted to report that the 2018 Inter-Nunnery Debate event, called the Jang Gonchoe, has been fully funded.

You can still help support debating for the nuns. Please donate to our Jang Gonchoe Endowment Fund to make this annual event sustainable.

Each year, the Tibetan Nuns Project fully supports the annual inter-nunnery debate called the Jang Gonchoe. Until the 1990s, Tibetan Buddhist nuns were excluded from this form and level of education.

In 2018, the Jang Gonchoe for nuns is being held at Kopan Nunnery in Nepal. Hundreds of nuns from 9 nunneries in India and Nepal are taking part in this year’s debate event. However, the nuns needed help with food and travel costs in order to attend.

The practice of debate is an essential part of monastic education in the Tibetan tradition and joins logical thinking with a deeper understanding of Buddhist philosophy. The inter-nunnery debate is a vital educational opportunity. By supporting this event, our donors are helping the nuns grow in confidence, to prepare for taking higher degrees such as the Geshema degree, to become teachers and leaders, and to preserve the rich Tibetan Buddhist culture and religion.

In 2018, because the event is being held in Nepal and most of the nuns are from nunneries in India, the travel costs are greater than in previous years. Nuns are traveling to and from Kopan in the most economical way possible. In some cases, the nuns have to stop and sleep en route. The longest journey is three-days travel from Jangchub Choeling Nunnery in Mundgod in southern India.

Support of the Jang Gonchoe helps to build capacity and equality for the nuns, to foster the dharma for future generations, and to ensure that this precious wisdom tradition continues and grows.

Funds raised over and above this year’s costs will be directed towards the Jang Gonchoe Endowment Fund. 

To support the Jang Gonchoe Endowment Fund you can:

  1. Make a gift online – see below.
  2. Call our office in Seattle, US at 1-206-652-8901
  3. Mail a check to:
    The Tibetan Nuns Project
    (for Jang Gonchoe Endowment Fund)
    815 Seattle Boulevard South #216
    Seattle, WA 98134 USA
  4. Donate securities.

Make a Donation

Download a PDF description of this project.

Here’s a short video made a number of years ago by the nuns at Dolma Ling Nunnery about the importance of monastic debate.

Learn more about the Tibetan Nuns Project.