The Social and Resource Development Fund (SARD) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) at Dharamsala organized a workshop for the empowerment of nuns. Ms. Tenzin Tseyang, a post graduate in English was the co-coordinator of this project.
From 12th to 22nd March 2014, workshops took place at the Sakya Nunnery at the Tibetan Dekiling Settlement, Sakya nun’s college in Manduwalla, Dist. Dehra Dun, Bon Nunnery at Dolanji, Dist. Solan and at Drikung Kagyu Samtenling Nunnery at Dehra Dun.
The respective Welfare Officers welcomed and thanked the CTA for holding such a workshop in their regions and thanked the resource persons for making a contribution. Khenpo Kunchok Rangdol from Drikung Kagyu, who is also the Principal of Kagyu College, Dehra Dun and Ms. Namgyal Taklha, Advisor of DK Samtenling Nunnery were the resource persons beside Ms. Tseyang.
Khenpo Rangdol spoke on the importance of the Geshema or the Khenmo degrees as well as on the empowerment of nuns. The Sakya School has Ramjampa degree, equivalent to the Geshema and no nuns have yet received the Ramjamma degree. The Drikungpas will receive the Khenmo degree. The Bon nuns will receive the Geshema after their studies. It was good to see a nun Principal at the Sakya College. Namgyal Taklha spoke on the empowerment of nuns. She mentioned the importance of education, motivation and the determination to be empowered and to be of service to their communities and to the world. Her second talk was on Buddhism and Environmental Conservation and Global Warming. She talked about what nuns can do to think globally and act locally.
All the nuns at the workshops were very enthusiastic and they requested for more such workshops. Ms. Tseyang also showed them some yoga exercises and she now moves to Bir where Jetsuma Tenzin Palmo from Drukpa Gatsal Ling nunnery and nun Lobsang Dechen from Dolma Ling will be the resource persons.
Drikung Kagyu Samtenling Nunnery of Dehra Dun is happy to announce that they will be affiliated to the Drikung Vajra Yogini Nunnery at Bristol, Vermont in USA. Ani Khenmo Drolma established the Nunnery with the blessings of H. Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche. Since the inception of the Nunnery in Bristol they have been sending donations to Samtenling and they will continue to do so in the future.
Ani Yeshi Dolma, a senior nun from DK Samtenling will visit Vajra Yogini Nunnery this summer for two months to assist Khenmo Drolma and to practice English and gain new experience. We look forward to this exchange.