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The nuns of Kala Rongo are courageous and hard-working women, and even a small tax-deductible donation will go a long way to supporting their activities - in fact, just $150 supports a nun for a year. Visit NYEMA.org, the non-profit organization which sustains Kala Rongo, for more information on how to help support a specific project at Kala Rongo.
Phunsok Tsomo became a nun when she was 12, and completed three year retreat last year. Now 18, she wishes to do another retreat one as soon as possible.
Tsewang Yangtso became a nun at 16. At that time, she had difficulty reading. But now she is a good reader, and is attending the Monastic College, where she is also learning to write.
One of Kala Rongo's founding nuns, Tsur Tsu has been living in a cave in the mountains above Kala Rongo for the past seven years.
A nun since the age of 12, Tsering Chodron is also a founding member of Kala Rongo. An advanced student of Buddhism, she is preparing to begin 1,000 two-day fasting practices in a row, which will take her seven years.
18-year-old Yangpuk has been waiting to go into retreat ever since arriving at Kala Rongo three years ago, and is helping to build the new retreat house.
A nun since the age of 14, Ochi Drolma is one of Kala Rongo's founders who helped build its first temple structure. She is one of the monastery's bookkeepers, and oversees the kitchen when special guests visit.
Like many older women, Tashi Paldrun, now in her 70s, became a nun later in life, and feels that this time in her life is the most happy and meaningful.
Tsedin (right) and her daughters Yanga (left) and Jigdrun (center) live on the same yak farm that their ancestors have for generations. Like most rural Tibetan women, they provide the majority of the hard labor to keep the farm going and their family from starving.