In a world torn by strife and polluted by excess, it is truly rare to come upon something that offers everyone, regardless of color or creed, a way to peace and lasting happiness. Still rarer to find a living tradition dedicated to the preservation of that way.
It is remarkable then that the Buddha’s way of wisdom and compassion, first taught over 2500 years ago, is still available to our modern world thanks to the tireless efforts of many generations of Tibetans. The turbulent times that have swept Tibet since 1950 though have placed this tradition in great peril.
With this in mind, Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche founded Lhundrub Chime Gatsal Ling in the hopes that it might become a center for the protection, preservation and spread of the Buddha’s teachings. But of course, the temple, however beautiful, cannot uphold the teachings. Nor can the teachings uphold themselves. A monastic community of at least fifty or one hundred is needed to produce scholars and practitioners capable of this important task. And since the monks, upholders of the teachings, are human, they require three meals a day, tea, water, robes, soap, towels and other things. Most importantly, they must also receive an education, which entails study materials, study facilities and teaching faculty.
By supporting our monks you are by extension helping to preserve the Buddhist tradition and promote the basic human values they live by.
The cost of living
The Chime Gatsal Ling Sponsorship Fund provides for the basic necessities of our monks. Donations and sponsorship monies pay for the cost of food, housing, clothing, study materials, health care and other essentials.
When all of the living and study expenses are added together, it costs roughly US$30 a month to care for a monk. In other words, for one dollar a day you can provide for all of a monk’s basic necessities AND see that he gets an education.
Can you help?
We welcome ongoing sponsorship or one-time donations which can be made by direct deposit to the Chime Gatsal Ling Sponsorship Fund bank account. If you are interested in becoming a monastery sponsor, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations can be made online:
Cheques and money orders (be sure to mention Lhundrub Chime Gatsal Ling) can be mailed to:
The Jamtse Tsokpa Foundation
5803 Cherry St.
Kansas City, MO 64110
How your money is used:
Money donated to our sponsorship program is not used as ‘spending money’ nor is it given directly to the monk to manage. Rather the sponsorship monies are managed by the monastery administration. This ensures that every donation is used for the purpose intended and allows for an equitable distribution of support.