The Alliance of Non-Himalayan Nuns (ANHR)

“Our aim is to raise awareness and give support to these nuns, in accord with the support given to their Himalayan dharma sisters, so they may swiftly become exemplary models of the monastic life well lived and thus bring greatest benefit to their local communities across the world.”

The Alliance of Non-Himalayan Nuns, founded in 2014, supports “women ordained as Tibetan Buddhist nuns from outside traditional Tibetan Buddhist regions” such as East Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Americas.

As Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo explains, though there are hundreds of nuns from many regions of the world outside of the Himalayas who have chosen a Tibetan Buddhist path, often they do not receive the necessary guidance, encouragement, and financial support needed to flourish. ANHN hopes to address these disparities, and provide connection and support so that non-Himalayan nuns can devote themselves more deeply to study and practice.

The ANHR website is a beautiful resource that includes advice on ordination and monastic life, as well as a list of communities for nuns.

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo on the Alliance of non-Himalayan Nuns: