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Project Update

Published in 2005 and followed by an English back translation in 2007, Healthy Body, Healthy Mind is a simplified version of Our Bodies, Ourselves designed to address the needs of Tibetan nun refugees in India. It has substantial original content and draws from another well known resource  Where Women Have No Doctor  published by the Hesperian Foundation.

The initial impetus came from a lack of comprehensive reproductive health information among Tibetan Buddhist nuns in Dharamshala India. The book was ultimately developed to address the needs of all Tibetan and ethnically Tibetan women in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet.

For those of us unfamiliar with the region, ethnically Tibetan women belong to Himalayan regions such as Ladakh, Spiti, and Lahul that may not identify as Tibetan but have cultural and ethnic similarities.   

Since publication, the book has been distributed and used in health trainings and education by nunneries, schools, hospitals, community health centers, women's organizations, religious and political groups throughout the region. The coordinating group believes it is a book for everyone; and in its foreword, His Holiness the Dalai Lama reaffirms its importance from a public health and cultural standpoint.

If you would like more information about this project and explore ways you might get involved, please contact the OBOS Global Initiative staff.

Meet the Coordinating Group

Did you know that it takes $1 a day to cover the basic needs of a nun living in Northern India? 

The Tibetan Nuns Project was established over two decades ago to support a tremendous influx of nuns escaping Tibet in search of religious and educational freedom in India.

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Looking for a Copy?

If you would like copies of the Tibetan adaptation or the English back-translation, please visit Paljor Publication for details.

In addition, the Tibetan Nuns Project has an office in Seattle. You may send an email to tnpusa@igc.org or call 206- 652-8901 for information on obtaining copies.

The OBOS Global Initiative also has a limited number of books in stock. Please contact program staff if you live in the US and would like a copy. 

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