Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery
The Nunnery started in January 2000 in a small room at Tashi Jong with a group of girls from Ladakh. For the first eighteen months the nuns lived in Khampagar Monastery’s newly built monastic college at Tashi Jong which previously had lain empty. Later when Khampagar Monastery needed to establish their own college, the nuns moved to Shanti Niwas (meaning Peaceful Abode), a hundred-year old mud brick house on a nearby tea estate where they remained for some time. Meanwhile the Dongyu Gatsal Ling Trust (established in India in mid-1999) purchased seven acres of suitable land from the Tashi Jong Community and construction of the Nunnery began, beginning with the Nun’s dormitories.In late 2005 the nuns were able to move to their newly completed living quarters at the permanent Nunnery location while the construction continued around them.
The emphasis of DGL Nunnery is to:
· Provide a programme of study, meditation and service.
· Train nuns in integrating their daily life and work with Dharma principles.
· Encourage a life based on monastic vows and communal harmony and eventually to reintroduce the bhikshuni (higher monastic) ordination.
· Prepare some of the nuns who undertake higher philosophical studies to become teachers or professors.
· Re-establish the precious Togdenma (yogini) tradition of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage and train some nuns as teachers in meditation.