The Tibetan sponsorship scheme was established to help support exiled monks at Sera Monastery escaping repression in Tibet, and also their relatives who live nearby in camps in India. Today the scheme sponsors over 1000 exiled Monks, Nuns, lay Tibetans, and students at Gyalten Charity School in Tibet. (previously Monk Sponsorship Scheme)
“Some people need so little, but they need so little so much”
In 1959, because of the oppressive Communist occupation of Tibet, the late Kyabje Kangurwa Khensur Lobsang Thubten Rinpoche (1925-2014) followed the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, HH Dalai Lama, into India. Over 6,000 monasteries in Tibet were destroyed, including Sera Monastery, one of the most famous and largest in Tibet at that time. Many thousands of monks and nuns were imprisoned, suffering torture. As the cultural genocide of Tibetans continues, some still manage to escape to camps in India. This scheme provides food, clothing and medical assistance directly to Tibetan exiles and refugees.
Rinpoche was a former abbott of Sera Monastery and the Lharam Geshe Scholarships was established to fulfil Rinpoche’s dying wish. We support the monasteries educational Geshe programme helping ensure Tibetan Buddhism survives.
Summary of the Scheme:
Sponsors donate $10.00 (AUD) a month or $120 per year.
Lharam Geshe Study Scholarship Sponsors pay $30 per month
The recipient (sponsee) receives the entire amount.
Nothing is kept back for expenses.
The scheme is administered by volunteers.
Receipts are issued twice a year for all payments.
Recipients sign for their funds.
Currency is in Australian Dollars (AUD)
More than 600 monks, nuns and school children still need sponsorship.
We have over 500 sponsors and over 1000 Tibetans have been sponsored by this scheme
Administration: Tibetan Sponsorship is administered by Tibetan Buddhist Institute Trust which was established in April 2005 by Kyabje Khensur Kangurwa Lobsang Thubten Rinpoche, in order to fulfil the wishes of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.
Sponsors can correspond to those recipients in India. The Tibet situation is much more difficult, and it depends on local political stability or restrictions in Tibet. Also many cannot speak or write English.
The scheme has sponsors from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, Sweden and USA.
Tibetan Sponsorship Scheme Annual Newsletter
“I am happy to learn that the Tibetan Sponsorship Schemes which has been founded by Khensur Kangurwa Lobsang Thupten Rinpoche since 1989 has been engaged in supporting monk as well as lay students amongst our Tibetan communities in India. And since 2000, after Khensur Rinpoche made a visit to Tibet, the Gyalten Charity School has been set up and over 300 hundred students are being sponsored. Today their sponsorship for Tibetans both in exile and inside Tibet number over 1300 students.”
“I want to commend the wonderful work the Tibetan Sponsorship Schemes is doing and wish it continued success.” THE DALAI LAMA (signed letter)
A Story of Hope…
A young man was walking along the beach at dawn. Ahead of him he saw an old man picking up starfish and tossing them into the water.
At last the young man caught up with the old man and asked him, “Why are you doing that?” The old man explained that when the sun came up, the starfish abandoned on the beach would die.
“But the beach goes on for hundreds of miles and there are thousands of starfish on the beach. How can your efforts make any difference?”.
The old man looked at the little starfish in his hand as he tossed it into the waves, he replied:
“IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO THIS ONE.”