Ani Dorjay Drolma came to the nunnery in 2005. She speaks Dzongkha and Tibetan. At the nunnery she is responsible for greeting the guests and providing hospitality for them. She is an excellent cook and enjoys helping others. She is excited about learning to speak English and is studying as much as possible.
Ani Shedup Dolma is from Nubri in western Nepal and has two brothers. Her mother, now deceased, brought her to Kathmandu in order to become a nun. She is happy that she was able to become a nun one year before her mother’s death. She worked tending water buffalo, collecting mushrooms and in the nunnery garden. At first in Yolmo, it was difficult living in tin shacks which let in rain and snow. Ani Shedup Dolma worked carrying building stonecs. After coming to Tek Chok Ling, she returned to Yolmo for a year-long retreat, completing two ngondros (sets of preliminary practices) and also doing Avalokitesvara practice. Like others, she rotates through the various jobs at the nunnery. She likes studying English, philosophy and learning the different pujas. She wants to “help the nunnery in any way I can.”
Ani Tsultrim Lhamo came to the nunnery in 2006. She studied in the Bhutanese public school through Grade 8 and speaks Dzongkha, Tibetan and English. She appreciates the simple things in life. She has a good singing voice and enjoys singing dharma songs, especially Milarepa songs. She likes meditating and watching dharma movies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ani Ugyen Lhamo is from Mongar Chili, Bhutan. She has eight siblings, five sisters and three brothers. She has studied up to class eight in the government school. When asked why she decided to be a nun; she said that she believes that if she practices dharma it will benefit her in this life and in the next life. With this kind of benefit, she feels she will be able to help others. She feels that if she practices dharma she will be independent and self-dependent. After her studies she would like to serve the nunnery in whatever way she can.
Ani Karma Seldron is from Samdrup Choling, Trongsa. Her mother died when she was born and her father died soon after. She was raised by foster parents. She has nine siblings. She studied up to the fourth grade at the Samdrub Choling school. She likes to study and play with her friends. She would like to be a teacher in the future.
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.
Ani Yosel Drolma is from Mongar Chili, Bhutan. She has studied up to class seven in the government school. She has four siblings of which she is the oldest. She says that she has come to the nunnery to practice dharma. She thinks that if she practices dharma this will benefit her in this life time and in her next life time. She also feels that it will benefit her parents. She feels that if she stays homes she will have lots of problems with worldly activities. In the futures she plans to study well and she would like to serve the nunnery in whatever way she can.
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.
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.