Support of the Buddhist Women's Educational Society 2012
In 2012 the Tibetan Department of Religon and Culture in Dharamsala (India) set up a Gelongma Final Research Committee. The Dolma Institute was asked to despatch two scholars to represent the Tibetan nuns interest for higher ordination to gelongma (bhiksuni) in the committee.
When the Foundation for Buddhist Studies was established, there was a desire to promote the establishment of the Bhiksuni Order (= Order of fully-ordinated Buddhist nuns) and the continued existence of the monastic orders of Buddhist monks and nuns in the Tibetan tradition.
The Foundation helped the Buddhist Women's Educational Society with funding this project to hire two Geshes to prepare documents to be presented during the committee meetings and the printing of these papers (constitution § 2 (2) Promotion of the Buddhist nuns' order).
The papers became part of a research volume published in Tibetan language the same year:
Gelongma Research Committee consisting of representatives of the four
main Tibetan Buddhist traditions and representatives of nuns (Bod kyi
chos brgyud chen po bzhi dang btsun ma’i sku tshab bcas kyi dge slong
ma’i nyams zhib tshogs chung). Treasury on the matter to be analyzed, i.e., whether the bhikṣuṇī [vow/ ordination lineage?] can be revived in the Mūlasarvāstivāda tradition (Gzhi thams cad yod par smra ba’i lugs la dge slong ma slar gso yod med dpyad gzhi lung gi bang mdzod).
Tibetan Report given on November 16, 2012.
Dharamsala: Department of Religion and Culture, Central Tibetan Administration (Bod mi’i sgrig ‘dzugs chos rig las khungs) 2013.