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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 Sonam Drolma
3/4 Sponsored
Birth Year:
1989
Village:
Sarpagn Gelephu, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey nun in Shedrup Pheljeling Shedra
2016 shedra
Ani Sonam Drolma is from Gelephu, Bhutan. Before joining the Drubdey Gompa, she was a nun at Sherab Choling nunnery in Gelephu. She came to Drubdey Gompa because she was not able to live and study in such a hot place. She never had the opportunity to go to school. She has five siblings. In the future she would like to do retreat.

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Ani Drolma Palmo
Quarter 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 Karma Tsultrim Dechen
Birth Year:
1992
Village:
Mongar, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey nun in Shedrup Pheljeling Shedra
2013 shedra
Ani Karma Tsultrim Dechen came to the nunnery in 2008. She speaks Dzongkha. She wants to study and would like to join the shedra. After she completes her studies she would like to do the 3-year retreat.

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Ani Karma Sonam Drolma
Birth Year:
1976
Village:
Chirang Dzongkhag
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Sonam Drolma is from Southern Bhutan. She dropped out of school because of the anti-national problems in Southern Bhutan. Ever since then she has been living with her parents, working in the village and enabling her younger brother and sister to study. While she was in the village she used to go to Buddhist and Hindu Temples to pray. In her heart she knew that she wanted to do religious practices but couldn't find the right time or place. Then she met some nuns from her village who encouraged her to be a nun also. Her mother objected to her decision to become a nun, but her father and brother were on her side and helped her get to the nunnery. Currently she is having difficulties with her study of the Dzongkha language, the language spoken at the nunnery. But she is studying diligently and wants to be a good nun and would like to serve the nunnery.

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Ani Samten Zangmo
Quarter Sponsored
Birth Year:
1964
Village:
Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Samten Zangmo came to the nunnery in 1978 at 14 years of age. She has no formal education. She lived at Yolmo in Nepal for several years and helped establish Khenpo Rinpoche’s nunnery and retreat center in Yolmo. Her responsibilities included taking care of the 20 or so new nuns as well as taking care of the older nuns who were in 3-year retreat there. She also helped the English teacher learn Tibetan. She is curious and smart. She has trained herself in technical knowledge of camera and computers as well as plumbing and electricity. She is also sews the shrine items and other things for the nunnery. She has completed a 3-year retreat herself and would like to do another one. She has a great sense of humor and is always ready to help.

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Ani Karma Choney Zangmo
Birth Year:
2002
Village:
Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Choney Zangmo came to the nunnery in 2011. She studied in the Bhutanese public school through Grade 2 and speaks Dzongkha. She is very respectful to her elders and likes to study. Her mother died when she was quite young leaving her and 4 siblings. One older sister died, one sister went to live and work in a household and her youngest sister went to live with her Grandma. Her father brought Ani Karma Choney Zangmo to the nunnery hoping for a better life for her.

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Ani Karma Rinchen Lhamo
3/4 Sponsored
Birth Year:
1994
Village:
Lhuntse, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
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.

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Ani Tenzin Yangzom
Quarter 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 Rigzin Meto
Quarter Sponsored
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Bumthang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
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.

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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 Gurme Palmo
Birth Year:
2009
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Gurme Palmo is 8 years old, as of April 2017, and she was sent by her father to the nunnery with her uncle who is a Geshe at the nunnery. She is youngest of 3 children. She said she is very happy in the nunnery with her new friends and she loves the food in the nunnery. She wants to be a nunnery shopkeeper, food manager and to be a head nun in the future.

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Ani Tshering Lhamo
Birth Year:
2006
Village:
Samdrub Choling, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Tshering Lhamo studied up to class three in Samdrub Choling Pry school. She has three siblings. She doesn't remember when her mother died. She doesn't even remember her face. She says she joined the nunnery so that she can pray for her late mother, her relatives and all beings to have good lives and to be happy. She would like to be a nun doctor in the future.

