Tsoknyi Gechak School
School Director – Fionnuala Shenpen

The Tsoknyi Gechak Ling nunnery embraces education all the way through a nuns life. It begins with the primary school, currently teaching over a hundred young girls a fully secular education. Nuns then proceed through a period of advanced education and must pass a test in order to enter the Shedra, which is a nine-year Buddhist college. Nuns receive training for Three Year Retreat and continue to receive teachings their entire life. Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s vision is for some of these nuns to be teachers in their own right. Many people ask if a young girl becomes a nun, does she have a choice about continuing? Monastic vows are not taken until at least age 18 and a small percentage of girls will elect to not continue. We believe much good has happened regardless, because these girls are getting an education. Studies have proven that education is the single best deterrent to the tragic exploitation of girls in Nepal. Nuns are respected by their villages and by their society largely because of having received an education and for their advanced Buddhist studies. Young girls coming to the nunnery wearing village clothes wait for their monastic clothes and haircuts. Nuns attending Shedra receive their certificates for progressing on to the next level from Tsoknyi Rinpoche.