Truck for Dolma Ling

Great news! The new truck for the nuns at Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute in northern India is now fully funded. Our deepest thanks go to Alicia, Margaret, Karen, Swetlana, Robert and a special anonymous donor who together helped us reach our goal! Here’s a blog post with a video showing the nuns using the truck for many purposes.

If you are interested in other major projects, we are still seeking funding for:

About the Truck for the Nuns

There is a great need for a small, multi-purpose pickup truck for Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute to help the nuns manage their daily tasks. The nuns must travel often to go and buy vegetables and other food, as well as supplies for the shop, the tailoring section, for tofu-making, and for the paper-recycling section. Hiring or renting private cars or taxis for these regular shopping errands is both expensive and not practical.

The nuns are seeking a two-seater pickup truck with a spacious carriage at the back. This kind of vehicle is more useful and much safer than a normal rented car. Without a proper pickup truck with ample space and weight in the back, it is dangerous and difficult to drive up the steep hills of the surrounding area. The nuns will use the pickup for getting food and vegetables from the market to feed over 230 nuns and over 30 staff, for transporting supplies for their many self-sufficiency projects and for various heavy-load materials.

The total estimated cost of the two-seater pickup is roughly US$10,500.

To help us purchase this truck and solve the nuns’ transportation problems you can:

      1. Make a gift online – see below.
      2. Call our office in Seattle, US at 1-206-652-8901 (Monday-Friday, 8-4)
      3. Mail a check to:
        The Tibetan Nuns Project
        (for truck for Dolma Ling Nunnery)
        815 Seattle Boulevard South #216
        Seattle, WA 98134 USA

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The Tibetan Nuns Project encourages and assists nuns to set up projects that will help to support the nunnery and nuns. We have always emphasized the importance of self-sufficiency in both educational and training programs. The nuns not only focus on their regular heavy Buddhist studies, but they also take part in regular chores such as cooking, washing, cleaning, buying vegetables, making tofu, tailoring, recycling paper, and running both the small nuns’ shop and café.

The construction of Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute took 12 long years to complete. It is now home to over 230 nuns who receive food, accommodation, and both a traditional and modern education. This non-sectarian nunnery was inaugurated by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama on December 8 2005 and is dedicated to higher Buddhist education for Tibetan nuns from all traditions. Today over 230 nuns are studying the full curriculum of higher philosophical studies and the nuns are working towards the Geshema degree which was opened up as a possibility in 2012 for the first time in the history of Tibet .

Learn more about the Tibetan Nuns Project.