Nuns in rural Bhutan often live under very rough conditions and we are building basic infrastructure to keep them keep healthy and safe so that they can practice the dharma.
Monasteries once provided the only education in Bhutan and continue to provide excellent classical Buddhist philosophical study programs. But the lack of practical secular education has created a division between the monks and the society they are there to serve. Great potential exists for the monastic community to help the Bhutanese through common contemporary issues such as alcoholism, materialism, changes in family structures, depression and fear. But they must understand the world around them in order to help those who are caught in negative patterns. It is also understood that not all monastics will remain within the system; once they leave, they have few options to make a livelihood.