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

FFM Support building of the Bhutan Nuns Training Center

After much support for the basic needs of Nuns in Bhutan since 2012, now FFM are ready to work with ...
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Official handover of Anim (Nuns) Hostel @ the Samten Choling Nunnery

The official handover of the Anim (Nuns) Hostel @ the Samten Choling Nunnery is another FFM's successful joint project with ...
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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

To keep running the nunnery is challenging. Some nuns get discouraged and leave. Likewise I get discouraged. Each time BNF came, the nuns and I are re-energized. I feel more encouraged with FFM’s support and in their valuing us. This has encouraged us and planted the seed in our mind to make the best of what we have …
LamaYeshiDorji
--Head Monk Teacher Lama Yeshi Dorji of Shedrup Choling nunnery who founded the nunnery 10 years ago at the request of the local community, and who had compassionately donated one of his kidneys to his friend’s mother so that she could continue farming and earn a livelihood

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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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