Buddhism was first introduced from India to Tibet in the 6th century and was firmly established throughout Tibet in the 8th century. The aim of spiritual development in Tibetan Buddhism is to achieve enlightenment in order to help all beings be free from suffering, and filled with happiness. On the path to enlightenment one gradually cultivates compassion and wisdom through progressive stages of intellectual analysis and meditation on the nature of reality.
Orgyen Samye Chökhor Ling Nunnery opened in March 2003. The nunnery was inaugurated and consecrated in November 2006 by the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches, reflecting their commitment to provide equal education for both men and women. Women have historically played a significant role in helping to uphold many Dharma lineages in Tibet. By establishing the first Buddhist nunnery in the holy land of Sarnath, the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches have created a wonderful opportunity for female practitioners to lead a very meaningful and fruitful life as they deepen their knowledge of Dharma teachings on love, compassion, and wisdom, and learn important skills to help others.