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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 Zopa Lhamo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2001
Village:
Dolpa, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Zopa Lhamo is from Dolpa, Nepal. Her father passed away over five years ago. She has one brother and two sisters, one of which is a nun. She went to school in the village. And after school collected firewood and worked in the kitchen with her mother. When one of the Tek Chok Ling nuns returned to Dolpa after the earthquake to see her family, Ani Zopa Dolpa met her and decided that she too wanted to be a nun. She and her cousin, Ani Karma Samten Dolma, with help from their relatives, traveled to Tek Chok Ling to become nuns. She says she is very happy at the nunnery and she doesn’t need to visit her old village. She likes going to school at Tek Chok Ling and her best subjects are Tibetan and English. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She likes all the nuns, the food, and everything at the nunnery.

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Ani Damcho Drolma
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2012
Village:
Baling Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Damcho Drolma is studying in Kuengarabten Pre-school in class PP.

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Ani Zopa Drolma
Birth Year:
2006
Village:
Baling, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Zopa went up to study grade 6 and then decided to become a nun. She became nun in September 2020. She would like to study in Shedra and become a teacher if she can.

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Ani Tashi Palmo
Birth Year:
2009
Village:
Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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Ani Jinpa Dolma
Birth Year:
2012
Village:
Baling, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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Ani Dechen Lhamo
Birth Year:
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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Ani Karma Phuntsho Wangmo
Birth Year:
1996
Village:
Zhemgang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Phuntsho Wangmo came to the nunnery in 2011. She studied in the Bhutanese public school through Grade 7 and speaks Dzongkha and English. She likes to play with her friends and to study. She would like to join in retreat.

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Ani Sangay Palzom
Birth Year:
1937
Village:
Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Sangay Palzom was born in 1937 and came to the nunnery in 2008 when her husband passed away. She gets up early and recite mantras the whole day through. She makes prayers for all sentient beings.

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Ani Chopel Sangmo
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Timpu, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Chopel Sangmo is from Bhutan, where she has two sisters and one brother. Her father and mother work in Thimpu as a driver and a vegetable shopkeeper, respectively. She became a nun at age nine. Her brother is a monk and Ani Chopel Sangmo felt she would have a better life as a nun. Lama Tendzin from Pullahari arranged things so that she could attend the Sri Mangal Dvip School, the first Tek Chok Ling nun to do so. She likes studying English, Tibetan and Nepali as well as science, math and computers. When asked what she likes best at Tek Chok Ling, she responds, “cleaning up the nunnery.”

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Ani Karma Tsultrim
Birth Year:
2011
Village:
JeePam, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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Ani Yudruk Drolma
Birth Year:
1992
Village:
Bumthang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Yudruk Dolma is from Bumthang, Bhutan. She joined the nunnery in March 2020. She is the youngest among eight siblings. She studied up to grade ten. It is her own wish to become nun. She would like to study in Shedra and would like to serve the nunnery.

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Ani Tashi Sertsho
Birth Year:
Village:
Kuengarabten, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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Ani Migyur Paldron
Birth Year:
2006
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Migyur Paldron completed class six in Sakteng Lower Secondary School. She is youngest of four siblings. After studying in the shedra she wants to be a teacher.

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Ani Tsultrim Sangmo
Quarter Sponsored
Birth Year:
2009
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Tsultrim Sangmo was born in 2009. She is from Yolmo, Nepal. She has five sisters and no brothers. Her parents are farmers. She was able to complete two years of schooling in her village. However, her father brought her to the nunnery because he is no longer able to pay the school fees for her to continue to go to school in the village. She says she is very happy here at the nunnery because she has many friends here and because she really wants to go to school. Her best subjects are Tibetan and mathematics.

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Ani Karma Samten Dolma
Birth Year:
2002
Village:
Dolpa, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Karma Samten Dolma is from Dolpa, Nepal. Her father passed away many years ago and left her mother with three daughters and one son to raise. Being the family provider, life has been very difficult for her mother. Still she managed to send her daughter to school. After school, Ani Karma Samten Dolma helped her mother with the field work and the house work. She told her mother that she wanted to become a nun and her mother worked hard to make that happen. In Nepal, cousins are often considered as sisters. When Ani Zopa Lhamo, her cousin also declared that she wanted to become a nun, all the relatives worked together to get the girls to Tek Chok Ling. Ani Karma Samten Dolma is very happy at the nunnery. She has new friends and is happy to be learning new things. She likes studying at the nunnery and her best subjects are Tibetan and science. She wants to learn everything that the elder nuns know how to do at the nunnery so that she can do them later. She hopes her mother can come to Kathmandu to visit her sometime, but if not, she will go to visit her mother in the village in the future.

