Guide for Visiting Tsoknyi Gechak Ling
Many people visit the Tsoknyi Gechak Ling Nunnery near Kathmandu and offer to bring items for the nuns, as well as to volunteer their time to teach or assist the nunnery in various ways. If you are planning to visit Nepal and Tsoknyi Gechak Ling, please refer to this informational guide while planning your trip.
Who to Contact: Ms. Palden Choedon is the secretary and visitor coordinator at Tsoknyi Gechak Ling. You can contact her with questions regarding your visit, such as the best times to visit the nunnery and the school schedule. Ms. Palden’s email: [email protected] Phone – 9803833657
What to Take:
Cash donations are the most beneficial way to support TGL. Funds go towards employee and teacher’s salaries as well as food and clothing for the nuns. Holding a fundraising activity before you visit would be a wonderful way to educate your friends and family about Tsoknyi Gechak Ling. Cash donations are tax deductible and staff at TGL will provide a personal thank you letter and a photo opportunity as a lovely keepsake of your visit. To receive a tax deduction for your gift, it should be made through your country’s Pundarika organization or the Tsoknyi Humanitarian Foundation for US residents (see Donate).
Due to the remote region and limited foods available, the standard diets of the nuns may not supply adequate nutrients, especially for the young nuns. We have researched high-quality, affordable vitamins and found the following vitamins to be very beneficial: Multivitamins and Vitamin D3. Here are the links to the Amazon pages to purchase: Rainbow Light Kids Multivitamin and Now Vitamin D3.
Books for Our Library
We greatly appreciate all kinds of books, both new and second hand, for ages 5 to 18. Here is a link to our Amazon Wish List.
Used electronics such as laptop computers, mobile phones and tablets are also welcome at the nunnery. Electronics should be in good working order, scrubbed clean of all past user data and have HDMI ports.
Here is a list of good quality equipment that is needed for the Nun Film Program:
- Two Tripods with video fluid heads – heavy enough to hold cameraswith70-200/2.8 lens – at least one is needed now.
- Graduated ND and polarizer filters for 24-105/4L and 70-200/2.8L Canon Lenses
- Canon DSLR Cameras – Models 5D M3/4 and 7D and 7D M2,lower models of Canon DSLR cameras also
Directions to Tsoknyi Gechak Ling
From Boudha, Swayambhu, Thamel, or any other part of the city you first travel to Balky Chowk (Balku crossroad) on the city’s ring road and then take Parping Road. Continue straight past Tribhuvan University: past Chobhar gate and the turn off for Kirtipur, until you come to the police checkpoint on Chobhar Dhara. Just after the check point there is a turn off to the right with a billboard advertising the “Kathmandu View Hotel”. There’s also a faded looking sign for Tsoknyi Gechak Ling. The small Krishna Mandir (temple) and behind it the “Pipal Café”. Turn left, drive past the café and follow the road round the bend. On you right you will now see the school building, a four- story mustard yellow building with green railings. Continue straight until you reach the Main gate on your right. Come through the gates. The road veers right. You will see the gate-house/medical clinic on your right and the Pema Chödrön Drubdé 3-Year Retreat Center on your left. Continue following the road, when it splits take the lower road leading to the school gateway. The upper road leads to the Shedra building and Old Temple.