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Your sponsorship makes it possible for nuns from Tibet, Himalayan regions of Nepal, and Bhutan to study and practice in Khenpo Rinpoche's nunneries.

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Ani Pasang Lhamo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2001
Village:
Dolpo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Pasang Lhamo comes from the Dolpo region of Nepal, where her family farms and herds. Her father takes care of the yaks and goats, her mother cooks and does other chores, and the children gather forage and work in the fields. Two of her three brothers are monks and one of her three sisters is a nun. When Ani Pasang was seven years old her mother told her that life would be difficult if she stayed in the village, and brought her to Tek Chok Ling so that she could study and receive an education. Ani Pasang is now eleven. She is learning Tibetan, English, and Nepali, and enjoys life at the nunnery, particularly Rinpoche and her friends.

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Ani Karma Tsundue Chodron
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2002
Village:
Wangdi Phodrong, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Tsundue Chodron has studied up to grade 3 in the Bhutanese government school. She became quite ill and was not able to continue her studies. A lama predicted that she should come to our nunnery and become a nun. She did this in October 2015. She is very happy with her new friends at the nunnery and she would like to study in the shedra in the future. After her studies, she would like to serve our nunnery and then she would like to help her parents. She is the youngest of four siblings.

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Ani Karma Yangzom
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2004
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Karma Yangzom is from Yolmo, Nepal. She has one brother and one sister. She went to school in her village for four years where she learned English and Nepali. Along with school, she helped her parents and grandmother by collecting grasses and firewood. During the earthquake her school was destroyed, her aunt, Ani Tsultrim Dolma, a long time nun at Tek Chok Ling, invited her to come to live at Tek Chok Ling. She is very happy to able to be a nun here. Along with English and Nepai, she is able to learn Tibetan, mathematics, Chinese and be a nun. She says she also likes the food at Tek Chok Ling! She wants to be a good nun and help other people.

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Ani Pema Khandro
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1998
Village:
Wangdi, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
2013 shedra
Ani Pema Khandro was born on May 5, 1998 in Wangdue Choling Bhutan, in a village called Samdrup Jongkhar. In Bhutan it was a little bit tough, she says. She lived with her grandma and grandpa who were very old and went to school until Grade 6, in 2010. However, after a while, they couldn’t afford to pay the school fees any longer, so her grandmother asked her to become a nun and she did. She moved to Boudhanath and at first stayed with her cousins. While she was there she heard that her grandmother died so she went back to Bhutan for the ceremony before returning to become a nun. Her brother is a monk at Shechen Monastery and he helped her to find Tek Chok Ling. She says, “Everything is beautiful here and the education is good.” She likes reading in all languages and is able to read in Tsongkhar, the main language of Bhutan and English. Now she is learning to read in Nepali and Tibetan. On her day off each week she likes to circumambulate the stupa in Bhoudhanath

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Ani Ngawang Namsang
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1984
Village:
Tibet
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Ngawang Namsang is from Tibet. She grew up in a family that farmed. Both of her parents are alive. She has three elder sisters and three younger brothers. She comes from a very cold place in Tibet. She has worked hard all her life. She decided that she would like to become a nun so that she could study the dharma and be of benefit to beings. She is very happy at Tek Chok Ling with her teachers, her studies, and her new friends.

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Ani Deki Chodron
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2008
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Deki Chodron is the eldest among three siblings. Her parents are divorced and she was raised by her grandma and her mother. Her Grandma sent her to study Buddhism in the nunnery. She likes playing with her new friends and she likes going to school in Kuengarabten pry School. In the future she would like join the shedra and she hopes to do retreat.

The Benefits of Nun Sponsorship

The KTGR Nuns Sponsorship Program provides all the nuns at Tek Chok Ling (Nepal) and Karma Drubdey (Bhutan) with proper education, nutritious food, comfortable housing, medical care, books, and the chance to fully engage in the practice of the Buddha’s teachings.

Your tax-deductible support of $2 a day (or less than 2 € a day) makes this possible for over 120 nuns from Tibet, Himalayan regions of Nepal, and Bhutan.

Khenpo Rinpoche's nuns combine traditional dharma study and practice with Rinpoche's instructions on the view and meditation. They demonstrate this through singing Milarepa songs, performing their Tara dance, and practicing lujong (physical yoga).

Sponsors receive bi-annual letters from their nun and periodic updates from the Nun Sponsorship coordinators.

For more information or questions, contact joanne@marpafoundation.org.