HISTORY OF THE NANGCHEN NUNS

Two hundred years ago, during a time when it was mostly men who had the privilege of leading a monastic life, an esteemed Buddhist teacher by the name of Tsoknyi Rinpoche 1, had a vision of equality for women.  He is quoted as giving the following instruction:

“Female practitioners are often not valued, and so they have a harder time finding proper guidance and instruction. Therefore, rather than keeping a congregation of monks, you should take care of nuns. That
is your mission”.  He believed that women could learn, could achieve and were as capable as men of attaining realization.

These nuns lived peacefully in these monasteries  for two hundred years, supported by their families who worked as  local farmers, then 60 years ago, the Chinese occupation of Tibet resulted in the death of 1.2 million Tibetans, the torture and imprisonment of thousands of civilians and monks, the burning of their temples and monasteries and the deployment of an anti-Dalai Lama campaign. There was the massive arrival of 6 - 7 million Chinese settlers and the exodus of some 140,000 Tibetan refugees.