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Drikung Nuns Leadership Program

$1,213 of $12,000 goal

Raised by 22 people in 5 months
Created July 15, 2018

Empower Himalayan Tibetan nuns with 21st Century skills: Campaign for Acharya Ani Yeshe

The Drikung Samtenling Acharya Nuns Leadership Program provides fellowships to Tibetan Nuns in India for a year long  residency the US  to acquire education and skills for the development of Drikung Samtenling Nunnery and its 90 nuns.  Each fellow will design a project based on her areas of interest and the current and future needs of the nuns of Samtenling. A team of experts will create training modules for her to reach her goals, which she will implement upon her return to India.
 
The overarching goal of the program is to empower nuns at Samteling and other monasteries in India. Like their brothers, the monks who serve internationally, they are essential as future leaders in the Drikung Kagyu lineage. 
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Acharya Ani Yeshe (Right) with Khenmo Drolma, Abbess of Vajra Dakini Nunnery

As the first Fellow in the Acharya Nuns Leadership program
beginning in August 2018, Ani Yeshe, a graduate of the Samtenling 12 year philosophy program, will spend  6 months at Vajra Dakini Nunnery (an affiliate of Samtenling Nunnery) in Portland, Maine. There she will be immersed in English language education, assist in Dharma classes and interfaith activities and visit other nunneries as she refines her individual Fellowship project. Her goals include teaching Tibetan grammar, translation and spreading the Dharma.

Following the Vajra Dakini residency, she will attend month long training modules which will include: web and graphic computer skills, women’s health care education skills, translation skills, and childhood educational skills. Individual experts and our centers in various cities will coordinate these modules during her visit. Acharya Ani Yeshe  then returns to the nunnery in India with expanded skills to share with her community as they take their seat as Dharma leaders. 

Funds are needed in August 2018 to support Acharya Ani Yeshe's housing, travel, and educational expenses, as well as the visa application of next year’s Fellow.   You will be able to follow her Fellowship activities on Vajra Dakini's facebook page!

Thank you for your interest and support of Ani Yeshe to attend the leadership program.  This program would not be possible without your kind and generous support. We are very grateful!

For more information on the leadership program
, please visit our website @  http://vajradakininunnery.org/bbb/
History of the  Drikung Nuns  http://vajradakininunnery.org/empowerment-of-tibetan-and-himalayan-buddhist-nuns/ 

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A visit to Aloka Vihara, a Theravadin Monastery run by 2 Bhikkunis.
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The begging bowl tradition
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Here Acharya is eating using the traditional begging bowl
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And I will be posting news and photos regularly on facebook (Vajra Dakini Nunnery) and our website www.vajradakininunnery.org
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