RUSSIA TEACHING TOUR – Tsunma Tenzin Dasel and Tsunma Tenzin Yanki
Thank you to ANHN for sponsoring support for this Dharma teaching tour to 3 cities in Russia in December 2017-Januray 2018. Two nuns, an American and Russian, were able to visit remote regions of the Ural Mountain range to hold Dharma talks and meditation retreat weekends in Ekaterinburg, Nizhniy Tagil and Chelyabinsk. We were able to give talks and guide retreats for more than 100 people over the course of a month. Funding from ANHN covered transportation and VISA costs, without which this tour would not have been possible. The Russian people were extremely grateful for our visit, and we wish to express gratitude to ANHN for making this all happen.
ANHN Grant Testimonial – Tsunma Tenzin Lhadzom
I am extremely grateful to the Alliance for offering me a grant which funded my trip back to the US for my Indian student visa. As I was required to apply for my new visa from my home country, I had no other choice than to make the trip which was financially outside of what I could afford at that time. Thanks to the Alliance, I was able to successfully obtain my new visa which enabled me to continue my Tibetan language courses at the Tibetan Library of Works and Archives in Dharamsala. These studies will serve as the foundation of my future Buddhist philosophy and monastic studies here in Dharamsala and will enable me to follow through on the advice I received from my Lama for my Dharma practice.
From my heart, THANK YOU to the Alliance for believing in us non-Himalayan nuns! Knowing that ANHN is here for us gives us a sense of safety, support and community that otherwise wouldn’t exist.
Retreats – Tsunma Drolma
“The Alliance of Non-Himalayan Nuns has supported me to do two different retreats for which I am immensely grateful. Two years ago I was awarded money to attend a retreat at Sravasti Abbey in the US in order to learn about the Vinaya(monastic code of conduct). Then this year, ANHN helped me to be able to go a retreat with Mingyur Rinpoche in South Korea. Each one of these retreats gave me great inspiration to continue my commitment to staying a nun and devote my life to the Dharma.
As a non-Himalayan nun, it is often difficult to get financial and emotional support for a monastic vocation anywhere in the world. I am on my own in supporting myself, let alone being able to attend teachings or retreat spaces. Sometimes householders think they are the only ones who are concerned with financial and lifestyle questions. From my point of view Western monastics are just as challenged with these issues. In Asian societies, an ordained lifestyle has a built in support system which does not exist for myself and other monastics who are not from there.
By being aware of this and choosing to participate in solving our unique problems, I can’t say enough about how grateful I am for the support of the Alliance of Non-Himalayan Nuns. They are truly a gift to the spread and presence of Dharma in the world.”