Jamyang Choling Institute (JCI) is an innovative education project that nurtures the spiritual and intellectual potential of Buddhist women. Operating under the auspices of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Department of Religion & Cultural Affairs of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, JCI was founded in 1988 to educate Himalayan Buddhist nuns and laywomen who would otherwise have no opportunity to receive any formal secular or spiritual education. Currently there are 125 nuns and 6 lay students, total of 131 students and 7 teachers at JCI. The students range in age from 11 to 53 and come from various parts of the Himalayan region, including Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh, Zanskar, Lahaul, Spiti, Kinnaur, Garhwal, Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh. The Institute has a program that requires over 17 years of intense study to complete and is equivalent to the program of study required for a doctorate in Buddhist philosophy. The program not only covers Buddhist philosophy but also includes courses in meditation, Tibetan, English, Hindi, and computer and administration skills.
Photos of six nuns from Jamyang Choling Nunnery, who graduated Geshema Degree (Equivalent to Doctorate in Buddhist philosophy)
Date of Birth: August 6. 1992
Born in Charang village Kinnaur. Her father Surat Kumar Negi is a farmer and Mother Smt. Suman Devi is house wife, she has one brother. Chodon wanted to become a nun and with the blessing of her family, left school after completing grade four and on Feb 14, 2016 joined Jamyang Choing Nunnery.
Date of Birth: May 26, 2008
Born in Thongday Zansker Village, Ladakh. Her father Tharpa is a farmer and her mother Tenzin Chozom is house wife. Karma has for four sister’s. After completing grade 3rd of elementary Hindi medium school at Padum. She joined Jamyang Choling Institute on February 16, 2016.
Date of Birth: September 9, 1998
Born in Padum Zansker, Ladakh. Her father Tsering Angchok is a farmer and her late mother Pema expired when she was 10 years old. She has two older brothers and one older sister. Rigzin became a nun when she was age six. .After completing grade 6 of elementary Hindi medium school at Padum and joined Jamyang Choling Institute on February 16, 2016.
Date of Birth: November 22, 1998
Born in Bothkharboo, Ladakh. Her father Sonam Tundup is a farmer and Mother Tsewang Dolma is house wife. She has one elder brother and two sisters, she become a nun when she was age 8 and lived in Skara nunnery at Ladakh and later joined Jamyang Choling Institute February 14th 2016.
Born Yera 2001 in Chechong village, Spiti H.P. Both of her parents passed away. She has one elder brother and two sisters. Tenzin completed her studies till class 10th at Indian Government School and Joined Chullchin nunnery and on Feb 14, 2016 joined Jamyang Choling Institute in Dharamsala.
Born 2002 in Mane village in Spiti H.P. Her father Tsering Chopal was farmer and her mother Dolma was house wife. She has one elder sister and one brother. Dolma completed her studies till class 8th at Indian Government School in her village and joined Jamyang Choling Institute on February 14th 2016..
Date of Birth: May 14, 1992
Born in Kinnaur Charang Village, Her father Narender is a farmer and Mother, Uma Devi a house wife. She has one sister and one brother. Khawang completed grade six. On Feb 2016, joined Jamyang Choling Institute.
Date of Birth: March 1, 1999
Born in Zanskar Village, Ladakh. Her father Late Stanzin Chotak is farmer and her Mother Rizin Ladol is house wife. She has four brothers and four sisters. Stanzin studied till grade five and joined Chullchin Nunnery. On Feb 14, 2016 joined Jamyang Choling Institute.
Date of Birth: December 30, 2005
Also known as Sameekaha, born in remote village called Khitoli, her father Savesh kumar is a school worker and Mother is house wife. She has four sisters and one younger brother she went to school 4th class. She is very much interested in Buddhist philosophy and joined Jamyang Choling Institute in February 2016.
Date of Birth: April 22, 1994
Born in Wakha Village in Ladakh. Her father Tsering Nurbo is a retired Army and, her Mother Tsering Dolkar is house wife. She has two elder sisters and one younger brother. After completing grade ten of English medium school in Ladakh, she joined Jamyang Choling Institute in February 14th 2016.