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Ani Tsering Youden

Ani Tsering Youden wanted to be a nun from an early age, because she says that it is the best way she can benefit sentient beings. Ani Tsering is fourteen years old and comes from Manang, in the Annapurna region of northwest Nepal, where her father herds cattle and her mother works in the fields. Her father wanted her to stay at home to work but her mother agreed that she could become a nun, and she came to Tek Chok Ling when she was ten. She likes doing pujas, learning English, cleaning, and whatever Khenpo Rinpoche says they should do. She says that even if they squabble sometimes, the young nuns always stay friends and help each other.