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:
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.
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.
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.
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.