Ani Pachen Dolma (1933-2002)

Adelaide Donnelley reports on the life and death of Tibetan nun Ani Pachen Dolma, imprisoned for twenty-one years for resisting the Chinese occupation of Tibet.

Adelaide Donnelley

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Ani Pachen Dolma, the Tibetan nun made legendary for her leadership in resistance to the Chinese occupation of Tibet and for her subsequent twenty-one-year imprisonment, died of heart failure at her home in Dharamsala, India, on February 2, 2002. She was sixty-nine years old.

The only child of a powerful Tibetan chieftain, Ani Pachen was training to become a nun in 1950 when the Chinese invaded Tibet. In 1958, after the death of her father, she left her spiritual practice to take his place, leading her people into the hills in a guerilla campaign against the Chinese invaders.

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