Extending the geographical range of the Tibet Support Group to support the Bhutan Nuns Foundation (BNF) does, we hope, feel valid! Both have a link through shared religious backgrounds – Buddhism came to Bhutan from Tibet in the 9th Century - and an ancient hidden Himalayan culture. As in Tibet, monastic life is very important in Bhutan but whilst monasteries receive state support, nunneries in Bhutan receive no funding and conditions and facilities are minimal and extremely basic.
The Bhutan Nuns Foundation (BNF) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2009 to help remedy this situation by implementing a systematic program to improve living conditions and provide practical education at each nunnery in Bhutan to make nunneries self-reliant institutions for women and a base from which the nuns can work on a range of projects in the community.
This year, the director of the Bhutan Nuns Foundation Dr. Tashi Zangmo, accompanied by a nun, has visited the UK to talk about her country and the organisation she started in 2009.