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Samtenling Nunnery - Contact

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Drikung Kagyu Samtenling Nunnery
Challen Gaon Road
P.O. Kulhan
Dehra Dun 248001

Phone: +91-135-2607789 / 135-2607147
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Samtenling Nunnery - Festivals and Holidays

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The nuns have summer holiday for two months. Many leave for cooler places and the ones staying at the Nunnery can study or engage in retreats. It is compulsory for the new nuns to take an initiation of Manjushri, the Buddha of Wisdom that is especially practiced by students. This retreat takes a week.

The nuns have a summer picnic. There are holidays for the Sonam Losar (Harvest New Year) generally celebrated in Ladakh as Ladakh New Year and the Tibetan New Year as well as holidays on special days set on the Drikung calendar.

The first day of the New Years are celebrated in the Temple at Jangchubling Monastery with His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche on the throne. Guru Yoga (Lama Chöpa) is recited, auspicious rice, tea, and barley soup is served. Following the ceremony everyone goes up to His Holiness and other senior Drikung Lamas to offer scarves and New Year wishes. They in turn bless the gathering.There is a tea party, games and a special lunch on both the New Years.

Samtenling Nunnery - Board of Administration

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  • Director
  • Disciplinarian Master
  • Chant Master Senior
  • Steward
  • Representative of the Monastery
  • Secretary/Accountant*
  • Advisor*

* Non voting members

The members of the Board of Administration of Drikung Kagyu Samtenling Nunnery meet at least twice a year. New members are nominated by the existing board members who have voting rights and former Directors and Disciplinarians of the nunnery. At the Board meetings important issues regarding the administration of the Nunnery, education, health and other needs of the Nunnery are discussed. If there are requirements to meet more often it is done. The Advisor of the Nunnery chairs the meeting. The Secretary/Accountant also joins the meetings but these two ladies do not vote.


Two nuns, Thupten Wangmo and Samten Dolma (nuns) are trained in First Aid. Should they need assistance there is a trained nurse at Jangchubling for consultations. More serious patients are taken care of by trained physicians. All medical cost is provided by the Drikung Kagyu Medical Fund.

Two nuns, Kunsang and Dolkar attended a yoga course and they in turn taught yoga to the nuns. Now the nuns are encouraged to do yoga for their health. Ms. Tashi Yangdol Tsarong is also teaching the nuns yoga twice a week. She is teaching them as a volunteer. This is not a compulsory course.

Samtenling Nunnery - Education

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At present the Nunnery is divided into Retreat, College and Monastery. Some of the older nuns as well as some of the new ones who find it difficult to study along the college curriculum get the chance to receive appropriate education in the monastery section.

The nuns in the Monastery attend the same Dharma classes as the nuns of the college, but they have separate classes for Tibetan, English, Mathematics and General Knowledge. They attend to special prayers on request from the outside community for their loved ones and friends, and later in the afternoon they join the other nuns as a group for the daily prayers.

The college nuns study at Samtenling, but they have the same subjects as the monks at Kagyu College. This year we have two nuns in class seven and one is also taking the revision classes. The monks and nuns meet once a month at the College to debate on Buddhist philosophy.

Each Sunday after the Dharma classes, the nuns attend our so-called Sunday Club, where they have one and half-hour classes of their choice. At present the Sunday Club offers classes for Computer, Hindi, Art, and Rituals. Late afternoon is spent cleaning around the Nunnery and Monday is a holiday.

Six graduate monks from the Kagyu College are teaching the nuns Buddha Dharma, Dialectics and Tibetan language. Khenpo Tsultrim Namdhak is headmaster for a period of two years. We have two Tibetan lady voluntary teachers Ms. N. Shakabpa and Ms. T.Y. Tsarong, both graduates from USA teaching English and General Knowledge.

We have thirteen nuns in the three years, three months and three days retreat led by Drupon Sonam Kunga.

Samtenling Nunnery - History

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Samtenling was first opened in 1992 as a retreat center. Soon after His Holiness Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang realized the need of building a nunnery as increasing numbers of nuns were fleeing from Tibet. The first nuns arrived at Jangchubling Monastery from Tibet in October1996. They moved to the present nunnery site by spring 1997. From July 1998 they began a common kitchen as they had been cooking in their own rooms and more nuns had joined by then.

A Chakrasamvara Temple was built in 1991, and is presently used as a common prayer room, also open for the public. In addition a Main Temple, classrooms, living quarters and a kitchen was built through the generous aid of sponsors, and His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche officially inaugurated the new buildings on 28th of February 2001. The main temple is used for daily prayers and special prayers on holy days.

Samtenling Nunnery

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Drikung Kagyu Samtenling Nunnery was founded by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche in 1992. The nunnery is a branch of Drikung Kagyu Institute and it functions as a educational center as well as a center to preserve and promote the traditional Drikung Kagyu nunnery system.

Samtenling Nunnery is located in the northern Part of Dehradun, close to Jangchubling Monastery, Songtsen Library, and Kagyu College.

The Birth of Buddha
Buddha's Renunciation
In Search of Truth
Turning the Wheel of Dharma
Buddha's Parinirvana
Buddha's Teachings

The Four Noble Truth
Dharma Practice

What is the Mind?
Loving Kindness and Compassion

What is Vajrayana?
Why Practice Vajrayana?
Authentic Vajrayana
Levels of Vajrayana
Attachment and Vajrayana
What to Meditate On
Sitting in Meditation
Preparing for Meditation
The Meditation Session
A Meditation Schedule

The Kagyu Lineage
Meaning of Hung Symbol
Meaning of Drikung
Life Story of Achi
The Three Protectors