Anila Thupten Chonyid (Carmen Kichikov)
This is my sweet friend Anila Thupten Chonyid in Howell, New Jersey, USA. She has been a nun for over two decades.
She use to attend all the dharma teachings and I tagged along with her. She had a huge dharma library and I would borrow so many exciting dharma books from her then call her up always to discuss for hours on the phone. I loved discussing dharma with her. She is very knowledgeable and humble. She was very patient with me.
When I was starving in Gaden Monastery when I first arrived, I wrote several ppl and family to help sponsor me every month just around US$20 a month, I didn’t get a response. But our Guru Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche of Rashi Gempil Ling (Howell) asked Anila and she agreed.
For years Anila sent me US$50 to sponsor per month for my study and life as a monk in Gaden. She was my only source of help and she really got me through the lean years. I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL TO HER. She gave me help when no one else would. I can never forget her kindness.
She lived right down the street from my childhood home and I loved her company. We spent alot of time together and she use to call me a ‘great kid’…she was one of the best friends I had ever had in Howell. I can’t describe in words how much she affected me in a positive way. She WAS AND IS SO DEVOTED TO OUR GURU KENSUR LOBSANG THARCHIN RINPOCHE and that had a huge powerful impact on me as a good example. I really treasure the times we spent together which was alot.
Our ‘Tsem Rinpoche Bio Research Team’ just had two wonderful interview sessions with her. She was open and helpful.
Beng Kooi text messaged me and said of Anila: “The interview with Anila is so amazing and moving. I cannot describe it in words.”
Paris texted me and said, Anila is really what she expects of a nun. Kind gentle, helpful, giving, and just a pleasure to be with. Our group really super enjoyed and felt super honored to be in the presence of a real genuine kind nun that practices dharma. I am honored and blessed to know her also. May anila live very long and always bless many. Thank you Anila for your friendship, support, gentle presence and kindness to me when I was a kid and now as an adult.
Anila is standing in front of the childhood temple I always went to. This is where my root guru Kensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche gave such incredible discourses, initiations and teachings. I attended many as a child together with Anila. I sat next to her during the teachings. This is where I took refuge and had my first initiation in this temple in Howell, New Jersey, USA. It was 10 mins by bicycle from my house.
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