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Samtenling Nunnery - Education

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At present the Nunnery is divided into Retreat, College and Monastery. Some of the older nuns as well as some of the new ones who find it difficult to study along the college curriculum get the chance to receive appropriate education in the monastery section.

The nuns in the Monastery attend the same Dharma classes as the nuns of the college, but they have separate classes for Tibetan, English, Mathematics and General Knowledge. They attend to special prayers on request from the outside community for their loved ones and friends, and later in the afternoon they join the other nuns as a group for the daily prayers.

The college nuns study at Samtenling, but they have the same subjects as the monks at Kagyu College. This year we have two nuns in class seven and one is also taking the revision classes. The monks and nuns meet once a month at the College to debate on Buddhist philosophy.

Each Sunday after the Dharma classes, the nuns attend our so-called Sunday Club, where they have one and half-hour classes of their choice. At present the Sunday Club offers classes for Computer, Hindi, Art, and Rituals. Late afternoon is spent cleaning around the Nunnery and Monday is a holiday.

Six graduate monks from the Kagyu College are teaching the nuns Buddha Dharma, Dialectics and Tibetan language. Khenpo Tsultrim Namdhak is headmaster for a period of two years. We have two Tibetan lady voluntary teachers Ms. N. Shakabpa and Ms. T.Y. Tsarong, both graduates from USA teaching English and General Knowledge.

We have thirteen nuns in the three years, three months and three days retreat led by Drupon Sonam Kunga.

ABOUT BUDDHA
The Birth of Buddha
Buddha's Renunciation
In Search of Truth
Turning the Wheel of Dharma
Buddha's Parinirvana
Buddha's Teachings

ABOUT DHARMA
Buddhadharma
Dharmawheel
The Four Noble Truth
Dharma Practice


BUDDHIST BELIEFS
What is the Mind?
Reincarnation
Karma
Renunciation
Loving Kindness and Compassion

ABOUT VAJRAYANA
What is Vajrayana?
Why Practice Vajrayana?
Authentic Vajrayana
Levels of Vajrayana
Attachment and Vajrayana
HOW TO MEDITATE
What to Meditate On
Sitting in Meditation
Preparing for Meditation
The Meditation Session
A Meditation Schedule

MORE
The Kagyu Lineage
Meaning of Hung Symbol
Meaning of Drikung
Life Story of Achi
The Three Protectors