Help to support Tibetan refugees in need:
Nuns in the Khachoe Ghakyil Ling nunnery
in Nepal

The nuns near the nunnery

In 2003 Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, at that moment abbot of the Kopan nunnery, asked the Tara Foundationing for help for the Kopan nunnery. There is an untenable situation created by the continuing flow of refugees from Tibet. The nunnery was built for 250 nuns, but there were already living 400 habitants. In wintertime also 100 nuns from the remote aerea of Tsum live here. many women, have risked their lives and left everything behind, make the dangerous flight over the Himalaya, to become nun here in freedom, in Tibet this is not longer possible.
The Kopan nunnery is therefore very populair for refugees (and also women from the wide region) bvecause the nuns here have the same possibillities as the monks. The nuns can also do here the education for Geshe. Before this was inpossible for nuns, and even nowadays it happens sporadic. In India and Nepal there are only 6 nunneries where this study is possible.
In may 2016 the first 2 nuns of the Kopan Nunnery completed their education. In october they will receive their Geshemea title (the female equivalent for Geshe , a doctor's degree in the Buddhistic philosofy) from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Next year 5 or 6 nuns hope to complete their study. An enormous development for the nuns and also a big opportunity to support this development by supporting the nunnery financial!

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Lama Lhundrup

Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup

The recently deceased Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, former abbot of the Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, asked Tara Foundation to help the Nunnery. 

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Life in the nunnery

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The first consulting hour of the female doctor in the nunnery

In may 2013 we started after close consultation with the nunnery a new healthproject with the goal: structural and durable healthcare and available medical support for the nuns.

To work in this way towards a structural improvement of the healthcare of the nuns! The nunnery itself is giving the highest priority to this project.
Parts of the project are:
1.-The appointment en payment of a Tibetan speaking female allopatic doctor. The salary of €2000 a year is payed by the Tara Foundation. The first consulting hour of the doctor was in may 2014 and was a big success! 2.-A fund, payed by the Tara Foundation, to educate two nuns to become teacher in health education and hygiene. This was needed urgently because the nuns knew not much about these subjects. The nuns have to go first for a year to a secundary schoolto get an official certificate.After that they have to study for two years to become a teacher. The costs of educate one nun is about €2000,- a year. After graduate they wi start teaching in their own nunnery. These lessons will become a fixed part of the studyprogram. Because there is at the moment enough money in this eductationfund, is in well consultation of the monastery decided that donations for this part of the healthcareproject starting august 2020 use it for another goal, wich is needed the most at the moment.

this new goal is a fund for individual support of seriously ill nuns.

More and more requests came from the monastery to sponsor seriously ill nuns individually, so apart from their medical treatment, wich is payed by the monastery (from general donations). Because it is not possible to arrange that support for all the nuns who need that support to find sponsors for them, and because there was money enough for the education-fund, is decided that the donations, formerly used for the educationfund now partly will be used for the new fund for seriously ill nuns. The monastery itself decides wich nuns will be in the running for this en for how long. Apart from this donations will be used for the equipment of the monastery-clinic.

Shortly we will publicate on this page photos and descriptions of the ill nuns, so the sponsors of the healthcareproject can see wich nunspartly by their donations are supported. We are very glad with this new fund and hope that many nuns who are ill can be helped by this! We ask for this your continuous support!

In general the main parts of the healthcare projects are now:

1-Payment of the salary of the female Tibetan doctor (€2000,- a year) From the other donations of the healthcareproject ((approximately €2000,- ) will go from now on to
2-The monastery-clinic: € 1000,-- (for new and replace equipment etcetera.)
3-Fund for the individual support of seriously ill nuns (This is the goal for the rest of the donations to the healthcareproject. At this moment this is approxiametely € 1000,- , when there are more donations to the healthcareproject this part will be bigger, this will be very much desired.)

The payment for the female doctor stays the same. Also the clinic was supported earlier, but not structural, like in the new plan.
All sponsors are already informed.
We hope for a continued support for the healthcareproject!

