For Tibetan Buddhism to flourish around the world, we need well trained teachers and practitioners coming from within our own local communities – both monastic and lay. This will bring a strength and depth to our practice that benefits us all. Your financial support is needed so we can enable nuns to live the Dharma lives they have made a heart commitment to.
Traditionally, when one joins a monastic community, the four basic requisites of food, clothing, dwelling and medicine are provided. With these basic needs met, a monastic can focus, whole heartedly, on their study and practice.
To date, this support is focused on traditional Himalayan communities.
The growth of monasticism beyond these communities is now in need of the same support and encouragement, so the Dharma can flourish wherever it has taken root in the world.
The four requisites of ordained Sangha
What does a female monastic need:
Simple food, Simple shelter, Simple clothing, Simple Medicine
A monastic should take a completely balanced stance towards these fundamentals.
Normally a monastic would not ask for something but wait for it to be offered.
Supporting ANHN is a great way to offer without being asked
When foreigners ordain, they leave home in renunciation and begin a new life. From then on it’s not comfortable to live with one’s family and it’s awkward wearing the red robes in public; people look down on monastics for not working usual jobs. Rather than obtaining simpler, conducive conditions for Dharma practice through ordaining, the environment itself becomes an adverse condition to their aspirations for full time practice and study.
I truly believe it is greatly beneficial for society to support the sangha in their special commitment to the Dharma, and I hope and pray that there will be increasing support for the foreign sangha in Tibetan Buddhism.- Wangdrak Rinpoche
Remember us in your will
Making a Will and keeping it up to date ensures that your wishes are known and prevents any unnecessary burden or confusion for loved ones at a time of bereavement. Leaving a charitable gift in your Will is a great way to continue to make a difference after your current lifetime.
ANHN depends entirely on donations, and any gift in your Will, large or small, will help to secure the continuation of spiritual practice of the monastic community.
There are many ways of leaving a bequest in a Will. In general, there are three types of gift. You can leave:
- a share of your estate (a residuary gift)
- a fixed amount of money (a pecuniary gift)
- a particular item (a specific gift)
Wills can be complex and the exact legal terminology required is different in different countries. Therefore we recommend that you seek professional advice or the assistance of a solicitor when preparing your will. You will need some specific information from ANHN, so please contact us to ensure that you have the correct details.
We do suggest that you do not describe the purposes in too limited or narrow wording; please consider whether it would be possible or easy for us to fulfil your wish. Popular purposes (and ones we can easily fulfil) are: for general purposes.
Most importantly, we request that you do not provide a direct gift of either money or property for your sponsored nun.
Thank you for considering supporting the Alliance of Non Himalayan Nuns with a bequest.