We are excited to inform you about an inspiring project that Bodhi Seeds (formerly Bodhi Heart) began sponsoring in spring at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim, the seat of the Karmapas. We are in the process of creating a Health Care Clinic that will benefit monastics and lay people, both young and old, men, women and children in need of healthcare. This is a long term project that will take 2-4 years to establish. The clinic has the blessings of the Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche and is being coordinated with the administration of Rumtek monastery. The initial part of this project began in spring 2010 with our Exploratory Medical Expedition to Rumtek.
The medical team used its own resources in order to fund this trip, so that all money raised will go directly for medical care. Funds raised will go towards:
Medications and equipment will be bought in India, in this way we will keep costs down and those who will be using the equipment and medicines will be familiar with those products of local origin.
The medical team has consulted with those who have created medical clinics in Asia and have estimated that the funds needed to set up a basic clinic will be $10,000 U.S. In addition, further funds will be needed to buy medications, supplies and laboratory basics. In all, a total estimate of $14,000 U.S. is needed for the full set up of the healthcare clinic. This clinic will be an on-going Bodhi Seeds project and we will keep you updated on its progress. As mentioned earlier, it will take 2-4 years to establish an ongoing clinic.
Bodhi Seeds also continues to support many Tibetan children by sponsoring their school education, and helping monastics with their studies with such projects as the Library fund which bought 10 computers to further their education. We also recently bought a computer for our Bodhi Seeds administrator in India, to aid in communications between Rumtek and Bodhi Seeds America.
The Medical Clinic is part of the greater vision of Bodhi Seeds to help as many Tibetan refugees at Rumtek as possible. Become a part of this exciting project by giving donating what you can, all funds received go directly to the creation of the medical clinic. As always, thank you for your generosity!!