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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 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 Karma Tsundue Chodron
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2002
Village:
Wangdi Phodrong, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Karma Tsundue Chodron has studied up to grade 3 in the Bhutanese government school. She became quite ill and was not able to continue her studies. A lama predicted that she should come to our nunnery and become a nun. She did this in October 2015. She is very happy with her new friends at the nunnery and she would like to study in the shedra in the future. After her studies, she would like to serve our nunnery and then she would like to help her parents. She is the youngest of four siblings.

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Ani Pema Khandro
Half Sponsored
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 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
Half 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.