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Ani Gurme Zangmo
Birth Year:
2003
Village:
Changray, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Gurme Zangmo studied up to class four in Kuenga Rabten Pry school. She is the youngest of five children in the family. She said that she was not happy at home and that it was her own decision to join the nunnery. In the future she would like to study in the shedra and she would like to be a teacher.

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Ani Gurme Chodron
Birth Year:
2005
Village:
Baling, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Gurme Chodron studied up to class four in the Government School in Baling Pry School. She is youngest of five children. She joined the nunnery to study dharma and to understand buddhism. In the future she would like to study in the shedra and she would like to be a teacher.

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Ani Zodpa Chodron
Birth Year:
2006
Village:
Baling, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Zodpa Chodron studied up to class five in Baling Pry school. She is the eldest among three siblings. She likes to study and practice the dharma. She would like to join the shedra and would like to be a Discipline Master.

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Ani Drolkar Lhamo
Birth Year:
2007
Village:
Baling, Tronsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Drolkar Lhamo studied up to third grade in the Government School in Baling Pry School. She has two siblings. She was sent by her parents to the nunnery to study Buddhism so that she could benefit all beings. In the future she would like to study in the shedra and she would like to be a teacher.

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Ani Jangchok Zangmo
Birth Year:
1972
Village:
Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Jangchok Zangmo came to the nunnery in 1989. Her sister Ani Yeshi Zangmo is also a nun at Karma Drubdey nunnery. Ani Jangchok Zangmo taught the younger nuns in 2011. She liked teaching but now she is happy to be part of the 3-year retreat that started in 2012.

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Ani Dechen Wangmo
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Mongar
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Dechen Wangmo joined the nunnery in April 2014. She has three siblings and she is a middle child. She has studied up to the eighth grade standard in the Bhutanese school. She came to the nunnery to study and practice Buddhism. She would like to study well, to be a good nun and she would like to serve the nunnery in her best way.

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Ani Karma Zhiney Lhamo
Birth Year:
1990
Village:
Mongar, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Zhiney Lhamo came to the nunnery in 2011. She has not had any formal education but wishes she had. She wants to study and learn about everything! She speaks Dzongkha and a little Tibetan. She is learning English and enjoys her studies very much.

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Ani Jangsem Palmo
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Mongar, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Jangsem Palmo joined the nunnery in April 2017. She is from Gongtu Mongar, Bhutan. She completed tenth grade at Samtshi Higher Secondary school. She is the eldest of three children. It was her own choice to become a nun. However, it had also been her mother’s dream to become a nun but for many reasons she was unable to fulfill that dream. Now her daughter is fulfilling her mother’s dream and her own dream. In the future she hopes to do the shedra studies, do retreat and dreams of becoming a retreat master or lama.

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Ani Karma Yangzom
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2009
Village:
Zhemgang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Karma Yangzom comes to Karma Drubdey Nunnery from the Tashiphug Monastery in the Gelephu region in southern Bhutan. She was sent to the monastery by her mother to study buddhism. She would like to be a good nun and to fulfill her mother’s wishes. Her aunt felt that Karma Drubdey would be a much better place for her as there were only a few nuns at Tashiphug Monastery and so she brought her to Karma Drubdey. Now she is studying at Kuengarabten Primary school with the other young nuns. She is happy with her friends and she likes going to school. She hopes to joint the shedra in the future.

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Ani Karma Kezang Drolma
Birth Year:
1990
Village:
Sarpang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Kezang Drolma came to the nunnery in 2011. She has had no formal education but she wants to learn, in particular she wants to learn to speak and read in English. She likes to visit sacred places and to meditate.

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Ani Tsewang Choden
Quarter Sponsored
Birth Year:
1971
Village:
Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Tsewang Choden came to the nunnery in 1978. She has 5 sisters at the nunnery and she came to the nunnery at 7 years old. She is one of a small group of nuns who was able to start at such a young age and feels that it is a privilege that she was able to begin her training so early. She speaks Dzongkha and Tibetan. For several years prior she has been helping at the ngodro retreat center taking care of the other nuns who were doing the 3-year retreat. Currently she is doing the 3-year retreat herself.

