Welcome to the Ladakh Nuns Association

The Ladakh Nuns Association (LNA) was founded in 1996 by Dr. Tsering Palmo to revive and rejuvenate the tradition of nuns in Ladakh. Dr Palmo realized that unless nunneries were built and opportunities for education were created only a few young women would be ordained. LNA aims to raise the education level of the nuns and to give them a way to study and practice the Dharma. LNA also wishes to reach out to lay women to provide spiritual education and guidance on the path.

"Ladakhi society needs educated nuns who are steeped in the religious life and whose communities are places of prayer and refuge. Ordained women contribute greatly to the preservation of spiritual life and to the highest values of society. A renewed order of nuns supported and educated by the Ladakhi people and institutions can contribute enormously in this materialistic world in an era of rapid change." Ven Dr Tsering Palmo    More > >

Newsletter 2017


This year has indeed been a very rewarding one for LNA and all the nuns of ladakh as our Director Dr.Palmo was felicitated with the prestigious FACE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN LEADERSHIP AWARD 2017 at Delhi on the 8th of December. She is one of the 17 winners amongst 324 nominees. Its extremely proud moment and a great recognition to the noble, untiring  effort that Dr.T.Palmo has been putting for the welfare well being and dignity of the women and nuns of ladakh. This Award motivates the entire team of LNA to work towards Dr.Palmo vision and dreams to empower women of ladakh and provide for them to lead live of dignity.
Women Empowerment program:

We organized a three weeks mind training camp for our Community. It’s important in this area to find a better solution to live in peace and harmony.  More than seventy women/nuns and twenty men got the opportunity to participate. Ven Geshe Thubten Zotpa helped us to give teachings for the nuns on Buddhist Philosophy and shared his knowledge to understand the practices in a more practical manner.

Traditional Medical Training:  Under the sponsorship of Dr.Corniela Meliberin and her friends from Germany, in the Health Training Projects that completed this Sept, six of our nuns were very fortunate to have completed their two years of theoretical training on natural cure. They passed in flying colors. We are indeed indebted to the Rotary Club Singen ( Hohentwiel) and Rotary Club A 81 (Bodensee Engen) District 1930, Germany for their support. This training was conducted under the guidance of Dr. Karma Rapsal and Dr.Palmo.

Treatment and Consultation:

For about three weeks they worked with differently  disable patients within the Nunnery. One patient, 29 years old, from a poor family was brought for treatment in September. He had a bad car accident four year back and his legs were totally paralyzed. The new team with the senior Amchi started treatment with medicines, as well as water therapy and acupuncture. The patient showed 30% recovery. We are working very hard to provide the best treatment for all the patients visiting our clinic.

 

Cultivation of Herbs:

Techniques of cultivating herbs and their preservation are very important to be learnt. So we rented a piece of land at the Leh Gompa village. The new Amchi team, students and staff collected plants from the high mountains and cultivated the same in the rented piece of land. It was a lot of effort but very fruitful and satisfying. Side by side we also grew organic vegetables.

Public events; (Retreat):

More than eighty women got the wonderful opportunity to attend meditation course with the nuns in the month of May. Dr.Palmo and two nuns took the responsibility to lead the course. It empowered the participants with the power to share and help cultivate peace within themselves as well as to face the social challenges in life in a balanced manner. The 3rd Survey of Nunneries: A team from LNA went on a two day survey to check the situation of seven Nunneries in Ladakh.On 16th of Sept, the 2nd Conference of nuns was held in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Cultural Academy of Leh for two days. Seventy nuns participated from nine different nunneries. Six nuns gave speech during the conference. It helped all of them to network and build friendship within their community. They shared the challenges that they were facing in academics and other issues.

Dr.Sonam Dawa, Chief Councilor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill development Council was the chief Guest on the 16th in the Lotsawa Hall of Cultural Academy. He deeply appreciated the nuns’ contribution towards the society. The 2nd day program was held in the Ladakh Nuns Association, community Hall. All the nuns found this two day program very beneficial and requested  for the conduct of more such conferences in future for the exchange of  knowledge and experiences.

Special Thanks and Appreciation;

Mr & Mrs Hiroshi and Hediko Aikata (friend and supporter) from Japan, Ingrid Foeken?Marlies Bosh, Dutch Foundation for ladakhi Nuns( Netherland), Madam Beva Eastman,(USA),Mrs Yangzom The Tibet Fund U.S.A, Isolde Walter Tibet Initiative Kempten, Germany, Yeshi Khando and Dolma, Tibet Vent De liberte (France), Heidi Haltmeier (Switzerland), (very kind donation from their relatives & friends to support the education project.) Madam Hannelore Germany, Ms Tek Kee Hoon (Singapore) Dr. Cornelia Mallebrein (Germay),Madam Helga Wittlinger & Gunter ( Germany), Dr.Nancy Pi Chin USA, Ginny Brimmelhuis The Netherland, Dr.Marga Theophil and Dr.Narayan of Indian  Development Foundation (Mumbai), and everyone  who had connection with us.

Scholarships for the Nuns studying outside Ladakh:

Three students went for further studies to south India for nine years training course in Buddhist Philosophy. We are very thankful for the thirteen years of financial support form Kempten Germany that was rendered to our nuns pursuing school education which ended this March. Three nuns studying in Central University for Higher Tibetan studies in Varanasi came for summer holidays. They shared their knowledge and experience with the younger nuns in LNA. All the nine students studying in Dharamsala also came over for a one month break this summer and spent their time at our Nunnery and also visited their parents. Most of them are from remote areas of Ladakh. All their travelling expenses were covered by LNA.

Training on basic healing based on Tibetan medicine:

A group of eight Taiwanese ladies attended a four day workshop on basic Tibetan medicine. One day field trip with our nuns to the villages within Leh was organized. They also helped our medical team in the villages. We also did an exchange program with all the students too.

Medical Camp:

LNA in collaboration with Amrita Sealtha from America organized a health camp in the Aryan villages’. Nearly 200 of them received treatment and free medicines. They were very happy to meet our nuns and also shared their hardships & health issues.

[A Big Thank you to all our sponsors and donors. All the nuns at LNA deeply appreciate your very kind support. In case, inadvertently, if we have missed mentioning any friend of LNA kindly accept our apologies.]

“Wishing you all “A VERY HAPPY 2018!!!!”