Septic Repair Shugsep

Shugsep Nunnery, now home to about 85 nuns, was built over 10 years ago. Unfortunately, the nunnery’s septic system is leaking and needs to be repaired urgently, if possible before the monsoon rains at the end of June.

The nunnery relies on septic tanks and septic fields to deal with sewage and grey water. The area experiences one of the heaviest monsoons in India. The torrential rains put huge stress on the septic system, causing the tanks to overflow. The nunnery is built on a hillside, further complicating matters. When the land becomes saturated, both the nunnery and neighboring village homes are affected, causing distress to everyone.

It is vital for the health of the nuns and their neighbors that the nunnery has a well-functioning septic system. Without urgent repairs, there is the very real danger of outbreaks of disease such as dysentery, cholera, typhoid, and hepatitis.

We urgently need your help to repair the septic system at Shugsep Nunnery before July 1 and the onset of the next monsoon.

Total cost: US $6,500

To help 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 Septic Repair Shugsep)
    815 Seattle Boulevard South #216
    Seattle, WA 98134 USA
  4. Donate securities.

Make a Donation

You may download a PDF description of the Shugsep Septic Repair Project here.

About Shugsep Nunnery

Shugsep is a Nyingma nunnery which, in the previous century, was the home of one of the most illustrious female practitioners, Shugsep Jetsunma. After the Cultural Revolution in 1959, the Chinese authorities forced the nuns to leave Shugsep and it was completely destroyed. Although the nunnery in Tibet was partially rebuilt in the 1980s by the nuns themselves, they faced frequent harassment and it was no longer a place where the nuns could live and study freely.

In order to preserve their tradition, many of the nuns escaped from Tibet and established themselves in temporary accommodation in Dharamsala. The new Shugsep Nunnery was constructed by the Tibetan Nuns Project in Sudher village below the main town of Dharamsala and was graciously inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on December 7th, 2010.

The majority of the 85 nuns now studying there come from the original Shugsep Nunnery in Tibet. Here they have the opportunity to participate in a 9-year academic program of Buddhist philosophy, debate, Tibetan language, and English.