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Monks at Ogyen Samye Chökhor Ling nunnery in Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh, in India in November 2006.
Venerable Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Rinpoche and Venerable Khenchen Palden Sherab Rinpoche complete Orgyen
Samye Chökhor Ling Nunnery and it is
the first Buddhist nunnery at historic Deer Park in Sarnath. Its four acres of land are peppered with fruit trees and flowers, and is a short walk from the monastery. Opened in March 2003, it reflects the Venerable Khenpo’s commitment to provide equal educational opportunities for both women and men. At present, there is a two-story house, to which a new wing has almost been completed. This wing includes a shrine room, library, reading and study rooms, as well as better facilities for both the nuns and visitors.
The nunnery now houses 10 nuns, ranging in age from 14 through the mid-30s from Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim. The two senior nuns are from the same area as the Khenpos (in Tibet) and have both completed at least one traditional three-year retreat.
The education of the nuns is very similar to that of the monks. They first begin with the basics: reading, writing and learning the chants. They all receive a solid academic foundation including grammar, art and English, as well as philosophy and the principles of the Bodhisattva life directly from the Khenpo. But the nuns education also includes the extra component of extensive Chod practice, as they practice Chod every evening.
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