POSTPONED: Improving Educational Opportunities for Ordained Tibetan Women: A Thirty Year Project

POSTPONED: This event with Elizabeth Napper will be rescheduled at a later date. We will update this page once a future date has been decided. We apologize for the inconvenience.


The Tibetan Nuns Project was founded in 1987 and became active in 1990. Over the years we were able to encourage nunneries of all four major Tibetan Buddhist traditions to open up educational opportunities for the nuns of their traditions. At present nuns of all four traditions are engaged in the same higher studies that have been traditionally followed by monks. This talk will take an overview of that time period and consider some of the factors that made such progress possible.

About the speaker

Dr. Elizabeth Napper is Co-Director of the Tibetan Nuns Project, an NGO that has been working in India since 1987 with nunneries representing all the main Tibetan Buddhist traditions helping them to develop educational programmes for their nuns. A major part of that effort was establishing the program of studies and testing that have led to, beginning in 2016, the historic granting to nuns, upon completion of a seventeen year course of study and four years of testing, of the Geshema degree.

Dr. Napper received her Ph.D. in Buddhist studies from the University of Virginia and has taught at the University of Virginia, Stanford University, and the University of Hawaii. She is author of Dependent-Arising and Emptiness, co-author of Fluent Tibetan, editor of Mind in Tibetan Buddhism, and co-editor of Kindness, Clarity, and Insight by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Dr. Napper divides her time between the Pacific Northwest and Dharamsala, India.

This talk is co-sponsored by the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

2 responses to “POSTPONED: Improving Educational Opportunities for Ordained Tibetan Women: A Thirty Year Project”

  1. Jen

    I was wondering if Elizabeth’s talk will be live streamed or video recorded, I would like to share it on my Facebook page and website, with Elizabeth’s permission.

    Many thanks,

    1. james binks

      Dear Jen,

      Unfortunately, we are postponing this event out of an abundance of caution due to the developing COVID-19 situation. We will reschedule at a later date and be sure to update this page and our newsletter. As of now, we have no plans to live stream or video record the talk.

      Thank you,
      Himalaya Program

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