Tara Gompathe First Monastic Residence in North America For Tibetan Buddhist Bhikshunis

The following article is from the Summer, 1997 issue of the Snow Lion Newsletter and is for historical reference only. You can see this in context of the original newsletter here.

Tara Gompa, the monastic residence of Dharma Institute (founded by Ven. Bhikshuni Tenzin Yeshe) has been located near Charlottesville, VA since 1992. In May 1997, Tenzin Yeshe made arrangements to relocate Tara Gompa to land in New Mexico, and to build a monastic residence large enough for a Bhikshuni Sangha to live and practice together.

Ground-breaking will take place later this summer. So far, enough money has been raised to build quarters for five monastics, and Ven. Tenzin Yeshe welcomes donations in order to make space available for a larger group.

Tara Gompa in New Mexico is the first residence in North America for female Tibetan Buddhists who have been ordained as Sramanerikas in the Tibetan tradition and as Bhikshunis in other lineages. Yeshe-la is currently contacting her fellow Bhikshunis to see whether they might spend at least the traditional rainy seasons together and/or might use Tara Gompa as a main, shared residence.

Contact: Ven. Tenzin Yeshe at 540-832-5282 until August, then E-mail at dhanna@comet.net. ä_æ

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