The Tsoknyi Nuns

    Cultivating Enlightenment in Female Form

The Vision of Tsoknyi Rinpoche

A pioneering vision to train nuns to become among the most accomplished Buddhist practitioners and Dharma teachers in the world.


The International Friends of the Tsoknyi Nepal Nunsand the Tsoknyi Humanitarian Foundation were formed to raise funds for a Tibetan Buddhist nunnery in Nepal. 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.


  • Build an integrated educational center and nunnery to include a Nun’s Shedra and Residence, Primary School, Three Year Retreat Center, International Retreat Center, Kitchen/Dining Hall and Shrine Hall.
  • Continue the lineage of the first Tsoknyi Rinpoche by providing the same monastic training for women that has been reserved for men.
  • Extend into Nepal the training and traditions of the nuns who have long practiced the Tsoknyi lineage in Nangchen, Tibet.
  • Provide younger nuns with a certified primary school education and the opportunity to progress to attending Shedra and Three Year Retreat.
  • Ensure that young women who choose to return to their villages will have knowledge of health, hygiene and cultural issues effecting women.

We are now in the process of establishing a new home for these nuns in Nepal, providing a safe environment, good education and spiritual guidance.  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. The nuns pray continuously for all beings, and perform special prayers and pujas when requested.

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.

With deep love and respect,

Tsoknyi Rinpoche

Tsoknyi Rinpoche


Tsoknyi Rinpoche lll, born in Nubri, Nepal, is the son of the late Dzogchen Yogi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Educated by many of the greatest Nyingma and Kagyu masters in Nepal, India, and Tibet, Rinpoche is loved by students around the world. Rinpoche upholds the Tsoknyi Lineage, providing spiritual and material support for nuns in Nangchen and Nepal.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche has been teaching students worldwide about the innermost nature of mind in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and is particularly committed to supporting female practitioners. Rinpoche is one of those rare teachers whose lighthearted, yet illuminating style appeals to both beginners and advanced practitioners alike. He is truly a bridge between ancient wisdom and the modern mind. His fresh insights into the western psyche have enabled him to teach and write in a way that touches our most profound awareness, using metaphors, stories, and images that point directly to our everyday experience. He is widely recognized as a brilliant meditation teacher, is the author of three books, Open Heart, Open Mind, Carefree Dignity, and Fearless Simplicity, and has a keen interest in the ongoing dialogue between western research, especially in neuroscience, and Buddhist practitioners and scholars.

Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s activity greatly contributes to the preservation of the Buddha Dharma in the East, while nurturing its growth in the West. His personal warmth and compassionate attention greatly enrich and enliven the depth of our learning experience. His dedication to teaching is based on his belief that the precious Buddha Dharma can bring peace and harmony to the world.

For more information about Tsoknyi Rinpoche and his teaching schedule, visit



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