In a first, 20 Tibetan Buddhist nuns awarded Geshema degree

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama poses for a photo with the 20 Tibetan Buddhist nuns who received the Geshema degree, at Drepung monastery, Mundgod, India, on 22 December 2016.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama poses for a photo with the 20 Tibetan Buddhist nuns who received the Geshema degree, at Drepung monastery, Mundgod, India, on 22 December 2016. OHHDL/Tenzin Choejor

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MUNDGOD, India, 23 December 2016

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday awarded the Geshema (equivalent to doctorate in Buddhist philosophy) to around 20 nuns, a first in Tibetan history.

The nuns were awarded certificates along with a graduation cap in the traditional red and yellow colours at a convocation held at the Drepung Lachi monastery.

Among the recipients were five from the nunnery at the Mundgod camp and 15 from Himachal Pradesh, who have completed 18 years studying Buddhist philosophy.

Speaking on the occasion, the Dalai Lama said men and women have equal rights in Buddhist studies and that he was happy to award the degrees to the nuns. Tibetan prime minister-in-exile Lobsang Sangay and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.


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