Exams for Geshema candidates continue this summer

In December 2016, twenty Tibetan Buddhist nuns were awarded their geshe degrees, the equivalent to a PhD in Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. The Dalai Lama presented the degrees at a joyful, groundbreaking ceremony at Drepung Monastery.

In the past, this high-level degree was reserved only for monks. This qualification opens up new roles in teaching for Tibetan Buddhist nuns. The degree requires seventeen years studying the Five Great Canonical Texts (Shung Chen Kapo Nga) and an additional four-year course of demanding oral and written exams.

In November 2017, six more Tibetan Buddhist nuns became geshemas. This summer beginning in mid-August, forty-six nuns in total will be taking part in the exam process. Ten are completing their final year of exams.

These nuns are truly breaking new ground! 


Send a message of support to the Geshema candidates and learn more at the Tibetan Nuns Project.

Read our post on the original graduation ceremony!

Image: Tibetan Nuns Project