Supporting nuns who come from areas outside the traditional Tibetan/Himalayan cultures associated with Vajrayana Buddhism (non-Himalayan nuns) is an investment in the future of the Dharma in the West. It helps to create the causes and conditions for great non-Himalayan teachers, like Jetsunma, to arise, as well as numerous skilled practitioners.
Nuns play a uniquely important role in the continued practice of authentic Vajrayana Buddha Dharma, especially at this time when it is often transmitted in non-traditional venues. The Alliance of Non-Himalayan Nuns (ANHN) aims to support these nuns in their journey to be of ultimate benefit to all sentient beings.
In the traditional Himalayan communities, lay people typically support monastics. Those ordained outside of these communities often face daunting circumstances and struggle to remain in robes and hold true to their vows. It is estimated as many as 75% of these monastics are forced to give back their vows and robes in the face of these challenges.