The Venerable Bhikshuni Karma Trime Lhamo, known as Ani Trime on October 31, 2016 at the age of 88 after complications from treatment of esophageal cancer. Ordained as a nun in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in 1988, Ani Trime was a longtime meditation teacher in Princeton and spiritual director of the Princeton Buddhist Meditation Group. She was also known to many for having taught occasionally with noted Buddhist author Ani Pema Chödrön at Omega Institute.
Born Nettie Louise Poling in Fairmont, WV, Ani Trime served in the Women's Army Corps in the years following World War II, then worked in an array of jobs across the country. During her time as a medical technician in Miami, Florida in the early 1970s, she encountered Tibetan Buddhism through the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, one of the first wave of Tibetan teachers to come to the United States.
In 1986 Ani Trime arrived in the Princeton area, and soon thereafter began practicing meditation with a group of other students of Trungpa Rinpoche on Witherspoon Street at the offices of Fellowship in Prayer (FIP), an organization committed to multifaith prayer and world peace. She would go on to serve for some years as a member of the board of FIP, and to practice meditation with a number of Buddhist groups hosted there. She was also a resident in the early 1990s of Gampo Abbey, a Western monastery in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
In the early 2000s, the group now known as the Princeton Buddhist Meditation Group took shape around Ani Trime and her teachings. Through her work with this group and with her current teacher Anam Thubten, as well as in such venues as the Omega Institute and Steve Buscemi's "Park Bench," Ani Trime touched thousands of lives. Ani Trime Lhamo is survived by hundreds of grateful and adoring meditation practitioners who cherished her clarity, sense of humor, and nononsense approach to spiritual practice in an everyday, downtoearth context.