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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 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 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 Delek Chodon
3/4 Sponsored
Birth Year:
1989
Village:
Dingri, Tibet
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Delek Chodon is from Dingri, Tibet, where her family of seven were farmers. She helped her parents by looking after cattle and was not able to go to school. She left Tibet at age 22 with the intention of becoming a nun. Her brother brought her to the border where she had relatives. It was a crowded situation, and she set out to meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Afterwards, relatives in Kathmandu recommended Tek Chok Ling. She couldn’t read Tibetan when she came, but now she can both read and write.

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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 Drolma Palmo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1980
Village:
Bumthang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Drolma Palmo came to the nunnery in 1996. She received a 6th grade education in Bhutan’s public school and so she speaks Dzongkha, Tibetan and English. She has a sister at the nunnery, Ani Rinzin Drolma. She likes to sing and particularly likes to sing the Milarepa songs taught to her by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche. She paints all the buildings and works in the garden. She completed the 3-year retreat in 2015.

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Ani Kuenzang Palmo
Birth Year:
1986
Village:
Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Kuenzang Palmo came to the nunnery in 2001. She has a 5th grade education from Bhutan’s public school. She speaks Dzongkha, Tibetan and English. She is the coordinator of Khoryug (the environmental movement by His Holiness Karmapa) activity at the nunnery. If you are ill, she is the one to call. She seems to know exactly how to help people when they are ill. She enjoys meditating in peaceful places.

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Ani Kelzang Lhamo
Birth Year:
1998
Village:
Mongar Chili, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Kelzang Lhamo is from Mongar Chili, Bhutan. She has studied up to class eight in the government school. She has three siblings. She says that she has great interest in the Dharma and that she would like to study in the shedra and later that she would like to be a teacher.

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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 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 Ugyen Lhamo
Half Sponsored
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 Rinzin Drolma
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1988
Village:
Bumthang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey nun in Shedrup Pheljeling Shedra
2011 shedra
Ani Rinzin Drolma came to the nunnery in 2006. She has a seventh grade education from Bhutan’s public school. She speaks Dzongkha, Tibetan and English. She is fond of Tara dancing and reading stories. She is the Discipline Master in the shedra. She likes to rule in equality.

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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 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 Wangmo
Birth Year:
2008
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
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 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 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 Tsultrim Sangmo
Quarter Sponsored
Birth Year:
2009
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
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 Deki Chodron
Quarter 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.

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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 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.

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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 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 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 Yignyen Lhamo
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 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 Ngawang Lhamo
Birth Year:
1985
Village:
Tibet
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Ngawang Lhamo is from Tibet. She has six sisters and two brothers. When she was twelve years old she traveled from Tibet with a group of business people to become a nun. It took them twelve days to reach the Nepal border. She has visited her family in Tibet twice since that time. On one trip she was jailed for three days. She says the food was not good, but at least they did give her food. For twenty years, she has been a nun at Thubten Choling Monastery in Nepal. Due to its remote location high in the mountains of Nepal it is one of the first contact points for Tibetans who find their way into Nepal each year. It is the home of His Holiness Trulsik Rinpoche and it houses 700 monks and nuns. There she learned to read Tibetan. Because of health issues, she was often sick living under such harsh mountainous conditions. She asked her teachers if she could move to Tek Chok Ling. With the help of a nun she knew at TCL, she was able to contact Ani Jampa and Ani Jampa agreed that she could move to TCL. Now she is studying at TCL’s school. She says it is difficult for her since she is older and she is just starting to study, but she is grateful for this opportunity to learn. She aspires to be a good nun.

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Ani Damcho Drolma
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.

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.