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Gebchak Gonpa in Tibet


In the remote mountain highlands of eastern Tibet, there exists a unique lineage of female spiritual practitioners at Gebchak Gonpa, a nunnery of more than 350 hundred nuns. Many great Buddhist masters praise Gebchak Gonpa as being unrivaled in the training of spiritual practitioners, upholding rigorous meditation and yoga practices. It is the subject of the chapter "The Nunnery of Yoginis" in Tulku Urgyen's memoirs, Blazing Splendor.

Each nun practices and sleeps in a meditation box of about three square feet—for her entire life. Many are revered for their accomplishments in profound tsa lung yogas and Dzogchen meditation, as well as excelling in the practice of tummo, which controls the inner psychophysical channels and vital energies. Above all else, it is their compassion, dedication, and wisdom that radiate. Seemingly few monasteries maintain such a level of practice and yet these nuns remain little known outside of Tibet.



Wangdrak Rinpoche, was formally recognized by His Holiness Sakya Trizin as the reincarnation of Gebchak nunnery's Wangdrak Dorje. Wangdrak Rinpoche was requested by Tsoknyi Rinpoche and the nuns to accept formal responsibility for the spiritual and material well-being of Gebchak's nuns. His care for these devoted women is a living example of true compassion. In 2014, Wangdrak Rinpoche, one of the four abbots of Gebchak Gonpa, and Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo held a joint talk at the University of Sydney on female lineages, of which Gebchak Gonpa is exemplary. That talk can be listened to here.


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Gebchak Gonpa's website is full of information including interviews with the nuns, and a blog with the latest news. Read about the Yushu orphan fund here. There are very inspiring video interviews with the Gebchak nuns online here and here.


For a complete list of donation options for our different nunnery projects, please go here.