Ani Choying Dolma

Some months ago I was browsing in an art gallery featuring Tibetan art and I came across a CD titled “Dancing Dakinis” by Ani Choying Dolma.  I bought it out of curiosity and was thus introduced to one of my favorite contemporary people and artists.

Anu Choying Dolma is a Buddhist nun who uses her powerful and beautiful voice to raise awareness of the need for the education of Buddhist nuns and to generate funds for a school.   In just a few short years she has built her school where women can learn about Buddhism and other academic topics and become health care providers.  She still continues to sing and record in order to raise money to improve the school and further her goals of education for Buddhist nuns and using voice as a force for healing.

Her songs include much traditional Tibetan music, but some are also styled in a way that includes western and other traditions.  Her music is both mesmerizing and calming, inspiring and enlightening.  Her CDs can be difficult to come by, though Amazon does carry some of them.  If you come across this amazing artist through her CDs or in concert, I highly recommend her to you.

You may read more about her at her website.  


By Carolyn Lee Boyd

Carolyn Lee Boyd is a writer, drummer, and herb and native plant gardener who lives in New England. Her essays, short stories, memoirs, reviews, and poetry have been published in, among others, Sagewoman, Feminism and Religion, Return to Mago E-Zine, The Goddess Pages, Matrifocus, and The Beltane Papers, and various anthologies. Her work focuses on spirituality in everyday life and encouraging new ways to better live in local and global community by seeking guidance in traditional myths, stories, and practices and creating new myths and stories to find our way to a more peaceful, just, and sustainable future.


  1. Thank you for this lovely post. You’ve packed a great deal of truth into it that we would all do well to remember. I found you through Mother Wintermoon – looking forward to exploring some more!

    Blessings to you!

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