Our first health project for the nuns in 2011 about the massive Heliobacter Pylori contamination:

We are glad to tell you that our action about the Heliobacter Pylori contamination has been an enormous success! The students of the Kopan November course 2011 took over our project, After that there was enough money to examinate and treat all the nuns and even the monks of Kopan! With this we succesfully ended the project! For more information you can read the action-email of june 2011. But for the general healthcare for the nuns your help is still badly needed. Also for the even much bigger second healthcare project that started in 2013.

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New prayer hall and rooms

De nieuwe gompa van de Kopan Nunnery in opbouw

At this moment they are working on the construction of a new prayer hall with rooms, classrooms and a kitchen, but the nuns are in need of more money to be able to complete the job.

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Tara Temple

De nieuwe gompa van de Kopan Nunnery in opbouw
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the nuns of the Tara Temple

Also we ask for your attention for the Tara Temple. This section of the nunnery is situated in the holy place Sarnath in India. The building is given to the nunnery. DThe nuns do their Tara puja's 24 hours a day. The circumstances are very primitive and improvement of the situation is very urgently needed.

More information about the Tara Temple

Sponsor pujas and help the Tara Pure Land Nunnery and Educational Centre, Sarnath, India. A branch of Kopan’s Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery.

The Tara temple was created to provide a place for full time practice of the Mother Goddess Tara. It started out as a project of Valentino’s Universal Education school and in early 2010 Valentino offered the Tara Temple together with the property and service buildings to Kopan’s  Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery. 

The Tara Temple features statues of the 21 Taras. Fifteen  nuns live there and  twenty four hours a day the praises to the 21 Tara are recited, the nuns take turns one hour at a time. Every  morning the  Four Mandala offering to Cittamani Tara and the  White Tara Puja are performed.

During the day the nuns attend classes that include English and Hindi. The nuns stay for one year and are then replaced with other nuns from the nunnery. In this part of India it is very hot in the summer months and the nuns from Nepal are not used to this.  The accommodation is very simple; recently a new kitchen has been built to allow for hygienic food preparation. Other improvements are planned.

You can help the nuns to improve their living condition. Participate in the daily Tara praises by sponsoring recitation for one year. You can also request White Tara Puja to remove obstacles to your long and healthy life. Your personal dedication will be read every day during the pujas.

The cost of these pujas is 100 US$ per year.

You can also send your special request to the Tara temple directly.

Contact the manager: Ven Thupten Dekiy at

Tara beeld

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Kopan Nunnery Needs You

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Sponsor a nun

The Kopan nunnery needs help from outside for the daily needs, medical care and studies of the nuns. And of courseto give everybody a good place.A very good way to support the nuns is sponsoring a nun. Dit komt alle nonnen ten goede. The sponsoring amount oftenly is between € 15 and € 25. The minimum amount is € 15 a month. it also possible to choose for sponsoring the healthcare- project, in stead of sponsoring a nun. This is at the moment the most urgent and desirable for the nunnery.

A sponsoring is always at least € 15,-- a month (the best is € 25,-) and always at least for a year

Photos and biographies

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San San

Stupa for Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup

Finally we would like to offer the possibility to give a donation for building the stupa for Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup at the Kopan Nunnery.
This stupa will be built in front of the new prayer hall.
The aim is to create causes for the swift return in a new reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche and to fulfill all his wishes.
Contributing to building a stupa creates much positive energy for the donator.
Here you see a photo of a smaller stupa wich is build near the Kopan monastry and recently is initiated.


More information about the stupa

Dear friends and members of Kopan Monastery and devoties of Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup. I would like to inform all of you that we are going to build two memorial Stupa’s for our great humble hidden yogi Kyabje Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, who was always kind, with a smile and love and compassion for all of us.

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This Stupa will be at Kopan Nunnery. The stupa will be a Mahabodhi Stupa, a combination of the Bodhgaya Stupa and the Patan Stupa in Kathmandu.

This Mahabodhi Stupa will be 40 to 50 feet high and the location will be in front of the new Prayerhall of Kopan Nunnery. On the wall of the stupa will be put a few thousand Buddha statues around. Inside the stupa will be 3 big Buddha statues: Amitabha , Maitreya and Heruka. Inside the wall will be Heruka Tsa-tsa’s made from Khensur Rinpoche’s ashes. Whoever likes to contribute for the stupa project will create unbelievable merit and can rejoice, because they create the chance for many people to circumambulate the stupa day and night.

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