Greetings from the Ripa Ladrang Foundation and family. We wish you an auspicious 2147 New Year of the Iron Mouse which begins on Monday, February 24, 2019. February is a festive month as we celebrate Losar, the Tibetan New Year and is a time for purification and new beginnings. During this month, the effects of positive and negative actions are multiplied 100,000 times and practice is emphasized!
With your support, the Ripa Ladrang Foundation has been sponsoring each of our Ripa Monasteries in Nepal and Orissa, India where we have approximately 500 monks in residence. This has been made possible through your generosity and annual Monk Sponsorship contributions. Your continued monk sponsorship is essential in order to pay for the cost of their education, room, board and medical care for this underprivileged group of children and young adults.
In the past few years, the monk donations have gradually decreased even as the population of monks has grown. The widening gap was partially filled by a generous donation we received from the estate of Michael Reid, who always had a special fondness for the education and training of future generations of practitioners and teachers. However, we remain concerned about sustaining our long term support for the education of our monks in this special spiritual training and practice environment. Any additional support you may provide will be deeply appreciated and is definitely needed. Will you please consider supporting the next generation of Ripa teachers and practitioners?
Make a One-Time Donation to Sponsor a Monk
Make a one-time donation to the Monk Sponsorship Program by selecting an amount below.
Or you can send a Check or Money Order made out to the Ripa Ladrang Foundation. Please notify the foundation that you would like to sponsor a monk via email or in a letter. You can email the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your letter/check should be sent to:
Ripa Ladrang Foundation
11270 Exposition Blvd.
PO Box 64887
Los Angeles, CA 90064-9998
The Monk Sponsorship program is one way that we strive to ensure the very basics of Buddhist philosophy – human kindness and compassion. Monk sponsorship is a very powerful way for anyone, but particularly students of Buddhist teachings, to demonstrate their gratitude to the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas who are continuously working for our benefit. Supporting the monks in these times sends tremendous blessings to a weary world. To support the monastic community is to plant seeds of enlightenment for countless beings.
The purpose of the monk sponsorship program is to provide for a monk’s basic necessities during his life at the monastery. The sponsorship monies pay for the costs of food, housing, clothing, study materials, health care and other basic necessities for the monks.
We have approximately 500 monks in our 3 monasteries. Only one-third of our monks have sponsorships.
- Yearly goal: $200,000
- This is a recurring cost each year.
Monks are of vital importance to our monastic life and teaching of Buddhism. They are a major source of help and support 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.
We currently have sponsorship for one-third of our monks. By donating US $500.00 per year, a monk is able to pursue his Buddhist practice and dedication to serving others without the distraction of having to pay for food, clothing, and shelter.
“The Buddha Dharma is the ultimate source of happiness and refuge for all beings. We should preserve it through practice and so preserve the precious lineage of living wisdom teachings. In order to do this, the monastic setting is indispensable. Such a sanctuary radiates positive energy and promotes peace, harmony, happiness and liberty throughout the entire universe.”
– H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche
We are grateful for your continued support and generosity and we look forward to hearing from you in the New Year. Losar Tashi Delek!
With Love and Gratitude,
The Ripa Ladrang Team