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Ancient Secrets of Nyerma -the Nunnery
Ancient Secrets of Nyerma -the Nunnery

Ancient Secrets of Nyerma -the Nunnery

The Nunnery at Nyerma, close to the TUTC camp, houses a school for a community of Buddhist nuns. It was established under the aegis of the present Khenpo Rinpoche of Thiksey, and is home to approximately 25 nuns from various parts of Ladakh, ranging in age from 11 to 87 years old. They practise meditation, study Buddhist philosophy and adhere to monastic practices. The nunnery is located within the precincts of the rich, ancient temple complex, founded by the Rinchen Zangpo, known as the Great Translator.

Evidence from the ruins that surround the nunnery suggests an ancient regional learning centre for Buddhist philosophical studies dating back to the 11th century. A peek into the stupas will give you a glimpse of some very special Buddhist paintings from a bygone era.

The village of Nyerma is also a mini-oasis in which many regional flora and fauna flourish. Here you'll get to learn about various indigenous herbs and plants used for medicines and cooking. Thiksey is one of the few Ladakhi villages that actually sits on the flat valley floor. The local community have taken to making mud bricks the traditional way, which is a fun thing to experience first-hand.

 

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