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The nuns of Bigu Nunnery, Nepal, are sponsored to complete two 100 Million Mani Retreats each year through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund.

Every year since 2009, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has sponsored the nuns of Bigu Nunnery to complete one and now two 100 Million Mani Retreat (100 million recitations of the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM). This is offered through the kindness of a benefactor and the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund. To date the following has been sponsored:

  • 2009: One retreat was sponsored during Saka Dawa
  • 2010: One retreat was sponsored during Saka Dawa
  • 2011: One retreat was sponsored during Saka Dawa
  • 2012: Two retreats were sponsored over Saka Dawa
  • 2013: Two retreats were sponsored beginning on Lama Tsongkhapa Day

In addition to the 100 Million Mani Retreats taking place over the next six months, the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund is offering all the cost of food to all the nuns for this period as well as the cost of a very qualified geshe to stay during the retreat in order to give lam-rim teachings. This is very important for the nuns’ studies. The retreat lasts three months and about seventy nuns participate. Each nun doing the recitations receives a small offering and the nunnery also receives an offering. This is the main means of support for the nuns and the nunnery.

The nunnery has also managed to save a little from the last five years of offerings to rebuild the nunnery kitchen. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote a letter to the nuns encouraging them in their efforts and explaining why these retreats and their other Dharma practices are so imperative and beneficial.

My concern is that the Dharma knowledge alone and experience to tame the mind does not produce a good heart. One does not get realizations of paths and grounds that is needed through meditating on the path along with collecting merits and purification of obscurations. Even if one does get a little education and then leaves the nunnery, then goes on to work for money. Then one gives up the ethics of the individual liberation vow that leads one to the state of liberation. I hope it won’t happen like that….

Since the start of reciting 100 million mani mantras, because of this all the surrounding areas will have rain on time and good harvests. It happens just like the story of the four harmonious friends. This is the sign that you all did good practice by reciting the 100 million mani mantras. And also it is the blessing of Arya Avalokiteshvara [In Tibetan: Chenrezig]….

 You are welcome to contribute to the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Fund which supports these yearly retreats.

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