Meet our Nun!  Ani Karma Ngawang Choden

In 2014, as an 80th birthday gift to Khenpo Rinpoche, and at the request of our teacher Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, Nalandabodhi Connecticut pledged to sponsor one of his nuns for at least three years.  Our nun is Ani Karma Ngawang Choden, born in 1995, so she is 23 years old this year. (Ani means “nun.”) She is from Tsirang, Bhutan.  She is at the Karma Drubdey nunnery in central Bhutan and is currently in three-year retreat.  At that nunnery there are over 100 nuns living, studying and practicing dharma.  The longest-serving nun has been at the nunnery since 1968, forty-five years of serving Rinpoche and helping to establish the tradition of female monastics in the Kagyu lineage.

NunsMonlam2017Right now, Ani Ngawang is undoubtedly at the Kagyu Monlam with her classmates. We’ve heard that “they loaded up on February 3rd, big trucks and buses to go to Monlom.  They took 90 nuns and 2 Khenpos and 1 Geshe to Monlom to hear HH Karmapa and for the nun debates that are starting this year.  First time, initiated by HH Karmapa as you probably know.  And 90 of our nuns are there from Karma Drubdey and they are expected to do quite well in the debates!  Many of the nuns who have been in the shedra for several years will debate.  The new ones are there to watch and learn.  We also have 30 nuns from TCL who have gone to watch the debates.  So we have 120 nuns at Monlom now!!!  HH Karmapa has done miracles for the women in the dharma!

You can see her with her shedra classmates here, or find more photos of her and her class on Facebook here.

Please join us in supporting Ani Karma Ngawang in 2018!  The cost for one year for all of her needs is only $720. Your donation (made by NBCT through Marpa Foundation) is tax-deductible.


Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche is the root teacher of  Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche.  For many years, Khenpo Rinpoche has put much love and attention in supporting female monastic practitioners. He has exerted careful effort in establishing study and practice opportunities in nunneries, shedras (monastic colleges), and three-year retreats, which are traditionally and commonly only offered to male practitioners. If there was ever a great example of how to practice equanimity, Khenpo Rinpoche is it!

You can read more here.  (Although you can donate directly on that page, please donate here so it counts towards our annual sponsorship commitment.)

Ways to Donate

KTGRNunsInside2We would like as many of our sangha and friends to participate as possible— the gesture of an open-hearted gift has greater significance than the amount.  You can donate through PayPal here, or via cash, check or credit card at NBCT.  To mail a check, see the address below.  Thank you so much for giving!

You can also e-mail your pledge commitment to our finance coordinator, Deb Calloway ( She will follow up with a gentle reminder if needed! 

Checks may be mailed to:  NBCT Finance c/o Deborah Calloway, 220 Stratton Brook Rd., West Simsbury, CT 06092.

Tax-deductible statements are sent at year end or earlier.  Our annual support for Ani Karma Ngawang is made through the 501c3 Marpa Foundation and is fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.