(TibetanReview.net, Nov08, 2017) – Six Tibetan Buddhist nuns were conferred their Geshema degree in Dharamshala on Nov 5, becoming the second batch of such nuns to be honoured with the highest level of achievement in the field. The degrees were presented by the Ven Karma Gelek Yuthok, the Kalon (Minister) for Religion and Culture of the Central Tibetan Administration, at a ceremony held at the Dolma Ling Nunnery at the Norbulinkga Institute.
Delek Wangmo of Dolma Ling Nunnery top scored with 79.27 percent marks. She has called her success a culmination of more than 20 years’ study. She has said her aim was to serve the community and hoped to be of help in various Tibetan Buddhist nunneries in India.
The convocation ceremony to honour the first batch of Geshema graduates was held at the Drepung Monastery in the Mundgod Tibetan settlement last year. At that time, 20 nuns received their degree from Tibet’s spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
It takes 21 years of study to earn a Geshema degree. Nuns must study the Five Great Canonical Texts (Shungchen Kapoe Nga) for 17 years in their respective nunneries. After successful completion, they enroll for the four-year course for earning the degree.