Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute, India

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Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute

Where Kangra Valley, near Dharamsala, India
Founder Tibetan Nuns Project
Lineage Nonsectarian

Phone: 91-1892-246419 / 91-1892-246715
Email: Lobsang Dechen / Dolma Tsering:


Dolma Ling Nunnery and Institute is a non-sectarian nunnery located in the Kangra valley near Dharamsala, northern India. The large campus is home to about 240 nuns.

Officially inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on December 8, 2005, the nunnery is fully funded by the Tibetan Nuns Project and was the first institute dedicated specifically to higher Buddhist education for Tibetan Buddhist nuns from all traditions.

Dolma Ling Nunnery is unique because it offers a 17-year curriculum of traditional Buddhist philosophy and debate, as well as modern courses in Tibetan language, English, basic mathematics, and computer skills. The nuns also receive training in the ritual arts such as sand mandalas and butter sculpture. The nunnery was successfully completed after 12 years of hard work. The nuns themselves helped to build the nunnery and work diligently to maintain it.

Tibetan Buddhist nuns at Dolma Ling NunneryCurrently, about 240 nuns are fully engaged in study, practice, nunnery work, and self-sufficiency projects such as tofu making and handicrafts. In May 2013, ten of the Dolma Ling nuns made history when they appeared for the first year Geshema exams.

Some nuns have completed their studies and are now teaching in Tibetan schools. In the future we will be seeing more nuns graduating and taking on the important role of teachers, both in the nunneries and throughout the Tibetan exile community.

Much has been accomplished over the years thanks to the wonderful support of our donors including the building of 8 retreat huts on the Dolma Ling grounds and the creation of a new covered debate courtyard where over 400 nuns from nunneries in India and Nepal hold the Jang Gonchoe debate event.

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