Dharmadatta Nuns’ Community is a spiritual community grounded in friendship. We founded the community in 2009 as a place where women walking the Buddhist path as monastics in community can cultivate our hearts and minds together in both the Dharma and vinaya, or monastic training. Under the spiritual guidance of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, we undergo our training in India, and offer service in Latin America.

All the women in our community had professional and personal lives before becoming nuns. We were journalists, accountants, lawyers and schoolteachers. We led lives that met most worldly definitions of success, and had an ample share of life’s enjoyments. Yet in our own way we each experienced a lingering sense of dissatisfaction, an unspoken longing for a life of greater substance and more lasting value.

We have heard all the arguments that monasticism is irrelevant, outdated or inappropriate for Westerners. Yet we are walking this monastic path—and we walk it together—in the firm conviction that Buddhist monasticism is more relevant, appropriate and necessary now than ever before, and in the West more than anywhere else. To face our century’s unprecedented environmental and social crises, we believe that Buddhist monasticism has an important role to play, by demonstrating that it is absolutely possible to live rich and joyful lives with far less than our society would insist is indispensable for a happy life. Solving our environment and social ills will…read more