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Ani Deki Palmo
Birth Year:
2002
Village:
Sakteng Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Deki Palmo came to the nunnery in 2019. She has studied in the govenment school through grade four. After that she had to drop out of school to help her mother. She has six siblings. It is her own desire to join the nunnery. She wants to learn about Buddhism and in that way help her mother and all beings. She plans to study well, to serve the nunnery and to do a retreat in the future.

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Ani Yignyen Lhamo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2010
Village:
Khamay Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Yignyen Lhamo is studying in Class 2 in Kuengarabten preschool at the Government School. She has three siblings. She is the middle one. She likes playing with her friends and cooking. In the future she would like to be a teacher.

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Ani Karma Ngawang Tshomo
Birth Year:
1996
Village:
Tsirang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey nun in Shedrup Pheljeling Shedra
2016 shedra
Ani Karma Ngawang Tshomo came to the nunnery in 2011. She studied in the Bhutanese public school through Grade 5 and speaks Dzongkha, Tibetan and English. She is shy but she enjoys studying. She looks forward to meeting Khenpo Rinpoche and she likes to help other people.

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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 Norbu Chodron
Birth Year:
2000
Village:
Merak, Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Norbu Chodron studied up to class nine in the government school. She has six siblings. It is her own choice to join nun and practice Buddhism. She would like to study in the shedra and hopes to do a 3 year retreat in the future.

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Ani Rangjung Lhamo
Birth Year:
2012
Village:
Kuengarabten, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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Ani Tenzin Yangzom
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Mongar Chili, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
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.

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Ani Dechen Wangmo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2008
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Dechen Wangmo was born in 2008. She is from Yolmo. She has four sisters and two brothers. Her parents are farmer. She went to school for three years in her village. During her holidays she helped her parents by cutting grass and washing dishes. Her father is acquainted with our nunnery and he asked her if she would like to become a nun. She said that yes she would like to do that and so he brought her to our nunnery. They did not teach Tibetan in her village school so she is very happy to be learning it here at the nunnery. She likes her new friends and she like to learn.

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Ani Jetsun Chodron
Birth Year:
2006
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Jetsun Chodron is currently studying in Kuengarabten Primary School in class five. She is sister of Ani Gurme Palmo.

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Ani Karma Sangmo
Birth Year:
2010
Village:
Sanu Babar, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Karma Sangmo is from Sanu babar, Nepal. She has four sisters and no brothers. Her parents are farmers. She went to school in her village and learned to read and write a little in Nepali and she learned the English alphabet. Her father brought her to the nunnery with the help of one lama. She likes everything at the nunnery. Her best subjects are English and Tibetan. She likes playing with her many friends at the nunnery and she says her teachers are very good to her

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Ani Jigme Wangmo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1997
Village:
Lhuntse, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Jigme Wangmo joined the nunnery in 2016. She studied up to the 10th grade in Wangbama Center School in Thumphu, Bhutan. She has seven siblings. It is her wish to become a nun and to practice dharma. She hopes to join the shedra after competing her education in the monastic training at the nunnery. After that she would like to do her retreat.

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Ani Choeying Lhamo
Birth Year:
2006
Village:
Dolpa, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
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.

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Ani Sangay Wangmo
Birth Year:
2010
Village:
Dolpa Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Sangay Wangmo came to the nunnery in 2019. She is from Dolpa, Nepal where both her parents and her three siblings still live. She has one younger sister, one younger brother, and one elder brother. She was able to do one year of school in her village. She has become a nun because she wants to learn about the dharma. She likes everything about the nunnery.

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Ani Samten Wangmo
Birth Year:
2013
Village:
Samcholing, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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Ani Tsering Youden
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1998
Village:
Manang, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
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.

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Ani Tsultrim Drolkar
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2002
Village:
Samdrub Choling Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
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.

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Ani Dechen Lhamo
Birth Year:
2011
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Dechen Lhamo came to the nunnery in 2019. She is from Yolmo, Nepal where her parents still live and where she has 4 siblings; one younger sister, two older sisters, and one older brother. She has studied up to class two in her village. Her parents sent her to the nunnery because they wish for her to be a nun. She says that she also wants to be a nun. She also is very interested in going to a more challenging school. She hopes to learn both modern knowledge as well as dharma knowledge. She likes the nunnery very much and she is happy to stay and study with her teachers and friends.

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.