After at least 17 years of study and 4 years of tough exams it is now official. All 20 Tibetan nuns who took their fourth and final round of exams in May have received the long-awaited news that they successfully passed. They will now be the first Tibetan women to attain the Geshema degree – a degree that was, until recently, only open to men and that is equivalent to a Doctorate in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy.
It’s a cause for great celebration and a dream come true for the nuns and also for the founders of the Tibetan Nuns Project. Thank you to our global family of supporters for your role in this historical achievement.
“Their success fulfills a longstanding wish of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and marks a new chapter in the development of education for ordained Buddhist women and is a major accomplishment for Tibetan women.”
~ Tibetan Nuns Project
The date and location for the first-ever Geshema graduation ceremony has been changed to December 22nd at Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, South India.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama made the change of venue and timing in order to hold the ceremony at one of the largest monasteries in South India. The successful Tibetan Geshema graduates will receive their degrees personally from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at an event to coincide with Drepung Monastery’s 600th anniversary celebration.
“Educating women is powerful,” says Rinchen Khando Choegyal, Founder and Director of the Tibetan Nuns Project. “It’s not just about books. It is also about helping nuns acquire the skills they need to run their own institutions and create models for future success and expansion. It’s about enabling the nuns to be teachers in their own right and to take on leadership roles at a critical time in our nation’s history.”
*Source: Tibetan Nuns Project
Photo: Justin Whitaker