Nepali nun finds freedom from misogyny through music

August 10, 2011

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(Courtesy of Ani Choying Drolma)
Ani Choying Drolma says her songs and Buddhist chants transcend language.

Today we meet Ani Choying Drolma, a Nepali Buddhist nun, internationally renowned singer and social activist. Ani is the founder of the Nuns Welfare Foundation of Nepal, an organization that supports the education and well-being of Buddhist nuns, as well as the Ani Foundation, a U.S. branch for her work. In her autobiography Singing for Freedom, she shares her story of running away from an abusive, male-dominated home to find sanctuary at a Buddhist monastery.

Ani joins us to discuss how becoming a nun has shaped her life’s work. She also performs a few of her songs in our Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio.