The Tibetan Nuns Project reports success in its appeal to fund new textbooks for Buddhist nuns

- through Henry Oudin

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The Tibetan Nuns Project (TNP), a US-registered charity based in Seattle and the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh, India, reported on the success of its recent fundraising appeal to meet a urgently need new knowledge in mathematics, science and English. manuals for the Buddhist convents for which he is responsible.*

“Thank you to everyone who donated to purchase textbooks for Tibetan Buddhist nuns in India,” TNP said in a statement shared with BDG. “Three of the seven convents in northern India have already received them and the nuns are delighted with their new books on English, mathematics, science and general culture. »

TNP supports seven nunneries in northern India from across Tibetan Buddhist traditions: Dolma Ling Convent and Institute; Shugsep Convent and Institute; Geden Choeling Convent; Tilokpur Convent; Sakya College for Nuns; Sherab Choeling Convent; and Dorjee Zong Convent – ​​and more than 800 nuns, including nuns living alone and living in retreat.

Dolma Ling, where 270 nuns live, received 274 new textbooks, TNP reported, noting that teachers at Dolma Ling were looking for high-quality books that were not previously available, as well as books to teach grammar and English composition.

“At Geden Choeling, the oldest convent in Dharamsala, the 200 nuns and their teachers are delighted to have good books,” TNP said. “The abbot of Geden Choeling wanted the nuns to learn mathematics, but the convent did not have mathematics textbooks. . . . Thanks to the generous support of donors to the Tibetan Nuns Project, the nuns of Geden Choeling now have . . . 362 textbooks.

The Tibetan Nuns Project provides education and humanitarian assistance to refugee nuns from Tibet and the Himalayan regions of India. Established under the auspices of the Tibetan Women's Association and the Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration, the TNP supports hundreds of nuns of all Tibetan Buddhist lineages and seven nunneries. Many nuns are refugees from Tibet, but the organization also extends to India's Himalayan borderlands, where women and girls have little access to education and religious training.

“Eight boxes containing 369 textbooks were delivered in May to the Shugsep convent and institute, which houses around 100 nuns,” TNP announced. “The Shugsep nuns needed books on math, science, English grammar and composition. The English teacher also requested help to improve the stock of English textbooks so that students could complete their lessons up to grade 8. The convent's last major book purchase was many years ago and these books were so loved and used that they fell apart.

The TNP also explained that an order had been placed for textbooks for the Tilokpur convent, which has a very busy but very grateful English teacher.

“The books of Sakya College for Nuns and Sherab Choeling Nunnery will be purchased soon,” the TNP added. “(And) textbooks for the Dorjee Zong Convent in remote Zanskar will be purchased this summer and brought there. »

TNP said it would continue to work with the seven convents to establish good library practices and secure library time for resident nuns for informal reading of fiction and non-fiction books.

“The Dolma Ling library is functioning well and the nuns regularly borrow books and read them,” TNP noted. “Teachers from Shugsep Convent will bring their classes to the library and display a range of books so that students can easily browse through them and choose what they would like to read. »

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Henry Oudin

Henry Oudin is a Buddhist scholar, spiritual adventurer and journalist. He is a passionate seeker of the depths of Buddhist wisdom, and travels regularly to learn more about Buddhism and spiritual cultures. By sharing his knowledge and life experiences on Buddhist News, Henry hopes to inspire others to embrace more spiritual and mindful ways of living.

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