|Losar Tashi Delek! – we send you best wishes for the New Year of the Water Tiger!
As His Eminence always reminds the board, the purpose of the Ripa Ladrang Foundation is ‘Virtue’. We take this to mean work for the benefit of others. While our core mission is the preservation of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, culture and arts and the support of the teachings and activities of His Eminence and the Ripa Lineage Buddhist teachers; it is also to support humanitarian aid to groups and communities in need. In these times, this has taken on a new kind of urgency.
The past few years have presented us all with unexpected challenges. It is heartbreaking that we are in this time of war and disease. Everyone has needed to adapt to new realities related to covid, and now with the invasion of Ukraine, many of our sangha there have had to flee for safety. We are heartened by the generous response of the European sangha and the Ripa International Center in Switzerland who have opened their homes and facilities by offering to host them. For those in the international sangha who may wish to contribute to the costs of helping the people of Ukraine, we will make sure that these donations go toward this effort.
His Eminence, Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche and Dungsey Lhuntrul Rinpoche are all in good health. And in 2021, they have been active in online and in-person teachings and supporting the regular training and ritual activities at the monasteries in India and Nepal. The pandemic has allowed teachings over Zoom to be available to all students online, which has dramatically increased attendance.