Sakya Nunnery, the only Sakya Nunnery outside Tibet, is situated near Dehradun, a few kilometers from the
Some of the nuns come from
In 1993 a small group of nuns arrived from
Initially, the Nunnery functioned under the auspices of the Sakya Centre who managed and met all the expenses. Now the Nunnery is registered as a non-profit Society and its managed independently while relying on donations and sponsorships. It is the only Sakya Nunnery in exile and provides a welcoming and nurturing environment in which the nuns can study and practice core Buddhist teachings.
The Daily Life of the Nuns
Pujas and rituals are attended daily by the nuns in order to pray for all sentient beings and dispel obstacles. Special pujas are also done for donors and friends. Senior nuns oversee the Reception Room and also assist in the office. All kitchen activities are done by the nuns on a four day rotating roster. The nuns themselves look after general cleaning and maintenance, store keeping and purchases.
The nuns follow a curriculum including primary and secondary level education. There are five teachers who teach the following subjects: Buddhist scriptures, Tibetan, Hindi, English, and Mathematics. Classes are held for six and half days a week with two exams per year for each subject. There is a 45 day annual holiday in May-June.
Green Tara Puja and Special Prayer Requests
Each year the nuns perform over 100,000 Green Tara pujas, normally commencing after Losar or Tibetan New Year, to overcome obstacles and create favorable conditions for achieving one’s wishes. As per wishes or needs, the Nuns can also perform pujas or sutras for the sick, deceased, new ventures or any other requests.
Temple and Shrine Room
Presently the Nunnery is functioning without a proper temple and shrine hall. The space allocated for a dining hall is temporarily being used as a shrine room. The nuns eat outside on the grounds, which can be cold in the winter and hot in the summers. There is a great need for a proper shrine hall which will be exclusively used for prayers and practices. The proposed temple will have three floors and will be built in the traditional style.
For More Information and To Help
Please visit the Nunnery's website to find out more about the current needs and plans for the community of nuns and how you can help: http://sakyanunnery.org. Additional information is also available at: http://sg.geocities.com/sakyani_nuns/index.html