Pundarika Foundation


Pundarika Foundation’s primary mission is to support the teaching activities and humanitarian work of Tsoknyi Rinpoche by keeping alive the wisdom of the Dharma, sustaining practitioners who preserve the teachings of the Buddha as a vital tradition, and helping people experience inner peace, to better face the challenges of modern life with compassion and sanity

An extraordinary aspect of Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s life and work is the spiritual and material support he provides for a large number of nuns in Tibet and in Nepal. Hundreds of nuns study and practice in his hermitages in Nepal, and in the Nangchen region of East Tibet around 2,000 nuns and 900 monks are under his care.

The Nangchen Nuns perform their spiritual practices in a group, teaching and helping each other all their lives. Many nuns do mingyur yoginithree-year, nine-year or even lifetime retreat.  Many of the nuns are also accomplished masters of difficult yogic practices such as tummo (the yoga of inner heat).  In a culture where female practitioners have struggled to gain respect, these nuns have risen to a high level of status, with many monks and lamas seeking their teachings and instruction.

In the summer of 2005, Tsoknyi Rinpoche led a group of western students, along with a photographer and video crew, to Nangchen to document the lives and needs of the Nangchen Nuns. Blessings is a feature-length documentary film that offers a rare glimpse into the lives and faith of these extraordinary women.

The Yogini Project has facilitated translation of this film into 7 languages.  Release has been delayed due to technical issues with the original film files.  Once the filmmakers resolve these, we will be able to move forward with the next phase of production and release.

The Yogini Project’s film “White Lotus” on Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s groundbreaking work empowering women in dharma in Nepal, an epilogue to the film “Blessings”

“Blessings: The Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns of Tibet”