Ani choying drolma(Also pronounced as dol-ma), born to Tibetan exiles in 1971 in Nepal. Her parents had fled the Cultural Revolution in 1959.
At age 13, Ani choying entered Nagi Gompa on Shivapuri, a Buddhist nunnery on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. The abbot of Nagi Gompa, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, an honored teacher of non-conceptual meditation, looked after Ani Choying's development and taught her to sing traditional Tibetan Cho chant.
Ani Choying Drolma is an exceptional singer, admired by fans in Nepal and throughout the world. People are moved to tears by the plaintive purity of her voice, and the haunting melodies of her ancient songs and hymes, passed from master to pupil for many centuries.
Ani Choying has always believed that nuns have a great desire and potential to make the world a better place, if only given equal opportunities. Arya Tara School, opened in 2000, aims to equip nuns to help and to serve their communities in a professional and humanitarian capacity. With a fully developed and realized potential, she believes that her nuns will be able to not only help themselves, but also to help others. In brief, Arya Tara School aims to help young nuns bring their compassion into fruition, actively, effectively, skillfully and meaningfully.
Traditionally, says Ani Choying, women’s education is neglected in Asia. “most of the girls at my nunnery are from rural areas either in Tibet, India or Nepal, patriarchal cultures where women are expected just to cook, clean and bear children. Even in the nunnery, they are taught to read classical Tibetan in order to do the religious practice, but many cannot write their own names.” Arya Tara School would educate them in Literacy, Maths, Science, Medical and Nursing skills, and Buddhist philosophy. Visit Here http://choying.com
Her CD Recording on the names:
(1) “Cho” in 1997 for Worldwide release by an American CD company, Choying Drolma and the Nagi Nunnery Foundation sing songs and invocations of the Cho ("cutting") teachings based on the Prajnaparamita practices established by siddha Padampa Sangye and Machik Labdron. The delicate filigree of chants and supplications is beautifully and sparsely adorned by Tibbetts's treated guitars, percussion, and effects to create an otherworldly experience so alluring in its fragility it is easy to forget the strength of purpose behind these messages of generosity, loving kindness, and compassion through release of the ego. Far beyond the often superficial "new age," Cho is so rich in contemplation and spirituality that even a cursory listen can hardly fail to evoke a beneficial response, and this glorious tapestry of sound alone is enough homage to its 1,100-year legacy.Listen to samples
(2) “Dancing Dakini” in 1999, In the spring of 2000 Ani Choying's second CD was released, Sina Vodjani & Choying Drolma Dancing Dakini
(3) “Choying” in 2000,
(4) “Moments Of Bliss” in 2004
(5)"Selwa" worldwide released in USA in 2004, It's been seven years since Minnesota-born guitarist Steve Tibbetts and Chöying Drolma, a sweet-faced, crop-haired Tibetan nun, released their first collaboration, Chö. On this sophomore effort, the two have created another series of placid sonic journeys, wherein Drolma's nasal yet pristine alto-to-mezzo soars amid a restrained blend of guitar, electronica, drones, and overdubbed voices, augmented by Marc Anderson's hand-drums and occasional hints of whispery chimes touched by nothing human.
Chöying Drolma is a proponent of Vajrayana Buddhism, in which obstacles to enlightenment are proactively cut free via intense forms of meditation that can take place in graveyards and other provocative locations. No passive convent recluse, she has founded a school for nuns and continues to reach out to the world via the beauty her voice, while remaining aloof from its frenzy. The album leaves a strangely energetic peacefulness in its wake; a profound relaxation that also encourages action toward betterment. --Christina Roden
(6) “Smile” in 2005 and
(7) "Inner Peace" in 2006 is Ani Choying's sixth CD and it consists of 4 mantras sung in melody. This CD (inner peace)was made to support Nuns welfare Foundation of Nepal All of the money raised through Ani Choying's performances and record sales go directly to the Nuns Welfare Foundation. Her latest two Album "Time" and "Taking refuge" released in 2007 and also made to support NWF, Nepal.
Her songs also appeared on various albums, including “Head Massage” by Soul Flip, and the “Buddha Bar” David Visan & Mikael Winter feat Ani Choying Drolma, Song: Tantra Tibet.
Ani Choying began recording the melodious Chö songs in 1996, and the first album, Choying Drolma and Steve Tibbetts Chö, was released in 1997. In the spring of 2000 Ani Choying's second CD was released, Sina Vodjani & Choying Drolma Dancing Dakini. Immediately after this release, Ani Choying began to record her third CD, Choying, in a local Kathmandu studio. Although one hundred copied of this CD were sold in April, Choying's official release is still in the works.
Ani Choying has performed Chö in concert in both the United States, in 1998 and 1999, and in Europe, in 1999. In 2000 she has performed at festivals in both the United States and Europe. Ani Choying recorded her first Nepali CD Moments Of Bliss with local musicians in Kathmandu itself and released her album in 2004. Again in 2004, Ani Choying Drolma released another album with Steve Tibbets- Selwa (meaning “clear” or “awake”)
In June 2005, she released her second Nepali album titled “Smile” and "Inner Peace" is Ani Choying's sixth CD and it consists of 4 mantras sung in melody. All of the money raised through Ani Choying's performances and record sales go directly to the Nuns Welfare Foundation. you can enjoy some music viedo Chants from Ani Choying Drolma