Dechen Tsel is a Tibetan Buddhist Nunnery of the Drikung Kagyu lineage founded by His Eminence, Garchen Rinpoche. Currently, there are 100 nuns living, studying, and practicing the Dharma at Dechen Tsel. The Nunnery is located at an elevation of over 12,000 feet in an extraordinarily remote area of Nangchen, China (aka Nángqiān Xiān) in Garchen Rinpoche’s home village of Gargon. Gargon is situated in the Himalayan Mountains near the basin of the three mighty Asian rivers: the Mekong, the Yangtze, and the Yellow. Dechen Tsel Nunnery is a remarkably auspicious place for meditation and Dharma practice. The fourth Garchen Rinpoche conducted numerous retreats and accomplished 1,300,000,000 Chakrasamvara mantras at Dechen Tsel. Additionally, the Nunnery houses the reliquary stupa containing the holy body of Palgyi Senge, one of Guru Rinpoche’s 25 heart disciples.
Whereas the monks are given a stipend of $12 US Dollars each day, the nuns only receive $0.73 to $1.00 US Dollars per day
Photos courtesy of Bema Orser Dorje