Tayul in Tibetan means chosen place.

Tayul Gonpa is near and dear to Jetsunma’s heart. She spent six years there before entering into retreat in the cave. One of the oldest Drukpa Kagyu monasteries in the Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, Tayul Gonpa houses a 400-year-old statue of Padmasambhava and two of his protectors, as well as the entire Kangyur (precious scriptures) and thangkas portraying the life of Lord Buddha.

The monastery at Tayul Gonpa is currently not self-sustaining and cannot support the nutritional, medical, and safety needs of its aging nuns, who spend six months of the year in deep retreat. At present, the nuns at Tayul Gonpa share their offerings with their dharma sisters at other nunneries in the Gahar valley, including the hermitages of Lapchang and Peuker Gonpas, which are also in need of assistance.

Supporting these gonpas is critical so that these yoginis may continue their spiritual lives and preserve the unique spiritual legacy of the Lahaul region.

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