Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives is a nonprofit organization based in the United States. Through the generosity of donors worldwide it supports the activities of Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo.

Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives is a U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors. We are dedicated to supporting the life and mission of our Spiritual Director, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo and her projects. 

Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives was originally founded in 2008 as Friends of Dongyu Gatsal Ling with the intention of supporting the DGL Nunnery and its Endowment. By 2017, the scope of our mission had expanded and we made the decision to support two projects:

1) The DGL Nunnery Project and the DGL Nunnery Endowment Fund 

2) The Tsunma Project, which includes other female monastic projects and their communities

Spiritual Director

Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo lives at Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery in India. She provides leadership and inspiration to the Board of Directors in cultivating the altruistic attitude of bodhicitta as the primary motivation for every action they take on behalf of DGL Initiatives. She collaborates on nunnery projects, organizational structure, fundraising events, email marketing campaigns, and other projects as needed.

Board of Directors

Volunteers Needed!

Highly skilled and competent volunteers are welcomed in the areas of donor relations and advancement services, such as office administration, fundraising, publicity, social media, and related technologies. Proven knowledge in nonprofit management and administration is a plus. On-site administrative help in New York City would also be useful. If you’re interested, please fill out the online application form below:

DGLI Volunteer Application Form

URLs of interest

Dutch Foundation for Ladakhi Nuns


Yulokod studio

Acknowledgement of images

We thank the following for the use of their images on this website: Tsunma Kalden, Tsunma Jamyang, Tsunma Aileen Barry, Tsunma Dasel, Olivier Adam, Chrysanne Stathacos, Caterina De Re, Lynn Minervini. We apologize for any omissions.

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