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Tibetan Nuns Project

Tibetan Nuns Project (TNP) was founded in 1987 to provide education and humanitarian aid to refugee nuns from Tibet and the Himalayan regions of India. Tibetan Nuns Project began when a group of 66 nuns appeared in Dharamsala, India. The 66 women had walked across the Himalayas from eastern Tibet to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's newly adopted homeland in northern India. They knew no one and were exhausted and ill. They wearily camped out in downtown Dharmsala, hope their long journey was near the end.

The Tibetan community immediately responded: Tibetan Women's Association organized emergency assistance to provide their basic needs and the Tibetan Nuns Project was born. Working with the Tibetan Women's Association and the Tibetan Government in Exile Department of Religion and Culture of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, TNP sought to finding a long-term solution to the problem of how to secure housing, medical care and most importantly, education for refugee nuns. A sponsorship program was created that continues to generate worldwide support.

Today, TNP sponsors over 650 nuns. TNP has established two nunneries [Shugsep and Dolma Ling] and provides sponsorship support for the nuns of Geden Choeling and Tilokpur in Dharmasala. Other building and housing projects include Sherab Choeling Nunnery in LaHaul-Spiti. More room is always need for newly arrived nuns seeking aid and asylum.


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    Tibetan Buddhist Lucky Signs Prayer Flags

    This unusual set of prayer flags contains a variety of important symbols in Tibetan Buddhism. These include the Endless Knot, representing the interrelatedness of all things; the Double Dorje or Diamond Scepter, symbolizing the indestructible and compassionate nature of Buddha's teachings; the Buddha or awakened one, who introduced the Dharma or Buddhist teachings into this world; and the Healing Mantra, a matrix of Tibetan symbols that make up a healing mantra or sacred prayer. Hanging flags are believed to constantly be sending their prayers to the universe. To dispose of old flags with respect, please burn them.

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    $17.49

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    Tibetan Buddhist Windhorse Small Prayer Flags

    Common to many Tibetan prayer flags is the lungta or windhorse, the mythical animal who carries all intentional prayers to the universe. The hanging of prayer flags is thought to dispel danger and to bring good fortune. Our Prayer Flags are printed from hand carved woodblocks in the traditional manner. The five flag colors represent the five elements: Blue (earth), White (water), Red (fire), Saffron (infinite space), and Green (cosmic winds). Enjoy the slow fading of color as they hang in the elements. To dispose of old flags with respect, please burn them. Set of five.

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    $14.79

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    Wrist Mala - Bodhi Seed with Drawsting Bag

    Because it is made with seeds from the Buddha wisdom tree, a bodhi seed mala is considered auspicious to use for all practices. This wrist size mala is seasoned with a natural oil for an antique appearance and features a turquoise bead to help keep your place in the rhythmic recitations of mantra prayers. It is strung with a stretch elastic. Hand strung in Kathmandu. Comes in a beautiful cloth bag. Learn More
    $16.00

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    Wrist Mala - Crystal with Drawsting Bag

    This unique crystal mala is lovingly hand made by Tibetan nuns living in exile in North India. A carnelian 'marker bead' is added to create a unique decorative finish. Please note the tassel is white as opposed to the orange shown in the picture. Comes in a beautiful cloth bag.
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    $33.00

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    Wrist Mala - Dzi Bead with Drawsting Bag

    Tibetan rosaries (malas) are traditionally used for a special Buddhist practice. The bead size typically ranges from 7 to 9 mm diameter. Featuring dzi (pronounced zee) beads, the brown and white "Buddha-eye" have a characteristic design of white lines produced by a resist or etching process or sometimes, by the mix of two materials used in their formation. The meaning of the word dzi is shine, brightness, cleanness, splendor. People used to say that they are the petrified bodies of heavenly insects. Hand-strung in Dharamasala on a durable nylon coated wire. Comes in a beautiful cloth bag. Learn More
    $17.25

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    Wrist Mala - Faux Turquoise with Drawsting Bag

    This mala is made of a reconsituted turquoise. The single crystal 'marker bead' is added to create a unique decorative finish. It is strung with a stretch elastic. Hand strung in Kathmandu. Comes in a beautiful cloth bag.

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    $16.00

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    Wrist Mala - Lotus Seed with Drawsting Bag

    Tibetan rosaries (malas) are traditionally used for a special Buddhist practice. The bead size typically ranges from 7 to 9 mm diameter. Hand-strung in Dharamsala on a durable nylon coated wire. Comes in a beautiful cloth bag. Learn More
    $19.75

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    Wrist Mala - Rosewood with Drawsting Bag

    The gentle touch of rosewood is popular for the warmth it can bring to any spiritual practice. Carefully made in Dharamsala with a durable coated nylon wire, this mala was made to be a partner in a lifetime on the path. Comes in a beautiful cloth bag. Learn More
    $17.25

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