Shedrub Development Fund

“A thousand candles can be lit from a single candle…” – The Buddha

An exceptional home for exceptional nuns: Nagi Gompa

Nagi Gompa nunnery sits on a mountainside high above the Kathmandu Valley and is home to more than 100 nuns associated with Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu. Here, nuns from all over the Himalayan region have come to study, practice and meditate in quiet and peaceful surroundings, and to receive opportunities generally unavailable to female practitioners previously.


At Nagi Gompa nuns are trained in classical Buddhist philosophy, as well as ritual arts and meditation practices. The nuns of Nagi Gompa are famous for their performance of “chod” – a ritualized dance form of Tibetan meditation which they have performed all over the world. In addition, more than 40 nuns at Nagi have completed at least one traditional 3-year retreat and, at present, many nuns are in lifetime retreat.
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See the Nagi Gompa nuns performing chod

In recent years, because of the influx of so many new nuns from Nepal and Tibet, facilities at the mountainside hermitage have become strained. In 2011 construction was begun on a new accommodation block and this work was completed in May 2015.

Fortunately, the new block survived the April 2015 earthquakes intact but the main temple was damaged and needs retrofitting if it is to be made safe and brought back into use. Regrettably many of the nun’s old quarters collapsed as did Gelong Gompa just below the nunnery and these must now be rebuilt.

Your generous donation will help to complete the retrofitting and reconstruction work at Nagi Gompa and so support these exceptional women. If you would like to make a donation, please click below!

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