Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives, Inc.

The Endowment Fund for Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery

By Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo

The Endowment Fund
The Endowment Fund for Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery will ensure the integrity and strength of the institution, so that future generations of young women can find their voices and fulfill their promise…to the lineage, to women, and to the world.

Tibetan Buddhism, like most religious institutions, is predominantly a male voice. Women also have a voice, a distinctly female voice. And to get balance in the dharma, that voice needs to be heard.

Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery has been built through the generosity of many people who believe that young women have a very important role to play in the Buddhadharma.

What we’re trying to do is develop nuns who are well-rounded, who are not just scholars, not just practitioners, but learned practitioners. They study Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan grammar, and the English language.

It’s very helpful if our nuns can relate to people in English. It gives them confidence to be able to speak, to be able to write, and to communicate with the rest of the world.

Looking Ahead
Some of our nuns will go back to their regions, where villagers, particularly the women, can approach them with their questions and problems. Some will become teachers who will train future generations of nuns. And some will become highly realized practitioners, yoginis who revive an ancient and very precious tradition that was very nearly lost.

I have assured them that we will raise an endowment fund to make sure the nunnery is protected – that there is basic security for food, medical expenses, and maintenance of the buildings, so that nuns today and in the future won’t have to live continually on the edge, worrying about how to support themselves.

Well-trained nuns will have an increasingly important role to play in upholding the sacred Dharma, and we are committed to helping this come about.

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DGL Endowment Fund
Attention: DGLI Directors - Chrysanne & Caterina
Advisors: Linda Nockler and Evan Zazula
+1 (917) 267-7975