Sponsor a Monk
The purpose of the monk sponsorship program is to provide for a monk's basic necessities during his life at the monastery.
The sponsorship pays for the costs of food, housing, clothing, study materials, health care and other basic necessities for 48 Tibetan monks. By donating 83 cents a day, a monk is able to pursue his practice and dedicate his life to serving others.
Bodhicitta, or Monk sponsorship, is a very powerful way to express our gratitude to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who are continuously working for our benefit.
Supporting the monk Sangha in these times sends tremendous blessings to a very weary world. To support the monastic community is to plant seeds of enlightenment for countless beings.
Preservation of Tibetan Culture
Monks are of vital importance to the progress of Buddhism. The monks are the major source and labor behind the preservation of the Tibetan Language, culture, dance rituals, prayers and practices, written language (Sanskrit), and holy traditions and transmissions brought from India by the enlightened teacher Padmasambhava.
Importance of Monastic Life
The support of the Monastery and the monks shows several positive and auspicious signs.
1. Support the work of the monks to live a life dedicated to Dharma, to serve other beings, and to achieve accomplishment on the spiritual path.
2. Support monastic traditions and way of life, including the monks' act of giving up all material possessions and taking chastity vows; these vows are acts of courage, discipline and compassion that humble and inspire us to dedicate as much of our lives to the support, practice, and advancement of the Dharma as possible.
3. Support the preservation and advancement of the history and traditions of the ancient practices and rituals.
4. Understand how supporting the monks, supports the unfoldment, development and improvement of our own practice.
Meaning of nk is like dropping a stone in calm water. The ripple effect is exponential. Through your generosity a monk is able to enter and stay in the monastery. When you support a monk you not only create good karma for yourself but you now have support from a monk and a direct link with the community and the monastery. Think about it this way, you will have a part of you in the monastery.
We strongly recommend communication with the sponsors. It is a great gift that should be taken advantage of for many reasons.
Send mail to the following address:
Mainpat Tibetan Refugee Camp
P.O. Kamleshwarpur, Dist Surguja
Chhattisgarh, 497127, India
Giving small gifts is acceptable and greatly appreciated. The monks enjoy toys, books, clothing, shoes, school material, blankets, and personal items. However, expensive gifts like VCR's, computers, playstations, expensive clothing, large amounts of money (over $100), complex electronic devices, cellular phones, etc. are not good gifts and should not be sent to the monastery. Any gift that might distract them from their studies and duties and monastic vows are inappropriate. Please be mindful of this as you prepare to send a gift. You may send small amounts of spending money, but it is best not to make it a habit as the monastery takes care of all their personal needs.
See the list of Needed Supplies for ideas.
It is very welcome to help with any medical expenses for the Monk whom you sponsor. Most of the routine medical expenses are covered by funds from the monastery and Tulku Karma Jurme Sonam aka H.E. Tsori Rinpoche for the socialized medicine system in India and Nepal. But on special occasions there are emergencies who require expensive operation or treatment. The monastery uses the funds from the Medical Emergencies.