Ani Yosung Wangmo is the youngest of four siblings. Her parents died when she was very young and at first her grandfather took care of her. After he passed away, she was raised by her uncle and aunt. She was able to go to Monger Lower Secondary School and studied up to grade 6. One day, leaving all behind, she ran away to find her right path. Now she is at Drubdey Nunnery and would like to study well and serve the nunnery in whatever way she can.
Ani Tshokey Lhamo has eleven siblings and no father. Her grandfather and grandmother did the best they could to take care of her. She went to Kuengarabten Primary School up to grade three but could not go further as she was needed at home to help take care of the family. She would like to study and become a discipline master in the future.
Ani Tsultrim Drolkar is from Samdrub Choling Trongsa, Bhutan. She has two sisters and has studied in the government school up to class three. She is very interested in Buddhist text and has come to the nunnery to study them. She would like to study in the shedra and later would like to be a teacher.
Ani Pema Chozom is from Khamay, under Trongsa, Bhutan. She has seven siblings and she is the youngest. She was able to study up to class three in the government school. She likes playing ball, and skipping. She would like to join the shedra when she gets older and hopes to be a teacher in the future. She joined the nunnery in June 2015.
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.
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.
Ani Rigzin Meto is from Bumthang, Bhutan. She has studied up to the seventh grade in Bhutan’s public school. Her mother died when she was in the fourth grade and her father raised her and her younger sister. She likes to help poor people. She likes being with her friends and doing good things. She wants to be a nun for the rest of her life.
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.
Ani Choeying Lhamo is from Dolpa, Nepal. She has three brothers and one sister. She doesn’t have a father and her mother is a farmer. She says that her mother has to work very hard to provide for the family. Her mother sent her to be a nun through some of their relatives. She says she is very happy at Tek Chok Ling and that she enjoys everything about the nunnery and is studying very hard. She wants to learn everything about how to be a proper nun.
Ani Karma Seldron is from Samdrup Choling, Trongsa. Her mother died when she was born and her father died soon after. She was raised by foster parents. She has nine siblings. She studied up to the fourth grade at the Samdrub Choling school. She likes to study and play with her friends. She would like to be a teacher in the future.
Ani Jangchub Choden wears His Holiness Karmapa’s environment pin and is very interested in the environment. She is from Nepal near the Tibetan border, where her parents are farmers. She was only able to go to school for two years because she had to help her parents. She became sick. Her uncle, who is a monk at Swayambunath, advocated for her and brought her to Tek Chok Ling where she could receive an education.
Ani Tenzin Yangzom is from Mongar Chili, Bhutan. She has studied up to class eight in the government school. She has eight siblings. She says that when there are more children in the family then there are more problems and more difficulties. Therefore she decided be a nun in order to avoid worldly problems. Now for a better life and a better rebirth she would like to practice the dharma. If she practices dharma now she thinks she will be able to help her parents and others later on. In the future she would like to learn rituals, study texts, and would like to do retreat and go for pilgrimage. She would like to bring her youngest sister to the nunnery to be with her.
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.
Ani Karma Rinchen Lhamo is from Menjee Gewog Lhuntse, Bhutan. She has six sisters and one brother. Her parents as well as her siblings felt she should not become a nun. However, she insisted and ran away from home to fulfill her desire to become a nun. She has not been to the government school, but she completed the non-formal education provided by the Royal Government of Bhutan for the children of local villagers and farmers. She would like to join the shedra after completing her basic studies at the nunnery. She hopes to teach others what she learns about buddhism.
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.