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SPONSORING A TIBETAN MONK

The Chenrezig Foundation Netherlands offers those interested several possibilities to support Tibetans refugees. You can choose to sponsor a monk from Gosok Ladang (a college in the Sera monastery in Bylakuppe), Phuntsok Chokyiling in Kathmandu (a monastery with child-monks) or a (lay) child from Bylakuppe/Hunsur Taluk. We ask a potential sponsor to consider committing themselves for a longer period, to prevent that a child has to give up his school or a monk has to deal with a fall in his financial security when the sponsoring stops.

 

SPONSORING A TIBETAN MONK:

If you sponsor a monk, it is distributed in more than one way. Therefore, it is possible to choose which amount you wish to give on a monthly basis, with a minimum amount of €10,- each month. A part of the amount donated will go towards the community as a whole. This general financial backup is for such things as food, bedding, clothing, but also, when necessary, for doctor/hospital visits, and any follow up expenses incurred. But also medicines and books or studying materials for the monks can be bought from this money. So, with your donation you help to maintain the Tibetan-Buddhist knowledge and culture.
This general reserve depot is meant to ensure that not only one monk profits from it, while the other monks have nothing. You indirectly help the whole community with your donation. For example, since the sponsor project began, some of the monks have received reading glasses, something that was unthinkable before. (Small) medical procedures, which previously were unaffordable, are now within reach and are sometimes, literally, life savers. In addition, the general physical and medical situation of the monks has improved by a more varied and better quality of food and housing.

The sponsored monks each receive an amount that allows them to buy things such as toiletries, clothing and offering objects such as incense (as an exception, they may even at times allow themselves the luxury of a bottle of coke). That amount may differ; it is dependent on the amount that is available from the community financial backup. Should there be a need to pay, for example, for a broken generator or water pump, or for a medical situation for someone from the Ladang, then the amount available will be less.

€0,50 per month is needed to cover the administration fee. This covers the expenses for the website registration, bank charges and the cost of the registration in the Chamber of Commerce.

When we get a sponsor, Tsering Choephel/Jampa Kalsang, our intermediary and representative in Gosok Ladang ensures that, we select a monk, by means of a draw. We choose one photo from the pile of photos (picture is hidden). With only rarely an exception all the monks in the Ladang are refugees from Tibet coming from the same region, Litang in east Tibet, and therefore, they have had to leave their whole family behind. They are all students of Gosok Rinpoche and come to Sera to follow their Geshe study, a university study on Tibetan Philosophy that takes 15 to 20 years to complete. Besides studying, which takes up to 18 hours a day the monks have no time left for other activities. While in Tibet, their families would financially support these monks. That is not possible in India. This is where the foundation takes the place of supporting not only individual monks but the study in general as well. The monks have, apart from their daily expenses, a higher expenditure on books and offerings during rituals. Sometimes they are expected, for their exams, to lead prayer services for entire colleges or the whole Sera Monastery. Besides this, the leading monks and the reincarnated Rinpochees have all kinds of social responsibilities and support with the sponsored money other monks or laymen from the refugee camps who ask for help.

When we get a sponsor for Phuntsok Chokyiling Nepal we use a waiting list that we made with Tsering Choephel, our intermediair and representative in this monastery. All these child monks came from Arunachal Pradesh, a region in the north-east of India. The Tibetan refugees were settled in this area by the Indian government in the midst of ongoing regional conflicts and fighting. As a resut of this the parents are not able to feed their own children, most of these small children are analfabetic and in a bad general condition when arriving in the monastery. The focus is on getting them in a good condition and offer them a general education in a safe environment.

After registering as a sponsor via this website, we will send you a form, on which apart from your personal details, you can also give an indication of your wishes and what your possibilities are with regard to the sponsoring. You will receive a picture by email and a short description of the monk that you will be sponsoring. If you have questions or queries, you can always contact us. For contact details please go to the “contact” page.

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