Thrangu Tara Abbey

 Thrangu Tara Abbey                                                                
G. P.O Box- 1287, Sitapaila, Kathmandu, Nepal   
Coordinator: Ani Palsang Lhamo
E-mail: palsang_173@hotmail.com
 

Background: Thrangu Tara Abbey is a Kagyu monastery in Nepal that was established for Buddhist nuns by Thrangu Rinpoche. It is located in Swayambunath, near the famous Swayambu Stupa on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

In 1991, the first group of 17 nuns arrived from the province of Manang in Nepal near the Tibetan border. The head nuns, Ani Tsomo and Ani Karma Drolma are the sisters of one of Thrangu Rinpoche’s main lama, Lama Aju. Their ancestors were founders and keepers of the Buddhist tradition in Manang since ancient times. In 1992, the land in Swayambu was purchased for the nunnery and construction commenced. The temple now consists of a large shrineroom, library, a Nunye shrineroom, Tara shrineroom, a small suite for Thrangu Rinpoche and some housing for special guests plus the nuns’ dining room on the ground floor. The nuns have a playground with a court for basketball, volleyball and badminton.

Thrangu Rinpoche created this monastery so that the full range of monastic, liturgical, philosophical and meditation training is made equally available to Tibetan Buddhist nuns. With the full range of training available to them, they will be able to teach both in the east and the west thereby helping to preserve and propagate the Buddha’s teachings. In a world where women are becoming stronger, more educated and more involved in all spheres including religion, the development of female teachers is important. As the nuns increasingly become both scholars and yogis they will be a source of inspiration to both women and men.

Tara Abbey now has more than 230 nuns. Most of the nuns come from the northern areas of Nepal but there are also many from Tibet, India and Bhutan. Sometimes nuns from Asian countries and the west come to stay at the Abbey. There is a long waiting list of girls and women wishing to enter the Abbey. It is hoped that Thrangu Tara Abbey will be a source and inspiration for all women who wish to lead a religious life and not only for woman from the Himalayan regions and India but also for women from other parts of Asia and from the west. Due to having a shedra with nun khenpos as teachers  directed by Thrangu Rinpoche, the Abbey will become an important center for nuns who study Buddhist philosophy, ritual and prayer.

 

Environmental Goals:

Following the First Meeting of Environment Conservation in Varanasi, in accordance with H.H The Karmapa’s wishes, we formed the goal to put more effort to improve environment, and this precious human life is not doing mere lip service for the welfare of other beings, but practically benefiting all living things following the immeasurable grace of His Holiness’s compassionate mind. The method is through knowing and following Buddhism and science. We pray for the world’s improvement. That is our prime goal.

We have set up a recycling program and waste segregation for our kitchens. We are also now making our own cloth bags so that our nuns dont use plastic bags when shopping.

We are also better managing water and are setting up a water harvesting activity.

 

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