Thrangu Tara Abbey is a monastery established for Buddhist nuns in Swayambunath outside Kathmandu. In 1991, 17 nuns arrived from the province of Manang in Nepal near the Tibetan border. The head nuns, Ani Tsomo and Ani Karma Drolma, are the sisters of one of Rinpoche’s main lamas, Lama Aju.
Girls in Nepal face great hardship. They work on the farm looking after siblings and livestock, are often married young, are denied education, and are at risk of being trafficked into prostitution.
Rinpoche had long held the intention to establish a
SEVEN women graduated in 2012 with degrees in higher Buddhist studies. FOUR received the degree of
In 2016, eight nuns completed the Three-Year Retreat at the simple centre Sher Gonpa in Manang area, a day's drive west of Kathmandu. The women sit for 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days, never lying down to sleep, reciting prayers and meditating. MORE
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