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Pema Choling Nunnery


On a windy plateau at the entrance of Tang valley, about 5 kms from the main Jakar-Ura-Mongar highway, the nunnery is made of several buildings: hostels, classrooms, kitchen and temple. As per the prophesy made by Pema Lingpa in 15th century, that one day in the future there would be a great center of learning for women in the center of the sacred Tang Valley. The
present 9th Gantey Tulku, as a lineage holder of Pema Lingpa’s teachings, decided to establish a monastic school for nuns at that place and from 2001, nuns settled there living in huts. From 2005, the buildings have been built by nuns and workers from a vocational training school in Thimphu and villagers in the form of large rammed earth buildings with extensive woodwork in the Bhutanese style. The nunnery is a monastic school (shedra) under the purview of the present Gangtey Tulku. It houses about 100 nuns between 12 and 70 year of age, who follow the Nyingma Peling tradition and have a 9 year academic courses. The nuns also perform prayers and rituals in the nunnery as well as for the villagers.

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