Previously, a small group of nuns at Atisha Centre made initial progress towards establishing a community. Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the name Machig Labdron.
In 2016, having returned to Melbourne, I offered my services to Rinpoche to work on the nunnery building project. When Venerable Rigsal and I moved to Atisha Centre in 2018, we were the only resident nuns. A year and a half later we were joined by Venerable Lekdron and Venerable Drime.
The location of the nunnery on the Great Stupa land has changed a number of times for various reasons - The Council wanting consolidation of areas of development, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice and CFA compliance concerns. Each change of site required the design to be re-worked and plans were re-drawn.
The current site provides a quiet space with suitable access to utilities and adjoining other areas of development. We are ready to proceed with working drawings once planning permission is granted.
Building Project Manager