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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 Kinley Wangmo
Fully Sponsored
Birth Year:
2004
Village:
Nyimshong, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Kinley Wangmo is from Nyimshong, Trongsa, Bhutan. She has studied in Bhutan’s public school up to the third grade. Her parents fell on hard times and could no longer send her to school. Therefore, Ani Kinley Wangmo decided that being a nun and benefiting others would be the best choice for her and for others, so she decided to become a nun. She likes to help others, watch TV and study in the shedra.

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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 Jamyang Sangmo
Half 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 Ngedon Chotsho
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1934
Village:
Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Ngedon Chotsho was born in 1934. She arrived to the nunnery in the year 2001. She recites mantras and reads the “Vajra-Cutting Sutra” every day.

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Ani Zopa Lhamo
Birth Year:
2001
Village:
Dolpa, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Zopa Lhamo is from Dolpa, Nepal. Her father passed away over five years ago. She has one brother and two sisters, one of which is a nun. She went to school in the village. And after school collected firewood and worked in the kitchen with her mother. When one of the Tek Chok Ling nuns returned to Dolpa after the earthquake to see her family, Ani Zopa Dolpa met her and decided that she too wanted to be a nun. She and her cousin, Ani Karma Samten Dolma, with help from their relatives, traveled to Tek Chok Ling to become nuns. She says she is very happy at the nunnery and she doesn’t need to visit her old village. She likes going to school at Tek Chok Ling and her best subjects are Tibetan and English. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She likes all the nuns, the food, and everything at the nunnery.

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Ani Kelzang Chodron
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.

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Ani Gangkar Tsomo
Birth Year:
2014
Village:
Langthel, Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Gangkar Tsomo was brought to the nunnery by her parents. She is the eldest among three siblings. She goes to government school and studies in class two. Her dream is to become Lama in the future.

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Ani Jangchub Dolma
Fully 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 Karma Tenzin Drolma
Birth Year:
2005
Village:
Laya Gasa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Karma Tenzin Drolma is from Laya Gasa, Bhutan. She is the youngest among six siblings. She studied up to class four in the government school. She says that she would like to do retreat in the future and eventually be head nun.

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Ani Dolma Chozom
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Dolma Chozom wants to become a teacher. She is from the village of Yolmo, Nepal, north of Kathmandu near the Tibetan border, where Tek Chok Ling was located until 2006. She was raised by her grandparents, who also have a house in Kathmandu. Her grandfather is now in retreat. She has been at Tek Chok Ling since she was eight years old, and her list of what she likes about living there is long: Rinpoche, studying and learning, the ani’s, her friends, and those popular nunnery dogs. She is studying math, English, art, singing, and dancing, and hopes to become a teacher.

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Ani Karma Yangzom
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2004
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Karma Yangzom is from Yolmo, Nepal. She has one brother and one sister. She went to school in her village for four years where she learned English and Nepali. Along with school, she helped her parents and grandmother by collecting grasses and firewood. During the earthquake her school was destroyed, her aunt, Ani Tsultrim Dolma, a long time nun at Tek Chok Ling, invited her to come to live at Tek Chok Ling. She is very happy to able to be a nun here. Along with English and Nepai, she is able to learn Tibetan, mathematics, Chinese and be a nun. She says she also likes the food at Tek Chok Ling! She wants to be a good nun and help other people.

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Ani Tenzin Zangmo
Fully Sponsored
Birth Year:
1982
Village:
Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Tenzin Zangmo came to the nunnery in 1996. She has two sisters there, Ani Thapkey Drolma and Ani Dechen Palmo. She received a 2nd grade education in the Bhutanese public school before coming to the nunnery. She speaks Dzongkha, Tibetan and a little English. She is funny, frank, open minded and interested in helping others.

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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 Zopa Drolma
Birth Year:
2006
Village:
Baling, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Zopa went up to study grade 6 and then decided to become a nun. She became nun in September 2020. She would like to study in Shedra and become a teacher if she can.

