Dorjee Zong Nunnery
Dorjee Zong Nunnery is located in Zanskar, a very remote region of North India near Ladakh, a two-day journey northwest of Dharamsala. Founded in the 14th century, it has a long tradition of meditating nuns, some of whom are famed for having reached high levels of realization and attainment. At present, the nunnery is very small 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 and we also help with a teacher’s salary.
Khari Ganden Tenphel Ling Nunnery (Dramo Nunnery)
The Khari Ganden Tenphel Ling Nunnery is a two-days trek from the airstrip in Lukla in the Mt. Everest region of Nepal. There are 35 nuns under the care of Khari Tenzin Gelek Rinpoche, whose previous incarnation established the nunnery after fleeing Tibet. The nuns range from ages 12 to 90 years. Khari Rinpoche visits the nunnery for a few months each year to teach the nuns. The Tibetan Nuns Project is currently funding a resident teacher to work more intensely with the nuns on Tibetan language.
Nuns Not Living in Nunneries
Some nuns prefer to live on their own and are not attached to a specific nunnery. They are often older nuns who are interested in meditative retreat rather than in learning higher Buddhist philosophy.