The Tibetan sponsorship scheme (previously Monk Sponsorship Scheme) was originally 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 exiled Monks, exiled lay Tibetans in India, Nuns, and students at Gyalten Charity School in Tibet.
“Some people need so little, but they need so little so much”
In 1959, because of the oppressive Communist occupation of Tibet, Kyabje Rinpoche followed the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, HH Dalai Lama, into India. In a few short years, 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 extreme torture in an attempt by communist dictators to annihilate Buddhism and its’ followers. As the genocide of Tibetans continues to this very day, some still manage to escape and find a haven in camps in India. We provide food, clothing and medical assistance directly to Tibetan refugees through this scheme.
Summary of the Scheme
- Sponsors pay $10.00 (Au) a month or $120 per year.
- The recipient receives the entire $10.00.
- Nothing is kept back for expenses.
- The scheme is administered by volunteers.
- Receipts are issued yearly for all payments.
- Recipients sign for their contribution.
- Records are audited annually
- The scheme is administered in Adelaide, Australia.
- Sponsors and recipients can correspond depending on local political stability or restrictions in Tibet.
- 1064 sponsored
- There are nearly 600 monks, nuns and school children awaiting sponsorship.
Sponsor an individual.
The scheme currently has sponsors from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, Sweden, Kuala Lumpur and USA.
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 as the little starfish in his hand as he tossed it into the waves, he replied:
“IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE TO THIS ONE.”
Tibetan Sponsorship is administered by the Tibetan Buddhist Institute 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.
Other Projects: Jamgon Publications is dedicated to the preservation and publication, in bilingual Tibetan-English editions, of the works of one of the pre-eminent representatives of that tradition, Khensur Kangyur Lobsang Thubten.