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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 Karma Tsomo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Okhol Dunga, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Tsomo is from Okhol Dunga, Nepal. She has three sisters and two brothers. Her mother lives in her village. She has never met her father. She is a relative of Ani Karma Samten, a nun at Tek Chok Ling. She went to school for three years in her village where the only subject taught was Nepali. Here at Tek Chok Ling she is excited about being able to study Tibetan, English, mathematics, Chinese and Nepali. She also looks forward to studying the texts and rituals of buddhism. She likes Tek Chok Ling, the access to education, the food and her new friends. She wants to study hard and become a teacher to help the Tek Chok Ling nuns.

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Ani Karma Samten
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Okhol Dunga, Nepa
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Samten is from Okhol Dunga, Nepal. She has four brothers and one sister. Her parents live in her village where she was born. She went to school for five years and studied English, Nepali, and mathematics; but no Tibetan. One of her brothers suggested to her that she might like being a nun and brought her to Tek Chok Ling. She has a nun friend at Tek Chok Ling who has helped her adjust to being a nun. She is happy to be studying at Tek Chok Ling and mathematics is her best subject. She is excited about learning the stories of the Buddha and studying the texts and rituals. She likes Tek Chok Ling and wants to be a good nun. In the future she hopes to help people whenever possible.

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Ani Kelsang Dolma
Birth Year:
1989
Village:
Tibet
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Kelsang Dolma is from Tibet. She has three sisters and two brothers. When she was seventeen her parents sent her to Nepal with a group of business people telling her she would be happy as a nun in Nepal. It took her fifteen days to make the trip from Tibet to Nepal. She started her experience of being in a monastery at Thubten Choling Monastery, located high in the remote mountains of Nepal, by working there for three years before becoming a nun. There are about 700 monks and nuns at Thubten Choling, and due to its remoteness, limited resources, and large Tibetan refugee population, it is a challenging situation. She has returned to Tibet twice. The first trip was successful but on her second trip she was jailed for forty-five days and then sent back to Nepal. Her father passed away a month ago and a relative who is a monk brought her to Tek Chok Ling. She has never had the opportunity to go to school before arriving at Tek Chok Ling. She is very happy to be able to study and to receive training in texts and rituals. She says that the nuns at Tek Chok Ling are very nice and the food is very good! She is finally happy being a nun. In the future she hopes to be able to do good.

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Ani Ugyen Lhamo
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Mongar Chili, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Ugyen Lhamo is from Mongar Chili, Bhutan. She has eight siblings, five sisters and three brothers. She has studied up to class eight in the government school. When asked why she decided to be a nun; she said that she believes that if she practices dharma it will benefit her in this life and in the next life. With this kind of benefit, she feels she will be able to help others. She feels that if she practices dharma she will be independent and self-dependent. After her studies she would like to serve the nunnery in whatever way she can.

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Ani Yosel Drolma
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2001
Village:
Mongar Chili, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Yosel Drolma is from Mongar Chili, Bhutan. She has studied up to class seven in the government school. She has four siblings of which she is the oldest. She says that she has come to the nunnery to practice dharma. She thinks that if she practices dharma this will benefit her in this life time and in her next life time. She also feels that it will benefit her parents. She feels that if she stays homes she will have lots of problems with worldly activities. In the futures she plans to study well and she would like to serve the nunnery in whatever way she can.

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Ani Sherab Dolma
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1988
Village:
Tatopani, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Sherap Dolma (Wisdom Tara) is from a Sherpa area in Tatopani, Nepal. Her parents are farmers and she has four sisters and two brothers. She helped her family by collecting firewood and tending livestock. Her sister, a nun, explained to her about dharma, how good it is and how much it helps at the time of death and transition (bardo), so Ani Sherap Dolma became a nun. She likes drawing, learning Tibetan and English at Tek Chok Ling and is skilled at dharma dances.

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Ani Kunzang Dolma
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2008
Village:
Kalikhola, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Kunzang Dolma is from Kalikhola, Nepal. Her parents are farmers. She has one elder brother, one younger brother and one younger sister. She was able to go to school till grade 5 in her village but in her school there was no English or Tibetan. She was brought to Tek Chok Ling Nunnery by her uncle who is a monk living at Benchen Monastery. She joined the nunnery at the end of 2017. She is very happy to live and study with her new friends at the nunnery.

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Ani Sonam Chozom
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2011
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Sonam Chozom is from Yolmo, Nepal. Her parents are farmers and she has two younger sisters. After the earthquake with her family falling on hard times her parents decided it would be best for her if she lived at Tek Chok Ling Nunnery. Here she joins her cousin/sister Ani Tsultrim Dolma who also lives and studies at Tek Chok Ling.  She joined the nunnery at the end of 2017. She is happy playing and studying in the nunnery with her many friends.

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Ani Sherab Sangmo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1996
Village:
Rukum, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Sherap Sangmo comes from Rukum, an area of hills and lakes in western Nepal. She comes from a farming family of eight. Her mother asked her if she would like to become a nun, and she said,"yes!" Her brother brought her to Kathmandu. She likes life at Tek Chok Ling better than life in Rukum. She is learning the English and Tibetan alphabets and is also learning Tara practice. When she arrived she spoke only her local language, and had no Tibetan or Nepali. Now she speaks both!

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Ani Jangchub Dolma
Birth Year:
1985
Village:
Solukhumbu, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Jangchub Dolma is from Solukhumbu, Nepal, a Sherpa district in the Himalayas and is one of six siblings in a family that farms potatoes, corn and barley. The family had some difficulties and sickness prevented her from continuing with school. She remained sick a lot with an ailment like epilepsy, but would help her mother when she was well enough. Ani Jangchub Dolma has now been able to have western medicine and is being helped by a hospital that is near Tek Chok Ling. She says she still gets sick sometimes but is a lot better than when she was home. She likes drawing and is an active participant in learning to draw mandalas. She also likes studying English and Tibetan.

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Ani Sherab Chozom
Birth Year:
1975
Village:
Nyemo, Tibet
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
When she was a child in Tibet, Ani Sherap Chozom wanted to be a nun and told her farmer parents so. She was able to become one at age 15 at Drolma Puhk in Tibet but was subject to Chinese interrogation and finally their order to stop being a nun. She stayed at home not wearing robes for one year and then walked for 12 days and nights to reach Nepal, fearful the whole time of being caught by the Chinese. Crossing rivers and mountains without adequate food she finally made it to Nepal where she received Khenpo Rinpoche’s blessing and also went to Dharamsala, India, where she met the Dalai Lama and also received his blessing. She then returned to Yolmo in Nepal where she accomplished a three-year retreat as well as an additional one-year retreat. Ani Sherap Chozom likes meditating, working, pujas and study. She has served as Tel Chok Ling’s discipline master, as well as caring for the sick and looking after the cleaning of the nunnery, which is a big job in Kathmandu’s dust and din. She wants to “continue to be a nun and practice well.”

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.