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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 Dolma Palmo
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 Karma Yeshi Palmo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1981
Village:
Tsirang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Yeshi Palmo came to the nunnery in 2010. She speaks Dzongkha and a little Tibetan. She has had no formal education but is very interested in learning as much as she can at the nunnery. She wants to study dharma, and learn how to speak and write in English. She wants to learn to meditate and she wants to do retreat.

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Ani Pema Khandro
Birth Year:
1998
Village:
Wangdi, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
2013 shedra
Ani Pema Khandro was born on May 5, 1998 in Wangdue Choling Bhutan, in a village called Samdrup Jongkhar. In Bhutan it was a little bit tough, she says. She lived with her grandma and grandpa who were very old and went to school until Grade 6, in 2010. However, after a while, they couldn’t afford to pay the school fees any longer, so her grandmother asked her to become a nun and she did. She moved to Boudhanath and at first stayed with her cousins. While she was there she heard that her grandmother died so she went back to Bhutan for the ceremony before returning to become a nun. Her brother is a monk at Shechen Monastery and he helped her to find Tek Chok Ling. She says, “Everything is beautiful here and the education is good.” She likes reading in all languages and is able to read in Tsongkhar, the main language of Bhutan and English. Now she is learning to read in Nepali and Tibetan. On her day off each week she likes to circumambulate the stupa in Bhoudhanath

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Ani Chodrak Lhamo
Birth Year:
1998
Village:
Chaskhar Monger, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Chodrak Lhamo is from Chaskhar Monger, Bhutan. Since she is the eldest of four children, she stayed at home helping her parents and her siblings. She has not been to the Government school, however, she did complete her Non-formal education provided by the Royal Government to illiterate peoples in rural Bhutan. She would like to do retreat in the future and eventually become the discipline master.

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Ani Karma Zopa Lhamo
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Dagapala, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Zopa Lhamo is the sister of Ani Sangay Khandro and Ani Pema Khandro. She has completed class 8 in Dagana school. She would like to practice dharma for all sentient beings. She hopes to do retreat and to join the shedra.

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Ani Jinpa Drolkar
Birth Year:
2008
Village:
Samdrub Jongkhar, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Jinpa Drolkar was brought to the nunnery by her foster parents. She has not been to school. She says she wants to a a head nun in the future. She likes to play with her friends on Sunday.

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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.

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Ani Norbu Chodron #286
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 Namdak Drolma
Birth Year:
1989
Village:
Bumthang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey nun in Shedrup Pheljeling Shedra
Dolma Ling Nunnery 2010
Ani Namdak Drolma arrived at the nunnery is 2004. She completed eighth grade (Bhutan public school) before coming to the nunnery. She is currently a student at the Dolma Ling shedra in Dharamsala, India. She is a very good student and is loved by all the people who know her. She hopes to do a retreat after shedra.

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Ani Chophal Palmo
Birth Year:
1979
Village:
Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey nun in Shedrup Pheljeling Shedra
Dolma Ling Nunnery 2010
Ani Chophal Palmo came to the nunnery in 1996. She studied in the Bhutanese public school through Grade 10 and speaks Dzongkha, Tibetan, Hindi and English. While she was in school she moved to the nunnery and became a teacher for the younger nuns who had never had the opportunity to go to school. She joined the nunnery after she completed secondary school in 1998. She then completed a two-year retreat. In 2009 she moved to Dharamsala and has studied for five years at Dolma Ling by 2012. She has five sisters at the nunnery; Ani Yeshi Choden, Ani Khyechok Palmo, Ani Drubgyu Palmo, Ani Tshewang Choden and Ani Tsultrim Palmo.

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.