All the nuns again participated in a week’s fasting retreat in the month of February. It’s a special practice of the “Avalokiteshvara” (thik-chen So-jong). Many lay women also attended the retreat. The gathering dedicated their special prayers to all the sponsors, supporters and friends of LNA.
March: Schools reopened in March after the winter break, and the students returned from their winter holidays. The students of class 10 and 12 set for their annual exams.
Training new batch on the Tibetan Medicine:
The executive committee of LNA met to make a plan and decide on the Amchi four year training program. Amchi Rabsal from the Tibetan settlement and Amchi Palmo will take the classes for eight students. Six nuns and two girls got selected for the training.
The Clinic is well functioning, and with time we see is increase in Amchi Medicine in the community. Therefore, we believe, we need to train more of our nuns to help the poor and helpless people in the community.
Leadership and Community-building:
Madam Beva Estaman is very kind again sponsoring for the training on “Non-violent communication and Peace Building” for nuns and lay women. We organized four workshops for hundred twenty nuns and four workshops for three villages for more than ninety women.
The workshops were very beneficial for nuns as well as women of the villages. It helped women to build close network to tackle their most stressful and difficult times. It was a great inspiration for all the nuns to know each other’s hardships and problems. Most of the women were very confident and empowered to stand on their feet to face the challenges in their communities. Moreover, they requested us to conduct such “Peace building workshops” in the future too. They believe, calm mind help many of them to be more positive.
Leadership training for Nuns at Dharamsala:
In March the Tibetan Women Association and Tibetan Nuns Project Dharamsala sponsored and organized a week long leadership training for Nuns. Eight nuns from Ladakh participated the training; one nun from Sakay Thinlesling Nunnery, and two nuns from each Nunneries. Thubten Choskorling Nunnery of Leh, Thardot Choling Nunnery of Rezong, Thikchen Choling Nunnery of Temisgang. It was very beneficial for our nuns as they become more confidants to empower other nuns in their Nunneries. They were also very much inspired to met with nuns from fifteen different Nunneries during the training program. It was also a great opportunity for all of them to meet with Tibetan Cabinet Minister Mr. Lobzang Sangey la. They shared their experience for our nuns in Leh which really helped all of them to attend this important workshop in the future. All the participants sending lot of thanks to Tibetan Women Association and Tibetan Nuns Project for their very kind support as well as sponsoring and in offering this great opportunity for us.
For the first time we received three months training on Computer Applications for nine nuns. Leh Sadhbavana (Indian Army initiative) organized the program. We are very grateful to “G.O.C. Brig. Patalai ji “Brig. Shankar & Madam Jayashree for their concern and kind support. We are very grateful for them also in sponsoring for the Solar Glass house for the students.
Sadhbavana Leh also Sponsored free medical check-Thanks again to the Sadhbavana for their very kind sponsored and helped us to received free medical check- up for more than 150 nuns at the Army General Hospital, Leh. All the nuns received physical checkup, ENT and Dental’s check- up too.
A prayer session for the sponsors and supporters: In April, once again LNA performed a three days puja ( Namgal Stongchod) for all the sponsors and supporters of LNA; more than hundred nuns participated. We dedicated these prayers for the longevity of our patronage the most Venerable Gaden Tri Rezong Rinpche, friends, sponsor and supporters to fulfill their noble wishes. Four nunneries (Thekchen Choling Tingmosgan, Thardot Choling Rezong, Thubten Choskorling Nunnery Leh, and Dechen Choling Skidmang) joined together to make this offering of Long life Puja under the guidance of Venerable Urgen Rinpcohe and the nuns from Skidmang Nunnerie. They also helped to lead and conducted the prayers.
Scholarships for nun students:
Three nuns from LNA got through the entrance exams at the Central University of Higher Tibetan Studies at Saranath (Varanasi) in July. They obtained 1st division in the entrance exams and got admission in the hostel too. Two nuns studying at Siddhartha School (Stok village) passed their 10th board exams with good marks. Three nuns studying at the Lamdon Model Senior Secondary School (Leh) also passed their board 10th exams with high marks. Three nuns are waiting to go for their further studies in Dharamsala end of January 2016.
