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The Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, which means Land of Bliss Nunnery, is a member of the FPMT, Foundation of Preservation of Mahayana Tradition. Currently undergoing construction, the Kopan Nunnery will be the Largest Tibetan nunnery in the World – able to house a thousand nuns. The aim is to create a place of study and practice for nuns - a supportive and stable environment for women who wish to pursue a spiritual life.
The nunnery is part of Kopan monastery and they are located 10 minutes apart from each other. Kopan Nunnery was established 28 years ago under the spiritual guidance of the Founders of Kopan Monastery. The Nunnery has grown rapidly as there are only a few nunneries in Nepal and India and those have long waiting lists. Despite having been closed for admission in the past 2 years, the Nunnery continued to admit at least 30 nuns each year out of great compassion.
At Kopan Nunnery, 50% of the nuns are orphaned, 25% come from homes with single parents while the rest from impoverished families in Tibet and the neighboring Himalayan region. There are limited education & monastic opportunities for women in the Himalayan region with most women working in the fields or as servants.
Kopan Nunnery offers full scholarship to each and every nun - providing accommodation, food, healthcare, modern day education such as English, Science, Mathematics as well as Buddhist philosophy taught by qualified Buddhist masters. Many of the nuns go on to become Doctorates in Buddhism and inspirational Spiritual teachers. Clearly, this is a favored path for these girls who had very little or no opportunities to begin with.