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Zangskar Nunneries

Member nunneries of Zangskar Nuns Association:

  1. Karsha Chuchikjall Kachod Grubling
  2. Pishu Namgyal Choling
  3. Zangla Byangchub Choling
  4. Rizhing Dorje Dzong
  5. Tungri Phuntsog Ling
  6. Sani Kachod Ling
  7. Skyagam Phagmo Ling
  8. Manda Padma Choling
  9. Bya Dolma Choling
  10. Chumig Gyartse Namtak Choling


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Skyagam Phagmo Ling

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Skyagam Phagmo Ling is at the edge of the village, just off the main road. There are 17 nuns, ages 16 to 43, and for two winters they acquired a well-educated young monk from South India as their teacher. At that time their teacher established a detailed study schedule for the nuns that included debate and Tibetan writing and now the nuns are eager to obtain more books to supplement their studies. Their teacher unfortunately had to leave for South India, but the nuns hope to acquire a new teacher with whom the nuns can continue their studies in philosophy and debate.

Like the other Zangskari nunneries, the Skyagam nuns have a teacher from Dharamsala who teaches Tibetan grammar and writing. They would also like to build a proper summer classroom because currently they have class in the glass-enclosed entry way to the prayer hall and it is too cold in the winter. Although the residential buildings were built around 1998, all of the rooms leak when it rains and one roof has already collapsed. Normally the nuns are able to grow some vegetables or get produce in the village, but recently the region has been plagued by insects and residents have been unable to sustain crops. During the summer of 2010 the nuns constructed a 16 ft x 20 ft passive solar room attached to their kitchen for winter ritual and study. The nunnery has only one solar panel and no electricity. Prayer sessions are held on a daily, monthly and annual schedule. The nuns hope to soon build a greenhouse next to their prayer hall in which vegetables can be grown year-round.


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