Zongkar Choede is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery located in Southern India that houses over 300 young monks from Nepal, Tibet and the India.
The young monks receive both Buddhist and modern education, food, clothing, as well as healthcare from the monastery.
Since its 1972 re-construction, it has relied completely the donations of devotees and generous supporters to maintain spiritual, and cultural traditions.
Every few years, the current Abbotts (Khen Rinpoches) seek the assistance of supporters outside of India to help support the young monks' growth and education by requesting sponsorships and donations.
Any donation is welcome, 180$ covers all the costs for one monk, over the course of a year.
You can dedicate the positive action to a loved one or if you leave your name your sponsored monk will write you a thank you letter.
This campaign is being run by one of his students (me!) on the behalf of the monastery while the current abbott Khen Rinpoche Jampa Sopa is in Canada asking devotees and supporters for help.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I'd be happy to answer them.Background Information
Zongkar Choede Monastery is historically one of the oldest monasteries in Tibet. The monastery, through the time, became a thriving spiritual community in western Tibet and also became a focal point of Tibetan civilization. Over the time it emerged as one of the largest repositories of Tibetan folk and monastic art, music, dance, artefacts and spiritual training. There existed upper and lower Zongkar Choede within the same wall, each having over 300 monks. The monks followed Buddhist studies, meditative practices and tantric ritual arts. Hundreds of highly realised monks dedicated their lives for the continuation of the monastery to date.
Zongkar Choede monastery was razed to the ground and monks had to escape. Of the original 600 monks of the monastic community of Zongkar Choede before the destruction, less than 5% survived to tell the tale. A decade and a half elapsed in this historical twilight to alive in exile. Reconstruction began in the lush green forests and farmlands of coastal South India near the Arabian Sea in 1972 under the auspices of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Government of India. Mud and bamboo thatches became living quarters, community kitchens and prayer halls for the new Zongkar Choede in exile.
Today Zongkar Choede is a monastic community of 305 monks. It is an active cultural centre open to everyone. At the core of its monastic study programs is Zongkar Choede’s unique heritage: Tibetan monastic chanting, ancient Tibetan monastic ritual mask-dance, the art of butter sculpture, sand mandala, for which the monastery is renowned throughout Tibet and the world. The monks also study Buddhist logic and debate following Sera Jeh monastic university text. The monastery also runs a small school for the young monks providing modern education.
There is also a small traditional Tibetan thangka painting class and traditional incense-making centre to preserve and promote Traditional Tibetan art and also to offer the job opportunity to young unemployed Tibetans.
For more information please visit:https://dzongkarchoede.org