Winter Robes for Shugsep Nuns

Great news! The winter robes are fully funded!

We are so grateful to the 13 donors who have provided new winter robes for the Tibetan Buddhist nuns at Shugsep Nunnery and Institute.

The nuns needed help to purchase a special cloth to wear during the cold winter months and during prayer time. None of the nunneries are heated and, since Shugsep is in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas, it gets very cold in winter. The average temperature in January in the area ranges from a high of 50°F (10°C) to a low of 31°F (-0°C).

The new robes will be very helpful, especially during prayers because the nuns are not allowed to wear any coats or sweaters in the prayer hall as per monastic rules.

The Nuns’ Committee asked for help to purchase 92 sets of winter monastic robes for the nuns. The total cost is US $3,800 to purchase the cloth and make the robes. The robes are being made in the holy city of Sarnath.

The presentation of materials for robes is believed to have beneficial karmic effects and is a powerful act of devotion and respect.

You can see our Current Needs here.