DHARAMSHALA: The Fourth Geshema examination started yesterday at Gaden Choeling Nunnery, Mcleod Ganj. It is scheduled to take place from 1 – 12 May 2016.
The exams are being organised according to the special regulation passed in 2012 and carried out under the supervision of the Board of Geshema Examination, which is comprised of representatives from Department of Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration, Tibetan Nuns Project, Institute of Buddhist Dialectics-Dharamshala and six concerned nunneries located in India and Nepal.
A total of 44 nuns from five nunneries in India and Nepal including the Kopan, Jangchup Choeling, Gaden Choeling, Dolma Ling and Jamyang Choeling Nunneries, are taking part in the Geshema examination.
The examination includes debate and written test in the five major texts of Buddhist studies. The evaluation of the debate test is done by four Geshe Lharamapas specially invited from Sera Jhe, Drepung Losel ling, Gaden Jangtse and Drepung Gomang monasteries.
While briefing the media, Kalon Mr Pema Chhinjor of the Department of Religion and Culture said, “The historic decision to award Geshema degrees to qualified nuns was reached in 2012 after a two-day meeting between high lamas, representative of nuns and members of the Tibetan Nun Project. Nuns who complete 17 years of studies with aggregate of 65 percent can sit for the Geshema examination.”
The Geshema examination is a rigorous process that takes four years in total, with one exam each year. Following the fourth exam, qualified nuns will receive the Geshema honour, thus fulfilling the longstanding aspiration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and marking a milestone in the development of nun’s education.