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Ani Jinpa Dolma
Birth Year:
2012
Village:
Baling, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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Ani Chopel Sangmo
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Timpu, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Chopel Sangmo is from Bhutan, where she has two sisters and one brother. Her father and mother work in Thimpu as a driver and a vegetable shopkeeper, respectively. She became a nun at age nine. Her brother is a monk and Ani Chopel Sangmo felt she would have a better life as a nun. Lama Tendzin from Pullahari arranged things so that she could attend the Sri Mangal Dvip School, the first Tek Chok Ling nun to do so. She likes studying English, Tibetan and Nepali as well as science, math and computers. When asked what she likes best at Tek Chok Ling, she responds, “cleaning up the nunnery.”

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Ani Yudruk Drolma
Birth Year:
1992
Village:
Bumthang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Yudruk Dolma is from Bumthang, Bhutan. She joined the nunnery in March 2020. She is the youngest among eight siblings. She studied up to grade ten. It is her own wish to become nun. She would like to study in Shedra and would like to serve the nunnery.

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Ani Tashi Sertsho
Birth Year:
Village:
Kuengarabten, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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Ani Tsultrim Sangmo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2009
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Tsultrim Sangmo was born in 2009. She is from Yolmo, Nepal. She has five sisters and no brothers. Her parents are farmers. She was able to complete two years of schooling in her village. However, her father brought her to the nunnery because he is no longer able to pay the school fees for her to continue to go to school in the village. She says she is very happy here at the nunnery because she has many friends here and because she really wants to go to school. Her best subjects are Tibetan and mathematics.

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Ani Karma Samten Dolma
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2002
Village:
Dolpa, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Karma Samten Dolma is from Dolpa, Nepal. Her father passed away many years ago and left her mother with three daughters and one son to raise. Being the family provider, life has been very difficult for her mother. Still she managed to send her daughter to school. After school, Ani Karma Samten Dolma helped her mother with the field work and the house work. She told her mother that she wanted to become a nun and her mother worked hard to make that happen. In Nepal, cousins are often considered as sisters. When Ani Zopa Lhamo, her cousin also declared that she wanted to become a nun, all the relatives worked together to get the girls to Tek Chok Ling. Ani Karma Samten Dolma is very happy at the nunnery. She has new friends and is happy to be learning new things. She likes studying at the nunnery and her best subjects are Tibetan and science. She wants to learn everything that the elder nuns know how to do at the nunnery so that she can do them later. She hopes her mother can come to Kathmandu to visit her sometime, but if not, she will go to visit her mother in the village in the future.

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Ani Yignyen Lhamo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2010
Village:
Khamay Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
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 Rangjung Lhamo
Birth Year:
2012
Village:
Kuengarabten, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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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 Dechen Wangmo
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2008
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Dechen Wangmo was born in 2008. She is from Yolmo. She has four sisters and two brothers. Her parents are farmer. She went to school for three years in her village. During her holidays she helped her parents by cutting grass and washing dishes. Her father is acquainted with our nunnery and he asked her if she would like to become a nun. She said that yes she would like to do that and so he brought her to our nunnery. They did not teach Tibetan in her village school so she is very happy to be learning it here at the nunnery. She likes her new friends and she like to learn.

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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 Samten Wangmo
Birth Year:
2013
Village:
Samcholing, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
More information to come.

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Ani Tsering Youden
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
1998
Village:
Manang, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Tsering Youden wanted to be a nun from an early age, because she says that it is the best way she can benefit sentient beings. Ani Tsering is fourteen years old and comes from Manang, in the Annapurna region of northwest Nepal, where her father herds cattle and her mother works in the fields. Her father wanted her to stay at home to work but her mother agreed that she could become a nun, and she came to Tek Chok Ling when she was ten. She likes doing pujas, learning English, cleaning, and whatever Khenpo Rinpoche says they should do. She says that even if they squabble sometimes, the young nuns always stay friends and help each other.

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Ani Tsultrim Drolkar
Half Sponsored
Birth Year:
2002
Village:
Samdrub Choling Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Tsultrim Drolkar is from Samdrub Choling Trongsa, Bhutan. She has two sisters and has studied in the government school up to class three. She is very interested in Buddhist text and has come to the nunnery to study them. She would like to study in the shedra and later would like to be a teacher.

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.