Empowering Women and Nuns in Bhutan2020-02-13T12:52:37-08:00


The mission of the Bhutan Nuns Foundation (BNF) is to empower and educate Bhutanese women and young girls who are in the nunneries.

Through your support, we can improve the living conditions, health and well-being of nuns, provide quality education and services, and foster self-reliance. This in turn helps preserve Bhutan’s strong, sustainable culture and promotes nuns, other women and girls as agents of social change in a rapidly changing modern society.

In 2009, under the Patronage and initiative of Her Majesty the Queen Mother, Tshering Yangdoen Wangchuck, the founding Executive Director, Dr. Tashi Zangmo, helped actualize the BNF as an organization, and today continues to guide and implement its plans and programmes.

Mission & Vision


A few kilometers outside Bhutan’s capital of Thimpu, traditionally constructed buildings of the BNF’s Training and Resource Centre are nearing completion. In May 2019, the first resident nuns arrived, and are now serving children of the laborers on site. Scheduled to open fully in 2020, the Centre will provide a full range of programs for female monastics and lay women following the Buddhist path, and serve as a retreat center offering meditation and regenerative workshops, trainings and classes.

The foundation still needs to raise funds to finish construction, and then to plan and support 2020’s first trainings and programmes.

Traditions and Progress

Conference Postponed

We at the Bhutan Nuns Foundation have been looking forward to our second International Buddhist Nuns Conference: Inspire, Nurture, Empower: Becoming a Positive Agent of Change, scheduled for 21–23 June 2021.

Unfortunately, the ongoing global pandemic and predictions that COVID-19 will continue to impact our lives into the foreseeable future make it increasingly unlikely that the conference will happen as originally planned. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page and this website for future updates about this conference. Thank you.

Announcing $100,000 Matching Challenge for BNF Donations

As a challenge this new year, we’re looking to support the construction of the Training and Resource Centre. With the help of an inspired donor, we are excited to announce a donation matching challenge program for 2020!

Every time we raise $5,000 in donations to this project, we will receive a matching check, up to a total of $100,000 for the year!

Please learn more by reading this announcement from the Bhutan Foundation, our US-based fiscal sponsor. Your contributions will now go twice as far towards building the center – we appreciate your generous support!


And How We Help…


And current activities…

Annual Report 2018

This was a very good year for the Bhutan Nuns Foundation, with much progress made on the new Training and Resource Centre.

Ani Rigzin Lhamu

Ani Rigzin Lhamu has completed five years of studies and become an indigenous medicine doctor

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