Director Rinchen Khando Choegyal, is a former Minister of Education in the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, founding President of the Women’s Tibetan Association, and sister-in-law of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She resides in Dharamsala.
Co-Director Elizabeth Napper, PhD., a scholar of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, is author of Dependent-Arising and Emptiness, translator and editor of Mind in Tibetan Buddhism, and co-editor of Kindness, Clarity and Insight, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She divides her time between Dharamsala and the U.S.
Co-Director Venerable Lobsang Dechen, received her B.A. from St. Bedes in Shimla and her B. of Ed. from Punjab University in Chandigarh, and previously taught at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Lower Dharamsala. She resides in Dharamsala.
Board of Directors
The Tibetan Nuns Project is comprised of two sister organizations. All of our program work takes place in northern India, where our office is located within the Dolma Ling complex. Our program work is governed by our Board of Directors in India. In the U.S., the Tibetan Nuns Project is a registered non-profit with 501(c) tax status that conducts fundraising and outreach work in North America and operates under the governance of its own Board of Directors.
- Rinchen Khando Choegyal, President
- Ven. Lobsang Dechen, Secretary
- Tenzin Choegyal, Member
- Ven. Tashi Namygyal, Member
- Dolkar Lhamo, Treasurer (current President of the Tibetan Women’s Association)
- Dhondup Dorjee Gyalling, Member (current Secretary of the Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration)
- Tenzin Gyeche, Member
- Chhime R. Chhoekyapa, Member (current Secretary of the Private Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama)
- Elizabeth Napper, President
- Elizabeth Goldblatt, Treasurer
- Steve Wilhelm, Secretary
- Ven. Lobsang Dechen, Member
- Judyth Weaver, Member
- Tseten Phanucharas, Member
- Vicki Robinson, Member
- Carol Bailey, Member