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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 Tsundue Palmo
Birth Year:
2018
Village:
Upper Dolpo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
My name is Tsundue Palmo. I am from upper Dolpo and was born in 2018 in my hometown. My father’s name is Dhukgya and my mother’s name is Nyima Sangmo. I am the eldest daughter of my family and I have two little sisters, Choden and the youngest one is Namkhang. I become a nun in the middle of 2021 and now I am living at Tek Chok Ling Nunnery. I am very satisfied with my life. I am the smallest nun of my nunnery, and all nuns give me so much love. I am so thankful for my parents and Rinpoche-la for giving me the golden opportunity to study from this young age. I hope that I can fulfil my parents’ and Rinpoche-la’s aim by study well for the brightest future. Thank you everyone for taking your precious time to read about me.

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Ani Karma Tsultrim
Birth Year:
Village:
Dolpo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Tsultrim is from Dolpo district, in the Karnali zone of Northwestern Nepal. She was born and raised up in a middle-class family. She said that due to the lack of schools and transportation facility in her village, it was very tough to join school and get proper education. So most of the time, she used to spend her days by rearing cows, yaks and goats with her grandmother. She has six members in her family. She was so curious and happy when she saw monks and nuns in her village, so she decided that she wanted to be a nun and then her parents easily agreed and helped her to become a nun in Tek Chok Ling Nunnery. Right now, she is happy at the nunnery. She said that she likes to learn all the subjects and wants to go school with other school nuns. She says that she wants to study hard and be a good nun.

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Ani Karma Palmo
Birth Year:
2013
Village:
Jiri, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Palmo is from Jiri Nepal. Her parents live in Kathmandu. She went to school for a few years in Kathmandu. She was very wondered and happy when she saws nuns and monks around Boudha Stupa. She was keen to learn Tibetan language and receive a Buddhist education. So, she decided to be a nun. Her parents easily agreed and helped her to be admitted at Tek Chok Ling Nunnery. She is her parents’ only daughter. She shared that her dream is to become a good nun and she is glad to be part of the Tek Chok Ling family now. She likes to learn different subjects. And she said that she will do her best in everything to be a good nun and to help other sentient beings.

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Ani Chime Dolma
Birth Year:
2014
Village:
Dolpo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Chime Dolma is from Dolpo district. She was born in 2014 and raised up in a middle-class family. She said that due to the lack of schools and transportation facility in her village it was very tough to join school and get proper education. She went to school for grade 2. Most of the time she used to spend her days by looking after cows, yaks and goats with her parents. She has five sister and three brothers. Through some of our nuns her mother knew Tek Chok Ling Nunnery and she bought her here. She was so happy to become a nun and stay with many friends and study together. She became a nun in November 2021. She says she is happy at Tek Chok Ling Nunnery and likes to learn all the subjects. Her best subjects are Tibetan and English.

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Ani Yonten Dolma
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1987
Village:
Dingri, Tibet
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Yonten Dolma comes from a large farming family in Dingri, Tibet, with four brothers and three sisters. She became a nun while in Dingri. She left Tibet because of many difficulties in seeing precious teachers and receiving Dharma teachings. She came in a group of four to Kathmandu, where a relative knew of Tek Chok Ling. She is very happy to be able to see Khenpo Rinpoche and receive teachings. She enjoys her studies in English and Tibetan, and especially the teachings on ngondro.

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Ani Dechen Dolma
Birth Year:
1985
Village:
Dingri, Tibet
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Dechen Dolma (Great Bliss Tara) left Tibet in 2011, where she had already become a nun. She grew up tending cattle in Dingri, along with four brothers and two sisters. Her father died and she was never able to go to school. She decided to become a nun, and set out to meet the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, which she accomplished. Following her relatives’ advice, she came to Tek Chok Ling, where she likes meeting many lamas and receiving more teachings. She is not sure what the future will bring, but Ani Dechen Dolma wants to continue to study Tibetan.

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Ani Dolma Palmo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1974
Village:
Nyemo, Tibet
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Dolma Palmo parent’s were farmers in Tibet, but they have died. She knew that if she became a nun she could benefit beings, so she did so at age 19. As a nun in Tibet she was interrogated by the Chinese in 1997, and was told to cease being a nun. Two months later, without telling anyone, she left, making the difficult journey to India. She did a three-year retreat in Yolmo, and then lived at the site of Tek Chok Ling before the new nunnery was built. She likes everything about Tek Chok Ling: meditating, listening to Rinpoche’s teachings, and doing pujas. Ani Dolma Palmo (Tara Glorious Lady) now teaches Tibetan and pujas.

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Ani Samten Sertso
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1983
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
One day when she was small, Ani Samten Sertso was on her way to school when she saw some nuns, and she decided then she wanted to be one. She is from Yolmo and has two sisters and one brother. Her parents are full time lay practitioners. After meeting Rinpoche in Kathmandu as a young teen and becoming a nun, she returned to Yolmo. Recalling her early life, she says “it was a very good way of living: sometimes Rinpoche would come up to teach and then sometimes he would say ‘Go play’.” Each morning she enjoyed singing the “Song of Meaningful Connections” and in the evening singing manis (Avalokitesvara mantras). She loves her life of study, work and friends at the nunnery. Since coming to Tek Chok Ling from Yolmo she has completed ngondro (100,000 of prostrations, mantras, mandala and guru yoga) twice and has returned to Yolmo for a six- month retreat. Ani Samten Sertso (Meditation Gold Lake) is one of the two main torma makers at the nunnery, and has traveled to the Kagyu Monlam to train. Her hope is to learn enough to be able to teach the other nuns at Tek Chok Ling.

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Ani Rangjung Lhamo
Birth Year:
2011
Village:
Kuengarabten, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Rangjung Lhamo joined the nunnery in March 2020. She was brought to the nunnery by her mother. She has 9 siblings. She goes to government school and she is studying in grade two. She has many new friends in the nunnery and is happy. She his the sister of Ani Tashi Sertsho. After graduation from school she would like to study in the shedra and would like to do a retreat. Then she would like to serve as a discipline master in the nunnery.

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Ani Tenzin Yangzom
Half Sponsored
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 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 Pema Chozom
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2003
Village:
Khamay, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
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.

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Ani Kelzang Chodron
Quarter Sponsored
Birth Year:
1987
Village:
Chali Mongar, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Kelzang Chodron studied up to ten standard in Galposhing higher secondary school in Mongar. She was sick for so long, and went to see one Rinpoche who lives in Thimphu, and who does cleansing rituals to remove obstacles. She stay with Rinpoche for 7 years and did Ngondro there. This year (2020) she decided to join our nunnery to do some more studies in Buddhism. She is the youngest among 3 siblings. She would like to complete her studies in Buddhist texts, rituals and would like to do retreat and serve the nunnery.

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.