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Kopan Nunnery: Its People
Venerable Lobsang Kunchok

Venerable Lobsang Kunchok

Venerable Lobsang is from Shator, Tibet, is 20 years old and has been in the nunnery for 7 years. She is an orphan - her mother passed away when she was an infant and her father passed away when she was 15 years old.

She was introduced to Kopan nunnery by her aunty and has always wanted to lead a spiritual life from young but did not have the opportunity as there are no nunneries in Tibet. Her journey from Tibet to Kathmandu took two weeks. She had to walk from Tibet to Solo Kumbu, which took more than a week and then a bus journey to Kathmandu.

Venerable Lobsang Dhekyong

Venerable Lobsang Dhekyong

Venerable Dhekyong is from Tsum, is 30 years old and has been in the nunnery for 7 years. She is an orphan – her father passed away when she was 4 years old and her mother passed away last year.

At Tsum, she worked as a servant from the age of 8 – 23 years old. She worked in the fields from 10am to 8pm daily. She came to Kopan Nunnery to be educated to be able to teach others some day.

Despite finding some difficulties in her studies, she is very grateful for the opportunity to study at the nunnery and to be provided all her living needs. She very much appreciates the given to her when she fell ill at the nunnery.

Venerable Tenzin Zompa

Venerable Tenzin Zompa

Venerable Zompa is from Tsum, and is 7 years old – the youngest nun. Her parents are separated.
She came to Kopan Nunnery to receive an education as she would otherwise have to work in the field or as a servant as there are no schools available to her.

Her aunt is a nun at the nunnery, who looks after her and shares a room with her and another room mate.

Pemba Chondron – new arrival Tibetan girl

Pemba Chondron – new arrival Tibetan girl

Pemba is from Thingri, Tibet, is 19 years old and has just arrived after a 12 day journey, passing through Solo Kumbu. She had to wait for 2 days for heavy snow fall to clear.

She followed a group of business men from Tibet to Solo Kumbu.

She has always wanted to be a nun but like the others, did not have the chance as there are no nunneries in Tibet now. Her cousin is a nun at the nunnery and she was most delighted when she was given permission to enter the nunnery due to the kindness of Khenrinpoche Lama Lundrup.