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Ani Jangchub Dolma
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1985
Village:
Solukhumbu, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Jangchub Dolma is from Solukhumbu, Nepal, a Sherpa district in the Himalayas and is one of six siblings in a family that farms potatoes, corn and barley. The family had some difficulties and sickness prevented her from continuing with school. She remained sick a lot with an ailment like epilepsy, but would help her mother when she was well enough. Ani Jangchub Dolma has now been able to have western medicine and is being helped by a hospital that is near Tek Chok Ling. She says she still gets sick sometimes but is a lot better than when she was home. She likes drawing and is an active participant in learning to draw mandalas. She also likes studying English and Tibetan.

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Ani Dolma Sangmo
Birth Year:
1995
Village:
Gorka, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Dolma Sangmo comes from the Gorka village in Nepal, a five-day bus journey from Kathmandu. Her father is a farmers and her mother died when she was four years old. She has an adopted sister and a brother. Her brother, a monk lives at Godavari monastery in Nepal. In the end of 2011 her bother came home for a visit. When he left he told her to come with him and they would make a trip together. She didn’t really understand what was going on. He brought her to the gate at Tek Chok Ling, opened it and said to her that now she would live here at Tek Chok Ling. She was shocked and very sad for some time. Now she has started to adjust to living at the nunnery and wants to become a good nun. She says she does not even know how to hold a pencil, but she wants to learn. She enjoys the classes and wants to learn how to use the computers. She also wants to go to Yolmo and do her ngodro. On holidays she likes to watch movies.

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Ani Karma Sangay Lhamo
Birth Year:
1994
Village:
Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey nun in Shedrup Pheljeling Shedra
2013 shedra
Ani Karma Sangay Lhamo came to the nunnery in 2008. She completed sixth grade (Bhutan public school) before coming to the nunnery. She speaks Dzongkha, Tibetan and English. She likes visiting holy places and meeting teachers. She is very interested in studying and looking forward to being in the shedra in the future.

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Ani Tsultrim Chozom
Birth Year:
2004
Village:
Sulkhumbu, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Tsultrim Chozom is from Sulkhumbu, Nepal. She has two sisters and three brothers. Her parents and brothers and sisters are in the village. She went to school for two years in her village. Her parents asked her if she wanted to be a nun. She said that she wanted to be a nun so they brought her to Tek Chok Ling. She says she is happy here and she likes the friends and food here. She likes all the subjects and she says she will be happy going to school and also happy to be at the nunnery. She says she doesn’t know what to do when she is a big girl. She only wants to study hard.

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Ani Karma Chozom
Quarter Sponsored
Birth Year:
1998
Village:
Dolpo
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Chozom is from Dolpo. Her father passed away before she was born and she grew up with her mother, four brothers and a sister. She has two brothers who are monks in Nepal. Her mother lives with her other two brothers in Dolpo. Her sister is married with children. Ani Karma Chozom saw the life of the nun and thought that she would be happy being a nun. Her mother and brother brought her to Kathmandu to become a nun. She says she likes being at Tek Chok Ling; she likes the food and the fruits, and the opportunity to study Dharma, Tibetan, English and Nepali. She went to school for two years in her village before she came to Kathmandu to become a nun. She says she is also happy to work with friends in the nunnery. She says she want to be good nun and work for nunnery.

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Ani Ngawang Namsang
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1984
Village:
Tibet
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Ngawang Namsang is from Tibet. She grew up in a family that farmed. Both of her parents are alive. She has three elder sisters and three younger brothers. She comes from a very cold place in Tibet. She has worked hard all her life. She decided that she would like to become a nun so that she could study the dharma and be of benefit to beings. She is very happy at Tek Chok Ling with her teachers, her studies, and her new friends.

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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.

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.