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Druk Gawa Khilwa presently has 4 branches in India and Nepal:

  • Druk Gawa Khilwa, Kathmandu, on Druk Amitabha Mountain, is the main training center and currently, the administration headquarter of all the nunneries in the Himalayas
  • Druk Gawa Khilwa, Kortsa, located in a remote mountainous area in Ladakh, is one of the main retreat centers for nuns
  • Druk Gawa Khilwa, Shey, occupying the Naropa Palace (Naro Phodrang) in the compound of the Druk White Lotus School (also known as Druk Padma Karpo Institute), is one of the practice centers to support the locals and school children in their daily spiritual practice and development
  • Druk Gawa Khilwa, Lahaul, recently established, will also be a practice center to support locals in their spiritual practice and development

Those of us who are in solitary retreat stay in Kortsa and those of us who are learning Buddhist philosophy, rituals, English, Tibetan and ceremonial dances and being trained are staying in Kathmandu. At any one time, we are divided into two groups, taking turns to learn and practice in either locations. Some of the experienced nuns are stationed in our Shey and Lahaul branches, to support and teach the locals in their spiritual practice, especially in recitation, rituals and meditation.

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa takes personal care of us, our physical health and our spiritual development. He hopes to work together with a few masters of the Drukpa Lineage, who shares his vision of providing female practitioners equal opportunities as their male counterparts, to revive a spiritual lineage of Yoginis, unique and precious to his lineage in particular.

In October 2007, His Holiness handpicked 6 nuns to start them on the practice of the Six Yogas of Naropa. He had initially hoped to send them to H.E. Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche to be trained under the latter's guidance. Sadly, Rinpoche passed away unexpectedly in July 2007. Now, His Holiness has taken upon himself to train qualified nuns who have completed a certain number of preliminary practices, so that they will eventually be qualified to undertake Tantric Buddhist practices which will lead them on the path of enlightenment, within one lifetime.



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For all correspondences to any of the Druk Gawa Khilwa Abbey chapters, please write to:

GPO Box 6727, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: 9771 2072180 (Ext 200)
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