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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 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 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 Ugyen Lhamo
Quarter Sponsored
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Mongar Chili, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
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.

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Ani Lekthong Lhamo
Birth Year:
1996
Village:
Gelephu, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Lekthong Lhamo became a nun in December 2018. She has one younger brother who lives with their aunt. She has completed Grade 12 at Sherab Ling Central School in Trongsa. She wants to learn how to serve the nunnery and hopes to study at the shedra. She was her own choice to become a nun. She hopes that through studying Buddhism she will learn more about herself and how to benefit beings.

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Ani Sherab Drolma
Birth Year:
2001
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Sherab Drolma completed class ten at Dungtse Central School in Tashigang, Bhutan. She is the youngest of six siblings. She hopes to study at the shedra and in the future plans to be a teacher.

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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 Tenzin Yuden
Birth Year:
2005
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Tenzin Yuden completed class eight in Sakteng Lower Secondary School. She came to the nunnery in 2019. In the future she hopes to study in the shedra and wants to be a chant leader.

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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 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 Ngawang Palzom
Birth Year:
1999
Village:
Mongar Chili, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Ngawang Palzom completed class nine in Dechen Choling Higher Secondary School in Thimphu. She has four siblings. She wants to join the shedra and hopes to do the 3-year retreat.

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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 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 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 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 Lodro Tshomo
Birth Year:
2011
Village:
Marshing, Trongsa
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
International School
Ani Lodro Tsomo is studying in class 3 in Kuengarabten Primary School. She has 6 siblings. She wants to study in shedra and wants to be a Nyerpa and teacher in the future.

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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 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 Lekshey Tshomo
Birth Year:
1997
Village:
Lhuntse, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Lekshey Tshomo completed class ten in Tangmachu Central School. She is the youngest of 6 siblings. In the future she hopes to join the shedra and to do the 3 year retreat.

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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 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 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 Konchok Wangmo
Half Sponsored
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 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 Migyur Paldron
Birth Year:
2006
Village:
Sakteng, Tashigang, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Migyur Paldron completed class six in Sakteng Lower Secondary School. She is youngest of four siblings. After studying in the shedra she wants to be a teacher.

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Ani Dechen Yangzom
Birth Year:
2004
Village:
Mongar Chili, Bhutan
Nunnery:
Karma Drubdey Resident Monastic
Ani Dechen Yangzom completed class eight at Chali Lower Secondary School. She joined the nunnery in December 2018. She has 8 siblings. As a nun she hopes to study at the shedra and is looking forward to doing the three year retreat. She aspires to be a good practitioner and to help others.

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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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Ani Dechen Lhamo
Birth Year:
2011
Village:
Yolmo, Nepal
Nunnery:
Tek Chok Ling nun at Shree Mangal Dvip
Ani Dechen Lhamo came to the nunnery in 2019. She is from Yolmo, Nepal where her parents still live and where she has 4 siblings; one younger sister, two older sisters, and one older brother. She has studied up to class two in her village. Her parents sent her to the nunnery because they wish for her to be a nun. She says that she also wants to be a nun. She also is very interested in going to a more challenging school. She hopes to learn both modern knowledge as well as dharma knowledge. She likes the nunnery very much and she is happy to stay and study with her teachers and friends.

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.