DGL Initiatives

In Appreciation

Dear Friends,

At this time of giving thanks, we wanted to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, our donors, for supporting our mission to provide for Tibetan Buddhist female monastic communities in the Himalayas and elsewhere. We would also like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the nunneries and projects supported by Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives


While the pandemic continues to ebb and flow, our nunneries have fortunately been able to operate normally, providing a safe harbor for the nuns. They have been able to perform frequent prayer offerings for the world in general and those afflicted by Covid in particular. In some cases, the pujas and prayers were performed in response to prayer requests made by donors like you, connecting the nuns to the widespread suffering of humanity at this time.

With the majority of our donors contributing modest amounts on a regular basis, we are also thankful to have received large donations from individuals and foundations throughout the year. We are extremely grateful for your support, whatever the amount. Below we share some of the past year’s highlights at each nunnery/project.


Message from Jetsunma


"We are all actually quite okay, because we all possess what is known as Buddha-nature. Now, Buddha-nature doesn’t mean a fat little Buddha image is sitting somewhere around our heart centre. It means that we are quite deluded in the way we currently see ourselves and who we think we are. Actually that Buddha-Nature is who we really are."

- Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

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Annual Nunnery Report


Dongyu Gatsal Ling (DGL) Nunnery

While the nunnery remained in lockdown mode, the nuns continued with their daily schedule of studies and rituals, and also completed a two-month silent retreat as usual during the rainy monsoon season. This time of social isolation has in fact served to further cultivate a harmonious community at DGL Nunnery. We are happy to announce that three of our senior nuns have recently entered a three-year retreat; we wish them all happiness and the accomplishment of their Dharma aspirations for the sake of all living beings. 


In October, the DGL Nunnery celebrated Lhabab Duchen with Dakini Dances and a costumed play on the 12 Deeds of the Buddha followed by a Shakyamuni puja and display of debating. We were delighted to offer the performances live-streamed thanks to the efforts of our staff and nuns; thousands of people viewed these performances. It was a wonderful way to reach out to all our friends and supporters!

For those of you who didn't see these events live, you can see a HD recording via this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb3ZkB4z8Yt0YEzDwHKoQa3nvjawfRqXR

For more information, see also latest DGL newsletter, Gatsal, and additional photos here.

Learn about DGL Nunnery

Alliance of Non-Himalayan Nuns (ANHN)

The organization has had modest requests for help during this period of pandemic lockdown from those it supports, i.e., women ordained as Tibetan Buddhist nuns outside of traditional Tibetan Buddhist regions. In most cases, only online courses are being held. It is the hope that nuns can make more use of this resource in the future.

Learn about ANHN

Laphag Nunnery in Tibet

The interior of the new temple has been completed with the placement of statues of the Buddha. The nuns are very happy to be performing pujas and practice there. They also acquired new robes in the past year.

Photos here

Learn about Laphag Nunnery

Tayul Gonpa

Daily activities are often challenging for these elderly nuns— a number are in their 80’s. However, they continue to lead joyful active lives, enjoying activities like growing potatoes and putting up prayer flags. It can be difficult for them to get necessary supplies in the cold snowy winters.

Photos here

Learn about Tayul Gonpa

Gebchak Gonpa in Tibet

Against the backdrop of large-scale change — the Nangchen region has witnessed a turbulent passage into modernity with rapid economic growth — the nuns remain strongly committed to their full-time Vajrayana practice. They are focused on the transformative power of drubchens (extended group sadhana ceremonies) and other meditations. With the support of a generous Tides Foundation grant, a 3-year retreat centre was built at Dongtsang Ritro.

Photos here

Learn about Gebchak Gonpa

During this period of pandemic disruption across the globe, we are very pleased to share that the nuns supported by Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives are flourishing and have been able to continue their dharma activities. We hope that you and your loved ones, as well as the broader Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives community enjoy a safe and happy Thanksgiving. We are very grateful for your support. Thank you!

With heartfelt gratitude,

Caterina, Chrysanne, May Ling, Lindsay, Linda and Lillia

DGL Initiatives Board of Directors


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