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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 Lodro Sangmo
Birth Year:
2018
Village:
Dolakha, Eastern Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
My name is Lodro Sangmo and I was born in 2018. I am from Dolakha which lies in eastern part of Nepal. There are seven members in my family. I have two little sisters, one is 2 years old and another is 8 months. I love to play with them. In May 2022 my uncle and grandmother brought me to Kathmandu (capital city). I stay with grandmother and grandfather and later they send me to become a nun. Now I study in kinder garden. I have many friends in the nunnery and I have three best friends, they are Tsundue Palmo, Karma Tsultrim and Tsering Lhamo. Tsundue is one year older than me and we love to draw and coloring different pictures of animals and fruits. I love to play with dolls with Karma and Tsering and they make laugh every day. Everyone in my nunnery love and take care of me as I am the smallest one. My grand mother, grand father and aunt come to meet me in holidays and I go to their home too. I love to eat orange, banana and apple, they are very delicious and testy. My favorite color is green because I love to draw trees and plants. I love all my friends and love my nunnery so much.

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Ani Tsering Lhamo
Birth Year:
2014
Village:
Chitlang, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
l am Tsering Lhamo from Chitlang (Nepal). I was born in 2014. It has been 4 months since I became a nun. I have four members in my family including me. They are my mom, dad and my little brother. My mother’s name is Santi Wiba, my father’s name is Nar Badhadur and my little brother’s name is Bishal. He is four years old. My parents are farmers. Before I became a nun, I used to go to my village school, but there were no good facilities and my school was too far from my home. I have to go by foot to my school every morning. Now I study in kinder garden. My favorite subject is Tibetan even though it is hard for me. But I have improved a lot compared to before. Now I can read and recognize each letter of the alphabet. Lodro Sangmo is my best friend. She is four years old, smaller than me. She is so sweet and lovely. I love to sing rhymes with my classmates and my favorite English rhyme is “Five Little Ducks”. My favorite things to do in my free time are to draw the picture of houses and coloring the pictures of animals with my classmates and my best friend and play with my dolls. My favorite fruit is orange, they are found in winter season. My favorite color is pink because it is very attractive. I love my Rinpoche and nuns very much. I will study hard!

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Ani Khenrab Wangmo
Birth Year:
2012
Village:
Hyelambhu, Yolmo
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
My name is Khenrab Wangmo from Hyelambhu (Yolmo) of Nepal. I was born in 2012. I went to the kinder garden. I have a small family. There are 4 members in my family. They are my father, mother, elder sister and me. My father’s name is Kumar and mother’s name is Such Maya. My sister’s name is Santi. She helps my parent in field works. When I was in the village, I used to play all the time and sometimes I help my mother to finish her works. I didn’t attend school in my village. When I first came to the capital city (Kathmandu) I was surprised by the tall buildings and vehicles. Now I have many friends in my nunnery. There are 8 students in my class and my friends help me in my study. Yonten and Sherab are my best friends. Yonten is also my roommate. We play every Saturday in our ground. I really love to draw and I am good at it. So, sometimes I teach my friends to color the pictures. Everyone in my class love my drawings. Red and blue are my favorite colors because I love to draw a pictures of sky and plants . I love English period because it is very fun to learn English rhymes and sing them with my classmates. Sometimes my class teacher read a story book for us and I love to listen to it. I like to play with my friends and I love them very much.

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Ani Kunga Sangmo
Birth Year:
2014
Village:
Kathmandu, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
My name is Kunga Sangmo and I was born in 2014. I have a big family and I love all my family members. I have my parent, aunt, little brothers, elder brother and elder sister in my family. I love all my siblings, and I miss them so much. My little brother’s name is Nare. Nare and we used to play together every day and he also love to play with me. I read till grade 2 in my village but there were not all the subjects in our school. So, I came to Kathmandu with my mom and my mom told me to become a nun. And I also love that so, I became a nun in June, and I have changed a lot in these 6 months. I found many dharma friends in nunnery, who were around my age. At first, I don’t know how to speak, read, or write Tibetan, but now I can read and write very well. I love to speak Tibetan with the nuns, especially with the senior nuns and I hope I could speak like them in future. My close friends in nunnery are Sonam Tsomo and Tsering Lhamo because we are of same age. Sonam is in grade 2 she goes to school (Shree Mangal Dvip school) and she help me in reading Tibetan words and morning prayers. Sometimes I also teach her some Nepali words because I am good in Nepali subject. But my favorite subject is Mathematics because it is very fun to count the numbers and I love to do addition and subtraction. I have some hobbies too, they are watching cartoons, reading books with my classmates, playing games, coloring the pictures and I love to eat too. My favorite cartoon is “Luca” it is about two little fishes. It was showed to us by our English teacher. I love to eat oranges and it is my all-time favorite fruit. In our nunnery we always have a “T-momo” (Tibetan dumpling) in our breakfast and I love to eat it. I love to eat vegetables too, but potato is the best. My first name “Kunga” means “loved by everyone” in Tibetan and I love my name so much because everyone in my nunnery loves me so much. I found my name very unique. In future I will become a great person and will help other beings. I love my Rinpoche, the nunnery and the nuns so much.

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Ani Youdon Lhamo
Birth Year:
2014
Village:
Braggang, Yolmo
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
My name is Youdon Lhamo and I was born in Braggang village (Yolmo) which lies in Sindupalchok district of Nepal. Yolmo is very peaceful and beautiful place. I was born in 2014. I have one little sister. Her name is Lhakpa. We use to play together and she is like my best friend. My parent work in the fields. I became a nun in August 2022 and I love living in nunnery. Pema Dolma was my birth name and I got a new name, Youdon Lhamo, from Rinpoche when I became a nun. I was very happy for my new name and I love it when nuns call me by my new name. I don’t go to school when I was in my village and I don’t know how to read or write. I spend my day by playing with friends and helping my mother. But now I can read say some alphabet and write them down. Sometimes my friends help me to spell the words and they are very helpful. I love to draw random picture of people and houses because it is very fun. I like to eat with my friends during mealtime and sing rhymes in classroom. We have a dog in our nunnery and his name is Gyagsha. I love to play with Gyagsha. I love my friends and senior nuns.

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Ani Sherab Lhamo
Birth Year:
2013
Village:
Phurpe, Gorkha district of Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
I am Sherab Lhamo from Tsum valley which lies in Gorkha district of Nepal. I was born in Phurpe village in 2013. I study in kinder garden. I used to go to school in my village but there were no subjects like Math and Tibetan like we have in nunnery. I have four siblings. I have my father, mother, two elder sisters and one elder brother in my family. And we have another member in our family. He is my little brother. My mom just gave a birth to my little brother. He is so sweet. Including me there are total seven of us. One of my elder sisters is with me in my nunnery, her name is Rangdrol Lhamo. She studies in grade four. My other sister is in India. She is studying in grade six. Rangdrol helps me in my study and she is very kind to me. Me and my sister became a nun last year (2021). I was very excited to become a nun. Now, I have many friends in my nunnery and my best friend is Sonam Tsomo. We are from the same district and she studies in grade 3. She helps me in my study and she tells me a lot of things about her village. I am bad at drawing so, Sonam helps me with that. Comparing to before I have improved my drawing a bit. I could read the morning prayer very good. I can also write my name in Tibetan, English and Nepali. In my free time I love to plant small plants with my friends in our garden. In holidays we play games like hide and seek, seven stones, volleyball, and soccer. Among them my favorite game is hide and seek because it is very fun to hide. I love my nunnery and Rinpoche. I like food in my nunnery, it is so delicious.

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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.