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My New Life at Kopan Nunnery with Venerable Thubten Chöying

7:30 pm Thursday, August 6, 2020


Kadampa Center is happy to host Venerable Thubten Chöying online as she shares images, impressions and insights from her new life as a nun at Kopan Nunnery outside Kathmandu, Nepal. 

Venerable Chöying (formerly Sarah Brooks, Spiritual Program Coordinator at Kadampa Center in Raleigh, NC, USA and at Mahamudra Centre in Colville, NZ) ordained in January this year with Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of our mother organization, FPMT.

Come for an evening of hearing the joys and trials of immersion into the ordained life. 



Kopan Nunnery has two Geshes from the first class of female Tibetan Geshes who were permitted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to earn the Geshe degree in 2016.

Now that the gender barrier has been removed, there is much more motivation for the young nuns to study seriously because they have role models showing how they can return to the Nunnery and benefit future generations of nuns by becoming qualified teachers.

This also means that over time there will be more female Geshes who can teach abroad, which is important for representing the Buddha's view that everyone is equally qualified to become enlightened. 


The evening will be offered on Zoom and livestreamed on YouTube. 

Registration is required to participate via Zoom.

Access to the YouTube livestream is available on Kadampa Center's website.

There will be opportunities to ask questions.




Generosity is the first perfection of a bodhisattva!

Anyone joyfully inspired by the lives of these dedicated women can help support Venerable Chöying and all the nuns at Kopan by making a donation directly to the nunnery.

The most urgent need is for food, but all donations will be used well to support the thriving community in the nunnery.

In keeping with our tradition, Kadampa Center offers this program with no fee to participants. 

Of course, we welcome offerings to help support our programs!