Our 2020 calendar is filled with stunning images of the lives of the Tibetan nuns and also includes:
- Inspirational Quotes
- Tibetan Lunar Calendar
- Ritual Dates
- Phases of the Moon
- Major US and Canadian Holidays
All the photos in the 2020 calendar were taken by the nuns in India.
Dimension 6.5″ x 7″
Proceeds from the sale of the calendar help to provide education, food, shelter, and health care for over 700 Buddhist nuns living in northern India.
How This Unique Charity Calendar is Created
Each summer, the nunneries that we support send a selection of photos for possible inclusion in the next year’s calendar. Once all the photos are gathered together a final selection is made. We try to balance the images, choosing at least one photograph from each nunnery and selecting photographs that are windows into the nuns’ lives.
Each photo is captioned and paired with inspirational quotations from renowned Tibetan Buddhist teachers, such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and others
Tibetan Calendar Holidays
The Tibetan Nuns Project calendar also includes the dates of the Tibetan lunar calendar, as well as special ritual days, Tibetan holidays, and the full and new moons.
The Tibetan calendar is thousands of years old and is different from the Gregorian calendar, which is the international standard used almost everywhere in the world for civil purposes.
While the Gregorian calendar is a purely solar calendar, the Tibetan calendar (Tibetan: ལོ་ཐོ, Wylie: lo-tho) is a lunisolar calendar. This means that the Tibetan year is composed of either 12 or 13 lunar months, each beginning and ending with a new moon. A thirteenth month is added every two or three years so that an average Tibetan year is equal to the solar year.
In the traditional Tibetan calendar, each year is associated with an animal, an element, and a number. Next year, starting at Tibetan New Year or Losar on February 24, 2020, it will be the year of the Iron Mouse, 2147.
The animals are similar to those in the Chinese zodiac and are in the following order: Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig, Mouse, Ox, and Tiger. The five elements are in this order: Fire, Earth, Iron, Water, and Wood.