3rd Arya Kshema



To further the nun’s study, the Karmapa announced that he would set up a common Kagyu monastic college (shedra) where women, both ordained and lay, could study the great philosophical treatises and do research at international standards. Recently the Karmapa had received an old text, in which the Ninth Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje (1556–1603) discussed the situation of the Kagyu monasteries of his time when shedras were widespread. The pages clearly describe the curriculum—the courses, the stages of study and the topics—so it is now possible to revive this traditional plan of study. The Karmapa also stated that nearby the shedra could be a home for the community of bhikshunis, so they could support each other in their special way of life.

The nuns also engaged in an extensive practice of the protector and yidam deity Tseringma. The Karmapa wished that the nuns would make an extensive practice of Tseringma and her four sisters a yearly event. To inspire the women in their path, the Karmapa also stated, “My hope is that each of the five Tseringma sisters will send an emanation as a nun to support the teachings. Maybe I’m being too bold, but it might just be possible.”

The Karmapa closed his teaching with the aspiration that through engaging in study and practice, the nuns would evolve into masters who could uphold, spread, and propagate the scriptures of the teachings and practice. This is important, he said, not just for nuns but for all living beings.

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