Let’s Get Behind the New Nunnery
The new nunnery outside Bendigo in Victoria is starting to move. Machig Labdron Nun’s Community will share a site with the Great Stupa for Universal Compassion, Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery and Atisha Centre so will be part of a Buddhist oasis in Australia.
It will provide nuns with a conducive environment to live in their vows and to dedicate their lives to the study of the dharma, practice and retreat. It provides a precious opportunity in today’s world of increasing self-obsession and distraction.
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche said: “The more you live in pure ordination, the less negative karma you create. By renouncing life as a householder and living as Sangha, not only do you create less negative karma, but you also cut down a lot on external work and other activities. This leaves you much more time for meditation and study; you have fewer distractions. Thus, there are many advantages to being ordained: more time to study and meditate, more time to develop your mind.”
Buddhism exists more than 2,500 years after the Buddha passed away because of the education provided by monasteries and nunneries over the centuries. Similarly, these institutions are vital to preserving Buddhism in Australia.
A site for the nunnery has been chosen on the 89-hectare (220-acre) site where the Buddhist projects are located about 15 minutes’ drive from Bendigo. It will be on a cleared area which will reduce the need to cut down trees or disturb native vegetation.
The proposed nunnery will have accommodation for up to 16 nuns as well as a gompa and communal facilities. It will be a passive house design aiming for low energy consumption and high comfort. The site slopes to the north and the plan is to have a lower floor cut into the earth on three sides with a northerly aspect.
A revised master plan for the whole site will be re-submitted to the Bendigo City Council to comply with new regulations, passed after the master plan was first submitted, for stricter fire safety ratings and greater preservation of indigenous vegetation.
Once that has been approved detailed plans will be drawn up with a local sustainable architect. Project Manager, Ven Tenzin Tsapel, says the project has seed funding and as plans consolidate a detailed fund-raising campaign will be launched to inform interested parties and gain the support to complete the project.
She said it was auspicious that Rinpoche made a generous donation and offered the nunnery the large White Tara statue offered to him during the Long Life Puja at the retreat in Bendigo in 2018.
For more information contact Ven Tsapel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Donations can be made at here