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)
Skarma is from Tungri village in Zanskar, Ladakh in northern India. Her father Tashi Norboo runs a small business and mother Yangchen Dolma is house wife. Skarma has two brothers and one sister and they all in School. Skarma became a nun at the age of 7th and went to the branch school of the Central Institute of Buddhist studies in Zanskar. While at school her favorite subject was Hindi. She came to Jamyang Choling Institute to study Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language.
Her father Ramesh is school teacher and mother is house wife, they live in Tserang village in Kinnaur with three younger brothers and one sister. Gechoe became a nun in year 2008 at Odsel Choling at Rarang village in Kinnaur. For the last 8 years she studied in Varanasi six months in each year with her friend nuns. Her aim of joining Jamyang Choling is study well and after completion help her local Nunnery in Kinnaur.
Yingchoe’s father Raj Kapur work for government office and her mother Mera is house wife. She has one older sister and one younger brother they all live in Tserang village in Kinnaur. Yingchoe became nun in the year 2008 at Odsel Choling in Rarang in Kinnaur. For the last 8 years she studied in Varanasi six months in each with her friend nuns. Her aim of joining at Jamyang Choling Institute is to study further to her Nunnery in Kinnaur.
Dolma Chozom, Adm No: 214
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..
Chodon Palmo, Adm No: 203
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.
Stanzin Zangmo (B), Adm No: 209
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.
Tenzin Saldon, code#213
Date of Birth: 2001
Born 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.
Stanzin Dolma (B), Adm No: JCI/238 Sponsored
Date of Birth: Feb 7, 2007
Stanzin Dolma is from Tungri village in Zanskar, Ladakh and grew up with 3 older and two younger sisters. Her father Tsering Dhargas is farmer and mother Rinchen Dolma is house wife. Stanzin became a nun at the age of six and went to the branch school of the Central Institute of Buddhist studies in Zanskar. While at school her favorite subject was Hindi, she came to Jamyang Choling Institute to study Buddhist philosophy language.
Stanzin is from Tungri village in Zanskar, Ladakh and grew up in a simple farmer family. Her father Thukjay and mother Padma live in Zanskar along with two sisters and one brother. Her siblings are all in school. She became nun at age six and enrolled in the branch school of Central Institute of Buddhist Studies run by Government of India. She along with three friends visited Dharamsala to join Jamyang Choling for further studies.
Machoe was born in village Ropa in Kinnaur. Her late father was Ganga Ram and mother Phuntsok Dolma live in Kinnaur. She has two older sisters, both are nuns and one older sister is studying at Jamyang Cholng Institute and other one live in Kinnaur at her village Nunnery. Machoe Chodron became a nun in year 2008 at Odsel Choling at Rarang village in Kinnaur. She studied in Varanasi six months in each with her friend nuns. She joined Jamyang Choling Institute in April 2019 and after completing the course, her aim is to help at her local Nunnery in Kinnaur.
Zabchoe’s father Devinder and mother Babita live with her two younger brothers and sister in Tserang village in Kinnaur. Zabchoe became a nun in year 2008 at Odsel Choling at Rarang village in Kinnaur. For the last 8 years she studied in Varanasi six months in each with her friend nuns.
Khawang Choezom, Adm No: 202
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.
Stanzin Dechen, Adm No: 212
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.
Tenzin Yangchen B, Adm No: 201
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.