The Nuns Ordination Ceremony, the first time the Getsulma Dhompa vows were taken on a large scale was held as a result of the discussion and debate at the 1st International Buddhist Nuns Conference on the topic of the ordination of nuns in Bhutan. The ceremony was organised by BNF and FFM is honoured to have the opportunity to fully support this very significant event.
Period: May 2014
The very significant Getsulma Dhompa (second level ordination) ceremony for 141 nuns from 7 nunneries was presided by His Holiness the Je Khenpo (the Chief Abbot of Bhutan’s Central Monastic Body) and attended by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. The ceremony was conducted at the Sangchhen Dorji Sendrup nunnery in Punakha.
The ordination ceremony was a very moving one and many tears flowed as HH the Je Khenpo spoke the special dedication to groups of three nuns each. The elderly nuns were especially moved as they had been unaware of how and where to receive ordination in Bhutan. In his closing speech, HH the Je Khenpo held everyone’s undivided attention as he explained the significance of the ordination. To quote Her Majesty the Queen Mother, ‘This is a historical day’.
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