Three nuns studying at the Sakya Nunnery Institute at Dheradun spent their two months summer holidays at LNA nunnery and helped us with the activities of the organization.
Traditional Medicine Training:
In May, we started four years of Amchi training (Traditional Tibetan Medicine) with a group of eight students. This is for the second time that we are organizing such training for the nuns. Amchi Karma Rapsal and Amchi Palmo and Amchi Thubten Dolma, Amchi Dorje Youdol took the responsibilities.
In the first week of June, all the students went on a field trip at nearby village of Pethub Parka. They were introduced to the herbs and other medicinal plants. Again in July all the students and our staffs gone for herbs collection in the mountains at Khardong la.
His Holiness The Dalai Lama in leh.
A two week training of Buddhist studies was conducted at Pethub Monastery, inaugurated by H.H. The Dalai Lama. More than twenty nuns got opportunity to attend the workshop. They came from six different Nunneries. We took the responsibility of their accommodation and convenience arrangements from our nunnery to the Monastery for two week. This is the very first time that nuns are also invited to participated in the studies program with the monks. Our students got new idea on learning method based on Buddhist Philosophy this year. Most of our nuns studied in School with different Academy Subjects, Like math, Science, Technology, Social Science, English etc. It’s inspiring for all of them that Buddhist Philosophy help them to search for a new way to understand the real meaning of Buddha’s teachings more in a deeper way.
New Infrastructure and Facilities:
Mr. Graham Cunningham sponsored the new hostel building for the nuns at Saboo. We Collected all the building materials and prepared the ground for the construction. All the nuns worked very hard to prepare a small garden with varieties of flowers at the Leh Nunnery.
Herbs Cultivation & Gardening:
We started cultivating herbs at the Chuchot village, half an hour drive from LNA center. The efforts were supported with seedling donations from the Defense Institute at Leh. We are also fortunate to receive Local sponsors Mrs. Yangzom and their family to use their land for the herbs and the gardening project.
Workshop on Health (Prevention of disease):
Dutch Foundation Board members visited. Madam Myar De Roy (Chair women), Madam Marlies Bosh (Secretary), Madam Ingrid Foeken and Madam Anike. A one day workshop was conducted for twenty five nuns from five different nunneries. Ingrid and Marlise Bosh taught on the book named “Our Bodies Ourselves”It was really helpful for the nuns to care of their health in proper way. All the nuns are very happy to understand in a better way about their body systems.
Dr. Palmo was invited to gave a talk for about sixty nuns studying at the Central Institute of Buddhist Studies of Choglamsar, Leh about Mental Health.
In July, Dr. Nancy.P.Chin from the University of Rochester Medical Center from America visited with her students group and conducted three days training for the nuns. This workshop is also related with Physical and Mental Health as well as on the Preventation of Diseases too. All of them stayed within the nunnery and also moved to Matho village with our nuns to conduct a survey about the village health. This is the Ist time exchanged programmed for our nuns. All the nuns are very happy to learnt from the Medical group of Dr,Nancy. They also presented a report they collected during their five days survey for LNA in the village. Its really a great helped for us to understand the method of their survey.
Prayer for Teachers all the sponsors ,supporter/Donors and friends :
Ten-shuk (long life prayer) was offered to Most Venerable Gaden Tri Rezong Rinpche Thubten Nima la (88 year old). Five nunneries were in charge and members of the nunneries attended it two days. More than two hundred nuns get together for this special occasion. The villagers too joined the nuns. It is organized and sponsored in collaboration with the five nunneries. Two nuns also attended five days long life Puja for H.H The Dalia lama (80 Years old) at Dharamsala.
Its very important for all the disciples to join together in offering prayers deep from heart to repay the kindness of teachers prayers also dedicated for all sponsors as well as for World Peace.
