Vehicle for Remote Nunnery

Thank you! In 2022, 34 kind and generous supporters made donations to help the 62 nuns at Sherab Choeling Nunnery purchase a new vehicle after their old one was beyond repair.

Sherab Choeling vehicle purchase

The new vehicle will make a huge impact on the daily lives of the nuns at Sherab Choeling Nunnery. The nunnery is located near the hamlet of Morang, in the remote, high-altitude Spiti Valley of the Indian Himalayas.

The nuns are immensely grateful for your support! They sent the following photos and message of thanks:

“We the nuns of Sherab Choeling Institute, Spiti, Morang would like to extend our heartfelt thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all the kind sponsors for this wonderful vehicle. PS: A picture of the nuns with car gifted by you.”

Sherab Choeling vehicle

The thank you message from the nuns on the new Sherab Choeling Nunnery vehicle.

In this remote region of the Indian Himalayas, the vehicle is the nuns’ lifeline. The area’s roads are infamous for their landslides, rocks, and bad conditions. The nuns will use the vehicle to transport people and supplies and to take nuns for medical care.

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It was a joyous day for all the nuns when they were able to purchase this new The total cost of the 10-seat, multi-purpose vehicle. It will be a lifeline for the nunnery!

Sherab Choeling vehicle

The senior nuns at Sherab Choeling Nunnery receive the key to the new multi-purpose vehicle that will be used to transport supplies and nuns. It will also serve as an ambulance to take nuns for medical care.

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About Sherab Choeling Nunnery

Sherab Choeling Nunnery was founded in 1995 to educate Himalayan Buddhist nuns who otherwise had no opportunity to receive formal schooling or spiritual education. It is a non-sectarian nunnery that recognizes the beauty and value of all Buddhist traditions.

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Nuns practice Tibetan Buddhist debate at Sherab Choeling Nunnery in the Indian Himalayas. The nunnery is one of seven nunneries in northern India supported by the Tibetan Nuns Project. Photo courtesy of Olivier Adam.

Typically, women who live in remote areas like Spiti and who are interested in studying or practicing their religion have very few options. The Tibetan Nuns Project was approached by the nunnery in 2006 to help them develop their institution and we accepted them into our sponsorship program.

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Nuns doing chores moving rocks at Sherab Choeling Nunnery.

There are currently 62 nuns at Sherab Choeling Nunnery. They follow a 17-year study program which includes Buddhist Philosophy, Tibetan, Hindi, and English. The broad education provides the nuns with the skills to educate future generations of nuns and the communities from which they come.

Sherab Choeling Nunnery in Spiti

Winters are tough at Sherab Choeling, with temperatures dropping down to -8°F or -22°C.

Location of Sherab Choeling Nunnery in the Spiti Valley

The location of Sherab Choeling Nunnery in the Spiti Valley of the Indian Himalayas. The nunnery is at almost 4,000 meters or over 13,000 feet in altitude. The name “Spiti” means “the middle land”, that is the land between Tibet and India.