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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 Tsheten Dolma
Birth Year:
1990
Village:
Sindhupalchok, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Tsheten Dolma was born in 1990 and is from Sindhupalchok, Nepal. She has two elder brothers, two younger brothers, and one elder sister. Both of her parents are alive. When she was seventeen years old she joined the Nyamdroling Nunnery in India. However, her parents became ill and her relatives requested that she move back to Nepal to be nearby to take care of them. Being a nun is her own decision and she and her friend Ani Tshering Wangmo have joined Tek Chok Ling together. She is very happy to be here and is happy to continue her buddhist nunnery training.

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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 Delek Sertso
Birth Year:
2006
Village:
Lubesa Punakha, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Delek Sertso joined the nunnery in September 2019. She is the youngest of 3 children. She was not able to go to school when she was at home. Now she is looking forward to studying Buddhism. Eventually she would like to study in the shedra and would like to do retreat. She hopes all of this will help her mother and all beings.

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Ani Kelsang Dolma
Birth Year:
1989
Village:
Tibet
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
Ani Kelsang Dolma is from Tibet. She has three sisters and two brothers. When she was seventeen her parents sent her to Nepal with a group of business people telling her she would be happy as a nun in Nepal. It took her fifteen days to make the trip from Tibet to Nepal. She started her experience of being in a monastery at Thubten Choling Monastery, located high in the remote mountains of Nepal, by working there for three years before becoming a nun. There are about 700 monks and nuns at Thubten Choling, and due to its remoteness, limited resources, and large Tibetan refugee population, it is a challenging situation. She has returned to Tibet twice. The first trip was successful but on her second trip she was jailed for forty-five days and then sent back to Nepal. Her father passed away a month ago and a relative who is a monk brought her to Tek Chok Ling. She has never had the opportunity to go to school before arriving at Tek Chok Ling. She is very happy to be able to study and to receive training in texts and rituals. She says that the nuns at Tek Chok Ling are very nice and the food is very good! She is finally happy being a nun. In the future she hopes to be able to do good.

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Ani Tsultrim Sangmo
Birth Year:
2009
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
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 Pema Lhatsho
Birth Year:
2004
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Pema Lhatsho completed class four in Sakteng Lower Secondary School. She has four siblings. In the future she wants to study in the shedra, hopes to do the retreat. She wants to be a teacher of Buddhism.

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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 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 Tandin Biddha
3/4 Sponsored
Birth Year:
2009
Village:
Khamey, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Tandin Biddha joined the nunnery in 2014. She is the cousin of Ani Karma Thinley Yandron who joined the nunnery earlier in 2014. Ani Tandin Biddha’s grandmother brought her to the nunnery because her mother, after getting drunk, would hit her. Her grandmother is hoping that the nunnery will provide her with an education, and a safe and better life. Ani Tandin Biddha is very happy at the nunnery. She would like to be a Nyerpa when she grows up. For now she likes playing ball, blowing up ballons, going to bed early and getting up late. She particularly likes Ani Yeshi because she has given her shoes and many other things. And she likes her teacher Ani Jamyang Chotsho who is very kind to her.

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Ani Deki Palmo
Birth Year:
2002
Village:
Sakteng Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Deki Palmo came to the nunnery in 2019. She has studied in the govenment school through grade four. After that she had to drop out of school to help her mother. She has six siblings. It is her own desire to join the nunnery. She wants to learn about Buddhism and in that way help her mother and all beings. She plans to study well, to serve the nunnery and to do a retreat in the future.

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Ani Sangay Wangmo
Birth Year:
2010
Village:
Dolpa Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Sangay Wangmo came to the nunnery in 2019. She is from Dolpa, Nepal where both her parents and her three siblings still live. She has one younger sister, one younger brother, and one elder brother. She was able to do one year of school in her village. She has become a nun because she wants to learn about the dharma. She likes everything about the nunnery.

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Ani Karma Chozom
Half 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 Dechen Wangmo
Birth Year:
2008
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling Resident Monastic
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 Damcho Drolma
Birth Year:
2012
Village:
Baling Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Damcho Drolma is studying in Kuengarabten Pre-school in class PP.

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Ani Rinchen Yangki
Birth Year:
2012
Village:
Baling Trongsa, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Rinchen Yangki is studying in Class PP in Kuengarabten Pre-school.

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Ani Jetsun Chodron
Birth Year:
2006
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Jetsun Chodron is currently studying in Kuengarabten Primary School in class five. She is sister of Ani Gurme Palmo.

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Ani Sonam Pelki
Birth Year:
2001
Village:
Samdrup Johgkhar
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Samdrup Jongkhar has wanted to be a nun from a very early age. Finally at fourteen, she has been allowed to join the nunnery. She has studied up through class seven at Bhutan’s public school. She has two elder sisters, four elder brothers and one younger brother. She likes listening to teachings and she plans to be a nun for the rest of her life.

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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 Kelzang Palmo
Birth Year:
2005
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Kelzang Palmo completed class seven in Sakteng Lower Secondary School. In the future she would like to study in the shedra and wants to be a teacher.

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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 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 Yignyen Lhamo
Quarter 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.

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.