Installed Solar Power Light
Dr. phil. Cornelia Mallebrein from Germany visited us with her group on 18th of August. They inaugurated the Solar System which they sponsored and donated with the kind sponsors from all the members of the Zonta-Club Zürich and the AGAPE Foundation. We are very thankful to all the sponsors that really helped all the students to study in the Solar lights early morning and late night. Its solved us the problems of light facing last ten years, as there were shortage of electricity during the exams of our students. All the nuns are very Happy and praying for their very kindness
On 2nd of August thirty five nuns were ordained. It was sponsored and organized by the three Nunneries (Tingmosgang Thekchen Choling, Geyphel ling and Thubten Chhoskorling Nunneries). The Most Ven. Gaden Tri Rinpoche la gave the ordinations to thirty five nuns. This is the 4th time that ordination of novices were sponsored and arrangement are done at the L.N.A.
Free Medicine distribution:
Our Medical team of Amchi visited again this late autumn at Omla villages and gave treatment for more than seventy five patients. This medical treatment is sponsored by our Australia co-ordinater (Miss. Evonne Papadopoulos and her friends). The villagers deeply appreciated this Free treatments program. Many patients are suffering from Asthma, indigestion, join pain, back pain. Two patients are suffering from Epilepsy. They requested us to continue the treatment in the future.
Mr Phunshok (Engineer) and Volunteer members worked for the preparation of the future hostel site plan at Saboo village. Venerable Geshe Deyang kindly accepted our request to teach lessons on Buddhism every day for the team and students of LNA.
Ms Barbara Steinmann ( Wanderlust Switzerland) again visited with her Women group and attend a half day chanting as well as talk session from our students.
Yeshe Khandro and Dolma from the “ Tibet Vent de Liberte France “visited and updated the nuns sponsored from . They also helped to raise fund to open a small shop for our nuns to start to generate income.
Ms. Li Fang Volunteer to record the LNA history. Ms.Paramita also volunteer to capture a video about the our activities last year.Dr. Marguerite Theophil (coordinator LNA in India) visited again from Mumbai. She conducted a five -day workshop at Lamdon Model Senior Higher Secondary School for their teachers on educating the children.
Thanks to the Tibet Fund (USA) once again for updating and collecting new nuns’ case history to lookup for sponsors.
Madam Isolde Walter and Madam Anne Renken visited from Germany to meet their sponsored nuns and learn about the progress and improvements. Ms.Evonne helped and sponsored our new website; there is good information of the nuns.
Madam Hannelore from the Kinder Himalayan Germany also visited to help in activation of our education project. Ms. Nel Willken visited to meet the nuns at Temisgang village, and LNA to listen of the improvement of the activities.Madam Nana Zeischo from Germany once again made the programme for LNA to conduct the half a day prayer for her women group.
Sale of DVDs and Postcards:
This year DVD and the post cards have been sold at LNA for the visitors.
Thanks for Dr.Rangrut (Thailand) for arranging acupuncture training for four nuns and it was quite helpful and implemented the treatments on nuns as of now and due to shortage of needles we didn’t invite public patients so far. We are planning to open a mini- acupuncture centre in April 2016.
One week in December, all the Amchi and the students once again prepared health tonic to distribute among students and patients under the care of LNA.
Miss Marianne Wiseman again visited our Nunnery. She was very kind to sponsor new office Computer chairs and sponsoring for two Amchies nuns in driving. LNA team and students are also very happy to meet Marianne Wiseman and to learn more about management systems and improve activities of the association for future.
Special Thanks & Appreciation:
Mr & Mrs.Hiroshi and Hediko Aikata (friend and supporter) from Japan very kindly sent us donation from them their relatives & friends for supporting the education Project.
Dr.phi. Cornelia Mallebre (Germay), Madam Denise Wagner ( Switzerland), Giny Brummelhuis Ms Varaporn Whang (Thailand), Madam Helga Wittlinger & Gunter ( Germany), Mr. Venkat Kantheti and Dr.Marga Theophil Dr.Narayan of Indian Development Foundation (Mumbai), and every one had connection with us.
We feel really grateful to Miss Marianne and Madam Jayershree for their kind suggestions and advice for us to reflect for the future of LNA .
Ms. Evonne helped in checking and maintaining the income and the expenditure of our Clinic for the last six years. It’s really a great help for us to keep the records in the Excel program with her very kind help.
Thank you to all of the sponsors and donors for 2015. All of the nuns at LNA deeply appreciated your very kind support. In case, inadvertently, if we have missed mentioning any name of friend of LNA kindly accept our apologies.