Bhutan

FFM’s involvement with Bhutan began in 2011 following a meeting between FFM Exco members and Dr Tashi Zangmo, Founder of the Bhutan Nuns Foundation (BNF). Established in 2009, BNF seeks to improve the quality of life and education of all Buddhist nuns throughout Bhutan regardless of sectarian difference.

Since 2012, FFM in collaboration with BNF has participated in a number of initiatives including the Bhutan Nuns sponsorship programme and construction of nuns’ living quarters. FFM has also provided support through financial contributions for a number of projects in Bhutan including the 1st International Buddhist Nuns Conference held in Paro, Bhutan in December 2013 and the first ever large-scale Nuns ordination ceremony held in Punakha, Bhutan in May 2014.

FFM volunteers have made a total of three trips to Bhutan in 2013 and 2014 and experienced firsthand the challenges and difficulties in reaching nunneries located in remote areas. In addition to the difficult geographical terrain, there are also accommodation constraints, thus limiting humanitarian visits to Bhutan to small groups.

Focus of Our Mission
Dhammaduta

  • Nuns Sponsorship Programme
  • Construction of Nuns Living Quarters
  • Support of projects on ad-hoc basis including 1st International Buddhist Nuns Conference in Bhutan and Nuns Ordination Ceremony
  • Nuns Healthcare Fund

Project Updates & Recent News

Bhutan Nuns Sponsorship Programme

Bhutan Nuns Sponsorship Programme 不丹比丘尼 赞助计划 The Bhutan Nuns sponsorship programme helps to provide food and basic essentials for nuns ...
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[Bhutan] Nuns Healthcare Fund

Project Summary: The Nuns Healthcare Fund was established to enable nuns to seek necessary medical treatment. Period: since May 2013 ...
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[Bhutan] Shedrup Choling Nunnery Construction

Project Summary: The construction of a nuns living quarters for the nuns at Upper Chothpo Goenpa nunnery. Period: January 2014 ...
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[Bhutan] Upper Chothpo Goenpa Nunnery Construction

Project Summary: The construction of a two-storey building comprising of classrooms and living quarters for the nuns at Upper Chothpo ...
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[Bhutan] Nuns Ordination Ceremony

Project Summary: The Nuns Ordination Ceremony, the first time the Getsulma Dhompa vows were taken on a large scale was ...
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[Bhutan] The First International Buddhist Nuns Conference

Project Summary: The 1st International Buddhist Nuns Conference was organised by BNF to provide an important platform for discussion and ...
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[Bhutan] Nuns Sponsorship Programme

Project Summary: The Bhutan Nuns sponsorship programme aims to improve the basic quality of life for nuns and nunneries through ...
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Voices from the Heart

FFM Bridge Project - A Reflection by Bro Lim Joon Hiang

FFM Bridge Project @ Kyugayet Village Myanmar

缅甸的“心桥”- J H Lim’s 心灵感悟
多年以来村民们只利用竹筏渡过大河,作为日常的运作活动,可是当河水泛滥时,大河却给村民带来了危险和不便。现在当我亲睹一道长约215英尺的钢骨水泥大桥屹立在大河上,我感触良深。
犹记两年多前,我随萤火之光常年探访缅甸时,因多次的接触,和 Kyugayet Village 的村长村民有深厚交情,在一次闲谈时,他们向我们表达一个意愿--希望建造一道坚固的桥,给邻近多个村落的村民有更完善的交通。接着多次和常驻缅甸的曾兄沟通后,我愿意出资建造这道桥,我感恩萤火之光大家庭给予我的支持和机会。历经两年的艰辛,钢骨水泥大桥终于在今年初大功告成!获知工程圆满完成的消息后,我内心激动且感动,兴奋之情非笔墨能形容!
不简单的任务在多方的努力合作下,实现了萤火之光的承诺和村民的梦想,感恩感恩还是感恩。。。。。。
点滴积累的善心,奉献生命的爱心,默默等待的耐心,满满感恩的热心,桥建立起来了!一道桥竟然联系村庄邻近的九个小村落,让农耕度日的村民们受益,他们天天可以更方便更安全地把米菜瓜果载运市场贩卖。一道桥也更巩固新缅两国的友谊关系!
“心桥”落成,萤火之光的弟兄代表,装满激动的心情,亲赴村民们盛情的邀约,出席了“心桥”的通行庆典。我们眼见“心桥”的坚固,村民们欢愉的神情,萤火之光的弟兄们,怎会不触动心灵深处,怎会不潸然泪下呢?!施比受最幸福,善哉!善哉!

Bro Lim Joon Hiang

SBS Kathina Reflection 2014

Like all Firefly Mission trips, this trip to SBS has been a very fruitful and enjoyable one for me due to a few reasons. Firstly is because I have just finished my End-Of-Year examinations and is relaxing while awaiting my results so this trip serves as a relaxant for me and also doubles up as a reward too for finishing the school year.

Secondly, there are many new faces and each one of them brings an element of refreshment because we get to talk to different people and not just to the same old-timers. They are like patches adding their own stories to the firefly mission quilt and this in turns make Firefly Mission more interesting and less mundane.

Thirdly, this trip is filled with visits to other Buddhist Organizations like Tzu Chi on Day 1 and Nalanda on Day 4 and is therefore very rewarding to our spiritual life. These organizations show us around their “campus”, as they serve as schools for the Dharma, and even host us for delicious lunches, they also inspire us as they have done much meaningful work too and have gained many supporters, even those from overseas.

Lastly, I enjoyed this trip very much too because like all Firefly Mission trips it has successfully incorporated the elements of relax and learning into the trip itinerary. No one will forget the beautiful hotels that we stayed in especially the boutique hotel on day 1 and the five-star hotel on day 3. All in all, I took a lot out of this trip and I hope to be able to go for more trips in the near future.

Graeme_SBS2014
Graeme participated in the alms round
Photo Credit: Bro Goh KS

Graeme (Bro Arnold's Son)

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