Dutch Foundation for Ladakhi Nuns

to support tibetan-buddhist nuns in Ladakh, India




Since last autumn five girls are living in Nyerma they go to Lamdon school in Thiksey. Initially they were dressed up as other children but soon they decided in consultation with their parents that they would wear nuns clothes. The financial advantage is that they save on school uniforms.

I regularly discuss with abbess Dechen that they are children and need time to play. She agrees with me but on the view of how often and how long we have a difference of opinion. Because emphasis on homework and academic achievement is a criteria in many families in Ladakh I know it is not specific to this situation. The young nuns have their tasks such as fetching water from the pump and helping in the vegetable garden. That is no different from other children in Ladakh . However additionally from normal kids the young nuns pray half hour before eating in the prayer room. Plus three of the five need extra attention due to their health problems.

Maybe you remember that Myra and I had spoken early in June with Palmo on the participation of LNA nuns in the training in Auroville for maintenance of the 'Solar System ' .

We also mentioned that it was important that Chamba could participate. Mainly because she has a good technical mind and also we wanted to give her a chance to get away from all the usual tasks in Nyerma . This got us to the question of what to do with the care of the oldest nun Dolma Janskit ? She has dementia and has become more child like and was looked after by Chamba.


From July 3rd to 14th 2014 in Leh, Ladakh India:

During the first three days of the Kalachakra, from July 3 to 5, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with the monks of Namgyal Monastery and senior lamas, will conduct rituals which prepare and consecrate the venue. These include chanting of prayers, creation of the sand mandala and other rituals.


Internationally famous musician and humanitarian Ani Choying Drolma is touring trough Europe. She will perform her extraordinary interpretations of Buddhist chants and songs to the Dutch audience for the first time on 17th of November in a special location.

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