The Tsoknyi Nuns

    Cultivating Enlightenment in Female Form

Pundarika Foundation

Organizational Announcement

This website was formerly operated by the Tsoknyi Humanitarian Foundation. 

We are happy to announce the merger of Tsoknyi Humanitarian Foundation into the Pundarika Foundation U.S. on January 1, 2024. This change will help both of Tsokyni Rinpoche’s U.S.-based organizations to work as one to fulfill Rinpoche’s heart’s wish to support the Tsoknyi Nuns and his teaching activities. Thank you for your patience as we manage this transformation. For more information on the merger, including questions about donations, please see this page

The new combined organization will operate under the charter of Pundarika Foundation U.S. (EIN 84-1295990) which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

All of the Board members from Tsoknyi Humanitarian Foundation have joined the Board of Pundarika Foundation and will continue their work to support Tsoknyi Rinpoche and his humanitarian activities. 

Tsoknyi Rinpoche's Vision for the Nuns

“I am investing a lot of my own time, energy and resources supporting these nuns, because I see great value in their way of life and what they represent in the modern world.  They are a cultural and spiritual treasure, and I hope you will join me in preserving their heritage. It is my vision that these nuns will continue to flourish in the future. As a source of inspiration to women and men all over the world, their inner qualities will radiate loving-kindness everywhere.”

Our Mission

Our mission is to make it possible for nuns in Nepal who practice in the Tsoknyi lineage to live in a safe, healthy environment in order to study and practice the highest Buddhist meditation and philosophy. This organization supports Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s aspiration that these nuns will become accomplished teachers and that they will inspire people from all over the world.

  • UNITE the power of authentic buddhist practice with the benefits of a contemporary education for the nuns of Tsoknyi Rinpoche.
  • SECURE the nuns’ physical and financial well-being
  • SUSTAIN their nunneries as centers of cultural preservation and spiritual excellence
  • INSPIRE an international community of dedicated supporters, donors, and volunteers
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