Dharamshala: The convocation ceremony of the 6th batch of Geshema was held in Bodh Gaya on Monday, 27 November. A total of seven nuns were bestowed this highest academic degree awarded in Tibetan Buddhism which is equivalent to a Ph.D.
The ceremony was attended by Ngawang Tenzin, chair of the International Buddhist Confederation (IBC) as the chief guest, Karma Choedak (Chair of Kagyu Monlam Chenmo), Additional Secretary Kunga Gyaltsen, Nangsa Choedon (Director of Tibetan Nuns Project), Ngawang Tenzin (Principal of Dolmaling).
The director of the Tibetan Nun’s Project presented a brief report introducing the project while the principal of Dolmaling gave a background explanation of the Geshema degree. This was followed by the distribution of certificates by the chief guest.
Additional Secretary Kunga Gyatsen conveyed the congratulatory note to the recipients on behalf of the CTA. He encouraged the geshemas to educate the local community about the core values of Tibetan Buddhism and meanwhile urged them to corroborate with monastic institutions for maximum participation in the workshops pertaining introduction of modern science for monastics.
On the 25th and 26th of November, around 514 nuns participated in a philosophical debate.
In 2016, 20 nuns were conferred the 1st geshema by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Mundgod, Karnataka. Since then, a total of 60 geshemas have been conferred throughout 6 convocations.
-Reported by Department of Religion and Culture