About Jangchub Choeling

Jangchub Choeling Nunnery is a Tibetan Nunnery located in Mundgod, in southern India. It is located between two of the largest monasteries in India: Drepung and Gaden. Jangchub Choeling is one of the most recently built nunneries in India.


How Jangchub Choeling Nunnery Was Established
In the early 1980ís His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, whose vision includes the preservation of Tibetan culture and heritage, recommended the building of a nunnery which would foster philosophical education and training in Mundgod, India. His recommendation was delivered to the Representative Chairman in India, as well as the local Tibetan Womenís Association (TWA). They then requested Venerable Thupten Lhatso La to establish the nunnery.


In 1986 a small prayer hall was built with the help of the Tibetan Government in Exile. This prayer hall was used for schooling 18 young and eager nuns, who also used it for dharma practice in the evenings. The nuns were housed, two to a room, in a very dark and damp building, which had been bought from a local retirement home. Venerable Lhatso dedicated herself to the care and nurturing of the young nuns.


Ani Lhatso, the oldest among the first few nuns who formed Jangchub Choeling Nunnery in the early 1980's, passed away in April 2013. She was in her 80's. Our nuns recited prayers for her nonstop, around the clock, taking turns, class by class, for 3 consecutive days. Then her body was cremated in JC's back forest. Seven monks from Gyumey Tantric Monastery came to perform the fire puja during cremation.





The original dilapidated buildings were not conducive to proper living because of their extremely small, dark and insect-infested conditions. Fortunately the buildings have been properly renovated. BY WHOM? Since 1991, many new nuns have been arriving from Tibet, Nepal, the Himalayan Regions and other Tibetan settlements in India. The number is now up to 165. Jangchub Choeling has continued to flourish, with the help of Carola Roloff (Bikshuni Jampa Tsedron) of the Tibetan Center in Hamburg, and Mrs. Irmtraut Wager of the German Aid to Tibetans. The nunnery now includes offices, a larger prayer hall, a debate hall, a small shop and hotel, and a kitchen and hostels. There are a total of 82 dorm rooms, all of which are occupied.


The practice of Buddhist Philosophy is now thriving at Jangchub Choeling. Some of the nuns from Tibet are unable to read even Tibetan, as they have never had the opportunity to go to school or to practice dharma, due to so much restriction. Thus they eagerly come to join this nunnery, where the conditions for study are so much better than in Tibet.


In Tibet the Chinese occupation limits the freedom to practice religion. Most of the monasteries have been completely destroyed, and those which have been re-created are very small. Religious studies and ritual practice is controlled by the Chinese government. Because of this many nuns and monks are forced to flee from Tibet and live in India.





Nuns make history becoming the first Tibetan women to successfully pass all exams for the Geshema Degree - the equivalent to a Doctorate in Buddhist philosophy. READ MORE...



O holy and

Venerable Lama,

 from the clouds

of compassion

That form in

the skies of your

Dharmakaya Wisdom

Please release a rain

of vast and profound

Dharma precisely in

accordance with the

needs of those

to be trained.


First Nuns of

Jangchub Choeling


Today the Nunnery Has over 200 Nuns...



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