Listen: Nepal’s rock star Buddhist nun, Ani Choying Drolma

Listen to the music of Nepalese musician and Buddhist nun Ani Choying Drolma.

Lilly Greenblatt
18 October 2016

Ani Choying Drolma’s unique singing style is heard in her “Great Compassion Mantra.”

Buddhist nun and musician Ani Choying Drolma has been making headlines recently with the likes of The Seattle Times, for her simultaneous roles as both a Buddhist nun and one of Nepal’s biggest musical stars.

Drolma has recorded more than 12 albums showcasing her unique, modern take on traditional Tibetan music and chanting. She is the founder of the Nuns’ Welfare Foundation, which aims to provide nuns with secular and Buddhist knowledge, and encourages them to be active participants in social welfare. She also serves as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador to Nepal.

Drolma was 13 when she entered monastic life as a way to escape her father’s abuse. She was welcomed at Nagi Gompa nunnery, where she learned to chant Buddhist scriptures that she now performs around the world.

Her live performance at the 2014 INKtalks is also not to be missed:

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