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Thrangu Tara Abbey Nunnery

Swayambunath, Nepal

About Thrangu Tara Abbey

Thrangu Tara Abbey is a nunnery established for Buddhist nuns by Thrangu Rinpoche. It is located in Swayambunath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Swayambu is a special spiritual place named after the famous Swayambu Stupa. Many monasteries, temples and a large community of Tibetans are nearby.

In 1991, the first group of 17 nuns arrived from the province of Manang, Nepal, near the Tibetan border. In 1992 the land in Swayambu was purchased, and slowly the nunnery was built. The temple consecration took place in December 2008.


Thrangu Rinpoche had long held the intention to establish a monastic centre for women to make available to them the full range of monastic, liturgical, philosophical and meditation training already accessible to monks. With this training, they will be able to teach both in the east and the west, thereby helping to preserve and propagate the Buddha’s teachings. In a world where women are becoming stronger, more educated and more involved in all spheres, including religion, the development of female teachers is important. As the nuns increasingly become both scholars and yoginis, they will be a source of inspiration to both women and men.

Most of the more than 200 nuns come from the northern areas of Nepal, but many also come from Tibet, India and Bhutan. Sometimes nuns from other Asian countries and the west stay at the Abbey as well.


The Need

Ongoing sponsorship is needed so that the nuns at Thrangu Tara Abbey can receive traditional monastic education and training. Annual expenses include: room and board, educational expenses, medical and dental care, and clothes). Please see Student Sponsorship Options & Rates and Contact Us directly to get matched up with a nun.

A Brighter Future for Himalayan Nuns
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