Tibetan Nuns Project
Who are they?
The Tibetan Nuns Project was established under the auspices of the Tibetan Women's Association and the Department of Religion and Culture of H. H. the Dalai Lama and is dedicated to educating and supporting nuns in India from all Tibetan Buddhist lineages.
The Tibetan Nuns Project is dedicated to:
- Improving standards of food, sanitation, medical care, and education in Tibetan nunneries
- Working towards future self-sufficiency through educational and training opportunities
- Training nuns to take leadership and service roles within their communities
- Improving the level and status of ordained Buddhist women
- Assisting recently arrived refugee nuns from Tibet
- Continuing to establish further facilities for Buddhist nuns
Through their sponsorship program, funded by sponsors from around the world, they currently support over 700 Tibetan nuns living in north India.
To learn more, click here.
The Project is primarily funded by generous donations from individuals and organizations. Institutional funding has come from the Heinrich Boell Foundation of Germany; the Norwegian Tibet Committee Women's Group and the Norwegian organizations Fokus and Norad; the Swedish foundation Soir-IM; the American Himalayan Foundation; Rigpa Foundation of London; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Hershey Family Foundation, and the Betsy Gordon Foundation. Money is also produced by the nuns' numerous income-generating projects.
How to help
Make a donation - click here
We promise to use your donation wisely towards the greatest need. You may also designate your gift to a specific fund such as teachers' salaries, education programs, Jong Gonchoe (annual debate session), housing for elder nuns, retreat centre, and more.
Sponsor a Nun - click here
For less than $1 per day, you can provide the basic necessities to a nun. One hundred percent of sponsorship funds go directly to India to support the nuns.
Buy products - click here
The nuns take great pride in making products for sale through our web site as part of their income generating program. They hand make unique gifts such as nun and monk dolls, door hangings, prayer beads and bags, kataks (offering scarves), prayer flags, monk and shopping bags, cell phone holders, and more. If you are purchasing gifts for friends and family throughout the year, please consider a gift made with love by the nuns.
Volunteer - click here
There are a variety of opportunities in your local area, please click here to learn more.
Company Gift Matching
Endowment - click here
Host a House Party
We always do our best to keep expenses as low as humanly possible. To that end, we are almost always in need of help with "stuff" separate from dollars. If you have any of the items listed below and are willing and able to make an "in kind" donation, we would be grateful and will promise to utilize the gift to its utmost. Here is what we need right now.
- Stationery items - colored paper, binder paper, binders, paperclips, post it notes, etc.
- English language software (legal and licensed) for the nuns' computer lab at Dolma Ling Nunnery
- (Windows based - need 10 licenses total)
A Portion of Purchases made at Sage Hills Retreat Center (some products 100%) go to supporting this organization that is very near and dear to our hearts.