In 2017, DGLI, Inc. delineated our donation pathways so that all donations for Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo’s nunnery, Dongyu Gatsal Ling, will go through the project DGLI, and all donations for the other nunneries we support will go through this new project called Tsunma. Our online donation form will ask you to choose one.
Tsun: Tib. བཙུན་་ (adj.) pure, noble, disciplined, learned, virtuous and of good character, etc.
Tsunma: Tib. བཙུན་མ་་ (noun) the classical term for a Buddhist nun.
“Since the colloquial Tibetan term for a nun is usually ‘Ani’ meaning Aunt, we feel it is not suitable as an address for nuns who nowadays are both learned and disciplined as well as devoted to practice. Therefore both HH the Gyalwang Drukpa, head of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage, and HH the Gyalwang Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage, have decided that nuns should henceforth be addressed as ‘Tsunma,’ which is both respectful and accurate.”
~Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (March 2015)