In the summer of 2011, Amy McCracken visited Thrangu Kong Jo Sherab Ling Nunnery, in Eastern Tibet and was profoundly affected by the strong character of the nuns and their commitment to dharma practice and to the community. She saw that despite being very poor and begging for their sustenance in harsh conditions, the nuns have carved out a very meaningful spiritual existence on the isolated Tibetan plateau in Yushu, Qinghai Province, near the town of Jiegu, which was hit by a major earthquake in 2010. Amy was amazed by how rural the location of the nunnery was–none of them had ever met a person from North America before! When Amy returned to the U.S., she created HelpTibetanNuns.org to fulfill the nun’s vision of a new medical center near the site of their nunnery in Tibet.
The nunnery is under the direction of Lodroe Nyima Rinpoche (read his bio here) and is currently looking at ways to become self-sustaining while simultaneously supplying some of the crucial needs of the local community, which like the nunnery is very poor. The nuns have decided that building a desperately-needed medical center would be a huge asset for the local inhabitants, and at the same time would provide a means of “right livelihood” for their own monastic community.
Lama Karma Drodhul took a group of Westerners to visit Thrangu Nunnery in 2011 and has been a private supporter of the Nunnery for several years. He is Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s principal attendant and assistant and became a monk when he was nine years old; at twenty he received both getsul (intermediate) and gelong (full) ordination from Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche. Lama Karma excelled in all aspects of dharma study and completed his education in five years. Thrangu Rinpoche sent him to the U. S. to deepen his understanding of the dharma under the tutelage of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. In March 2004, Lama Karma completed his first and in February 2008 his second traditional three-year, three-month retreat under Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche at Karme Ling Retreat Center. He travels to different centers to teach and is the author of Amrita of Eloquence: A Biography of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche.
Help Tibetan Nuns, Inc. is a is a non-profit organization created by U.S. supporters of Thrangu Kong Jo Sherab Ling Nunnery, an affiliate of Thrangu Monastery in Kham, Eastern Tibet.