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Inauguration of Retreat Huts at Dolma Ling Nunnery

On November 10 2014, the eight new retreat huts built at Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute near Dharamsala, India were inaugurated by Dagri Rinpoche. The nuns sent the following photos of the special occasion.

Inauguration retreat huts Dolma Ling 2014

Nuns and monks holding white ceremonial khataks to greet Dagri Rinpoche and others during the inauguration of the retreat huts at Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute, November 10th 2014. Photo: Tibetan Nuns Project

Dagri Rinpoche inuagurates retreat huts Nov 10 2014

Dagri Rinpoche, who is living at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s residence premises at the main temple in Dharamsala, Tsuglagkhang, inaugurates the eight retreat huts. Photo: Tibetan Nuns Project

Dagri Rinpoche inaugurates retreat huts Dolma Ling Nov 2014

Blessing inside one of the eight new retreat huts at Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute. Photo: Tibetan Nuns Project

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A joyous day at Dolma Ling Nunnery as Dagri Rinpoche inaugurates the new retreat huts. Photo: Tibetan Nuns Project

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama Addresses Nuns After the Great Winter Debate Session

Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, India  3 November 2013
Report from the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

This morning His Holiness the Dalai Lama met briefly with nuns from eight nunneries who for the last month have been taking part in the Jang Gonchoe, the Great Winter Debate, held this year at Dolma Ling Nunnery. He began:

“You’ve all been engaged in debate based on Dharmakirti’s ‘Commentary on Epistemology’ (Pramanavarttika), What did you learn from each other?”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama addresses the nuns after debate session Nov 3 2013

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking encouragingly to nuns from several nunneries who had taken part in the just concluded annual winter debate session during their meeting at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, India on November 3, 2013. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

He said that there are reports that at one time in Tibet there was a tradition of nuns studying the classic Buddhist texts, which eventually lapsed. This has changed. He cited nuns from Kopan in Nepal last year defying the Tibetan joke about nuns being proud of having memorized the Samantabhadra prayer when they memorized not only Chandrakirti’s ‘Supplement to (Nagarjuna’s) Treatise on the Middle Way’ (Madhyamakavatara) and Maitreya’s ‘Ornament for Clear Realization’ (Abhisamayalankara), but also Haribadra’s commentary ‘Clear Meaning’ (Sputartha), which His Holiness admitted was even more than he had done. Continue reading

Help complete the 8 Buddhist retreat huts

The Buddhist nuns at Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute in India need help to complete their 8 retreat huts, serving over 200 Tibetan nuns from all lineages.

Retreats are a core part of the nuns’ Buddhist practice. These huts will give the nuns the opportunity to develop their own insight and knowledge in a space built to ensure complete privacy. Each hut consists of a simple room with a bathroom and pantry area.

Tibetan Buddhist nuns building the retreat huts at Dolma Ling Nunnery

Nuns carry heavy loads to build the 8 retreat huts at Dolma Ling Nunnery in India

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