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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 Samten Zangmo
3/4 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 Rinzin Drolma
3/4 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 Jigme Palmo
Birth Year:
1994
Village:
Dagana, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Jigme Palmo completed high school at the Sonam Kuenphal school in Bumthang, Bhutan. She join the nunnery on 31st October 2018. She is the eldest of 3 siblings. It was her own decision to join the nunnery. She feels she will be able to train her mind to become a better person. In future she would like to do a retreat and serve the nunnery.

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Ani Rangjung Drolma
Birth Year:
2003
Village:
Luntshi, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Rangjung Drolma studied up to Class 9 in Autsho Central school in her home town. She has 5 siblings. It was her decision to join the nunnery. She wishes to study in the shedra, to do retreat and eventually to serve the nunnery.

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Ani Yignyen Lhamo
Birth Year:
2010
Village:
Khamay Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
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 Norbu Lhamo
Birth Year:
2000
Village:
Luntshi, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Norbu Lhamo has studied up to Class 9 in the government school. She has 3 siblings. She would like to study in shedra and would like to do retreat.

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Ani Karma Tashi Zangmo
Birth Year:
1993
Village:
Thimphu, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey nun in Shedrup Pheljeling Shedra
2014 shedra
Ani Karma Tashi Zangmo came to the nunnery in 2009. She studied in the Bhutanese public school through Grade 6 and she speaks Dzongkha, Tibetan and English. She has a great sense of humor and is easy going. She likes to play with the children who come to visit the nunnery and to read and listen to stories She also is interested in helping those in need.

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Ani Sherab Dolma
3/4 Sponsored
Birth Year:
1988
Village:
Tatopani, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Sherap Dolma (Wisdom Tara) is from a Sherpa area in Tatopani, Nepal. Her parents are farmers and she has four sisters and two brothers. She helped her family by collecting firewood and tending livestock. Her sister, a nun, explained to her about dharma, how good it is and how much it helps at the time of death and transition (bardo), so Ani Sherap Dolma became a nun. She likes drawing, learning Tibetan and English at Tek Chok Ling and is skilled at dharma dances.

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Ani Namney Lhamo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2010
Village:
Dolpa, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Namney Lhamo is from Dolpa, Nepal. Her sister, Ani Karma Samten Dolma lives at Tek Chok Ling and goes to school and is very excited to have her younger sibling join her in her journey as a nun. She has one sister and one brother at home. Her father died when she was very young and her mother has sole responsibility for the family. She started school for a few months but now her mother has sent her to be a nun. Her relatives brought her to the nunnery. She says she is very happy to be at Tek Chok Ling, to be with her sister and she likes to study all subjects.

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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 Karma Kunzang Wangmo
Birth Year:
2001
Village:
Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Kunzang Wangmo came to the nunnery in 2011. She has had no formal education but she wants to learn to speak and read in English. She likes to play with her friends and she likes to study.

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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 Yeshe Zangmo
Birth Year:
1980
Village:
Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Yeshe Zangmo came to the nunnery in 1996. She has one sister at the nunnery, Ani Jangchuk Zangmo. She speaks Dzongkha and Tibetan. She is particularly fond of shamatha meditation. She enjoys making tormas and playing the musical instruments.

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Ani Tsundue Drolma
Birth Year:
1979
Village:
Gasa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Tsundue Drolma is from Nobchokha village in Gasa Bhutan. She was formally a nun at Jachung Karmo Nunnery in Paro before coming to Karma Drubdey Nunnery in October 2015. She came to the nunnery to study in the Shedra. She has not been to the government school. She is the eldest among three siblings. After completing her studies in the shedra she hopes to do retreat again.

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Ani Jamyang Sangmo
3/4 Sponsored
Birth Year:
1989
Village:
Dolpo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
2013 shedra
Ani Jamyang Sangmo is from remote Dolpo in Nepal, where her family are farmers. She has six sisters and two brothers. When her mother died, Jamyang Sangmo became a nun after coming to Kathmandu with her uncle. Khenpo Rinpoche told her to go to Yolmo, where she was the youngest nun there and did such jobs as shooing birds away from seeds in the garden, gathering wood and cooking. She did her ngondro at age thirteen and has completed two retreats at Yolmo, one of six months and one of a full year’s duration. At Tek Chok Ling she likes “everything” including helping Rinpoche’s cook and rotating through all the jobs (a unique feature of Rinpoche’s approach, so that nuns will acquire multiple skills). She is very happy to be able to hear teachings and study philosophy, and in particular likes studying the Jewel Ornament of Liberation. As to her future, Ani Jamyang Sangmo states: “If there are no obstacles, I will continue to be a nun.”

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Ani Konchok Wangmo
Birth Year:
1998
Village:
Langthel, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Konchok Wangmo joined the nunnery in November 2017. Before joining the nunnery she completed up through Class 8 in the government school. In her family she is the yougest of 3 children. It was her own decision to become a nun and to study Buddhism. In the future she would like to study in the shedra and she wants to serve her teacher and the gompa.

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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 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 Zangmo
Half Sponsored
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 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 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 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.