Well Wishes and Prays from LNA
All of us at LNA are thankful to all of our well wishers and sponsors. We are offering daily prays for your success and well being. We all wish a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019. May the New Year will bring good news, longevity, Healthy future with Peace, Harmony, and prosperity in the world.
LNA Nuns’ Education
All the 40 nuns students who are seeking education in different institutions in Leh and outside Ladakh, have shown excellent academic results. In addition, during their summer vacation, they volunteered to teach and organised workshops for students at the nunneries. During the H.H. Dalai Lama’s visit to Samtanling monastery at Nubra Valley, five students and three staffs attended the (Summer Buddhist Council). Ven.Stanzin Skitpa gave talk on suicide issues in Ladakh. Two students after clearing their 10th Board exams from Lamdon Model Secondary School Leh were sent to further studies in Buddhist philosophy at Kopan nunnery in Kathmandu.
Dutch Foundation for Ladakhi Nuns: We are very happy that again this year Madam Marlies Bosh and Alike visited and updated the sponsorship for the students.
Dr.Cornelia Mallebrein Germany,(www.ashakiran.de and DIG-Bodensee.com)
Tibet Fund, USA, helped to updated all the nuns information.
Tibet Support Group, Kempten, Germany: Madam Isolde Walter and her staff visited, updated the sponsorship and the activities of the nuns.
Tibet Vent de Liberte, France; Yeshe Khandro and Dolma helped updating all the nun information.
The kinder Himalayan Germany. Madam Hannulore visited and plan to continuing the support for the general health project for the nuns.
Heroshi and Hidiko Aiakata from Japen, & Dentsite Indische germany,.
Women Empowerment Program
Under the leadership of Nidhi Dutt helped the founder of LNA Dr.T. Palmo to share and speak about the struggles and challenges facing in the society. Her Media has been empowering and inspiring many women all over India. Nun.Change Maker. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0TE-xHz9qw
This film highlights the struggle for nuns in Ladakh. Sharing the story in a forward and brave revelation of the situation of domestic violence. The short clip also highlights the work to build a nunnery to provide a spiritual home for Ladakhi nuns to take as a refuge and create a sacred to community. LNA is transforming the lives of so many nuns and the community as well as the society. Two nuns ( Ven Padma ladon and Ringzin Angmo) attended the International Network of Engaged Buddhist meeting in Kathmandu. A 23 minutes documentary film on the advantages of herbal natural cures and taking proper treatment was completed this year by the media team of LNA. It is a beautifully shot film that covers the natural benefits of medicinal plants found in Ladakh.
Guru Ruma visited and shared his practices of Dharma for our community. Ms Amye and her team introduced mediation practices for our students and the villagers this year again.
All six Amchi nuns (students) have completed their (So-wa Rigpa) medical training with good marks. The outcome of the Medical Training Project was beneficial for the people in Ladakh and the nuns themselves. They received a golden opportunity to understand health issues in general and learned specifically about their own physical and mental health. The medical training was sponsored by Dr.Cornelia Mallebrein Germany,(www.ashakiran.de and DIG-Bodensee.com) Herb Collection and Cultivation. During the summer holiday all the four Tibetan Doctors (Amchies) and students visited different mountain areas to collect herbs. This year we had a shortage of herbs and we bought those tropical herbs from New Delhi. Tibetan medicine and public health activities are ongoing at the nunnery, and nuns continue their regular activities such as preparing medicines and collecting herbs from the mountains. We cultivated herbs in the villages too. Sponsored by Genny from the Netherland.
Building & maintenance.
We receive a grant this year from the Government of India Ministry of Culture New Delhi under the Schemes for financial assistance for the Development of Buddhist/Tibetan organisation Art and Culture. Grant of Rs. 3,40,000 – was sanction for the maintenance of Ladakh Nuns Association (LNA). We also bought new furniture and stationery for the office and paid for the Office Secretary and the guard.
Distribution of Tibetan Medicines
At the World Health Day Dr. T. Palmo & her medical team gave a talk on health and hygiene for the hostel nuns and girls at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies. We also gave free medical treatment and distributed medicines for seven hundred needy people. We also conducted workshops on mental health in the two nunneries. Most of our patients are from remote villages. We are working hard to provide our medical services to the needy people as much as we can.
Checking Up on Nun’s Health at LNA
Over the last five years, our students have suffered from various physical problems. Here are some of the issues faced over the past five years:
Three nuns had to remove their appendix,
One senior Amchi nun removed her uterus,
Three nuns had gall stones removed,
This year one student studying in Varanasi was diagnosed with Tuberculosis and was put on treatment for 6 months. She is recovered.
One nun had an operation to remove gall stones and has since returned back to her studies at Dheradun Sakya Nuns College. It is with grave concern that we share an unfortunate situation of one of our student nuns who was recently diagnosed with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma in August 2018. We ask for your prayers as she courageously is taking alternative as well as allopathy treatments. The training in Tibetan medicine deeply helped them to understand the mental challenges in such difficult situations. All of them are working very hard to support the physical and mental stress of our nun patients.
Ashoka Grant from the Khyentse Foundation ( Mental Hygiene Project)
We are very grateful for the generous and kind support received from the Khyentse Foundation which has allowed us to pursue many activities to uphold teaching/training and Workshop. More than three hundred nuns participated in the five day (chanting festival of the Sangha). It was a really great opportunity for the nuns to share their knowledge and experiences after the chanting. After a three year break, all the nuns finally had the wonderful opportunity to meet together. More than ten nuns participated in the ten days Vipassana meditation in Saboo.
Buddhist education programme ( Public Events )
Organised and sponsored a ten days intensive Dharma teaching programme for the public. Ven. Geshe Thupten Zotpa was invited to give the teaching.More than 70 people and 55 nuns participated. After the teachings all the participants attended the discussion on the topic of the mind training and meditation for two weeks. We conducted teachings in three villages and showed a film on basic practices of Dharma. We also organised Dharma workshops for the villagers. In addition, LNA provided a space for villagers to conduct Dharma related activities on topics such as the values of Buddhism, old age, suicide cases, and culture.
A one week leadership training and workshop on peace building for nuns organised . We all the nuns are very grateful to the International Network of Engaged Buddhists (INEB) they helped in sending two Volunteers to train nuns on leadership. Ms Meaw, Ms Warla and Madam Jaya worked very hard for the entire three weeks. It focused on effective communication and healthy community & social skills.
Under the new activities, LNA in collaboration with New Ladakhi Girls, founded by two girls from Siddhartha School Stok, organised a workshop with the objective to spread awareness on adolescent health such as menstruation, hygiene, how to deal with emotional and behavioural changes. Over twenty women, including two medical doctors, three Amchis, two psychiatrist, a school principal and students from the nunnery participated in the workshop that was hosted at the nunnery.
Children Education Project:
Indian Development Foundation Mumbai.
More than eighty students ages group of 5 year to 16 years old received free tuition for twenty days during the winter holidays. Every Sunday organised basic mediation and dharma teachings for all the children. At the closing ceremony all the parents invited the teachers presented the feed back of their children. We are very thankful to Dr. Narayan Lyer (IDF) Indian Development Foundation Mumbai.
LNA extends our deepest appreciation and gratitude to all of the kind supporters who help us in continuing as well as to fulfil our mission.