who we are

audience with hhgk arpil 09


Our spiritual guide:


His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje

HH Gyalwang Karmapa

His Holiness has consistently displayed a deep concern for nuns women's issues in general.
Read about his strong stance on women's issues.
Other issues to which His Holiness has strong commitments include environmental protection and a non-sectarian approach to religious practice. For more on his environmental activism, visit the website of his projects.

the nuns of our community

At present, our community consists of four Western nuns ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. We share a deep commitment to living together as monastics, and working to develop a harmonious and joyful community for nuns. Small as we are, we have agreed not to take new members for an initial two-year period, to allow time to create a stable base on which to build later growth.   

Lhundup Damcho

damchoAfter seven years as a journalist in her hometown of New York and in Hong Kong, Damcho was ordained as a sramanerika in 1999. She studied Buddhist philosophy for seven years with Geshe Lhundup Sopa, her preceptor, and produced the English translation of the Sanghata Sutra.

In 2009, Damcho received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, working on Sanskrit and Tibetan narratives about Buddha's female disciples, and exploring the interplat between gender and Damcho is currently working on an English translation of those stories. Since finished her dissertation in 2009, she has lived in India participating in the life of the nuns' community, serving
His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, on various publication projects, and engaging in various Spanish-language Dharma initiatives.

She is a disciple of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje, and  co-translated and edited his most recent book The Heart Is Noble: Changing the World from the Inside Out. In 2010, under the guidance of the 17th Karmapa, she also wrote Karmapa: 900 Years, a historical survey of the Karma Kagyu lineage which has since been  translated into twelve languages.

Damcho gives weekly Dharma talks in Spanish, which can be viewed at www.facebuda.org. She travels regularly to Dharma centers in Latin America, and leads an annual retreat in Mexico. She co-founded the Buddhist study institute that offers online courses in Buddhist philosophy and practice in Spanish, free of charge. This study program was given the name Instituto Budadharma by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in 2012.

Read Damcho's blog (English)

tenzin dapel

DapelBorn in the German-speaking part of
Switzerland, Dapel worked four years as an
elementary schoolteacher before ordaining as a
Buddhist nun at the age of 28. She received
her sramanerika vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and has lived since then in monastic comnmunities in India. She is currently engaged in Tibetan language studies, and spiritual training under the guidance of her lama, His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa. 

Read Dapel's Blog (German)

tenzin nangpel

NangpelcitaBorn to Polish and Mexican parents and raised in Mexico, Tenzin Nangpel has a degree in law, and had a career as a researcher in Mexico's anthropology bureau. She is also a qualified aikido master, and had her own dojo in Mexico. Nangpel studied Dharma in the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions in Xalapa, Mexico, and co-translated the Sanghata Sutra into Spanish. She attended several years of summer instruction in Buddhist philosophy from Geshe Lhundup Sopa, and then went forth as a Buddhist nun, receiving her sramanerika vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2008. Nangpel is undergoing intensive meditation training, having received instruction from Tai Situ Rinpoche.   

karma lodro drolma

drolmaBorn in Mexico City, Drolma has a degree in psychology, and left a successful career as manager of a Radisson Hotel in Mexico to pursue her spiritual path in India. After an initial hair-cutting from her lama His Holiness the Gyalwang Karmapa, Drolma was ordained by Thrangu Rinpoche earlier this year, to become the newest member of our community. Drolma is currently engaged in an intensive course of meditation training.

Read Nangpel and Drolma's Blog (Spanish)


“All beings throughout the reaches of space
must have happiness, be free from suffering,
and quickly attain unsurpassable, perfect and complete awakening.

For that purpose, until buddhahood, I will employ
my body, speech and mind in virtue.
Until death, I will employ
my body, speech and mind in virtue.
From today until this time tomorrow, I will employ
my body, speech and mind in virtue.”

- From our morning prayers