Thanks to your support, Bodhi Seeds has fulfilled its goals for 2011–2012.
We have been able to stand firmly behind the Tso Jey Medical Clinic and have funded its operational expenses and the salaries for our nurse, physician and custodial staff. Men, women and children can find help at the clinic seven days a week and receive free medication funded by Bodhi Seeds.
We would like to be able to give each monk at Rumtek an annual stipend that enables him to make a trip home to visit family. It’s an important visit for the well being of both the monks and their family. This year, with your help, every monk who needed the support, received it, happy to make the trip home.
Our on-going commitment has also been to the children of the area, funding their tuition for educational expenses. Individual donors have made it possible for several children to obtain full tuition to pursue their educational dreams. There are more children who are requesting help, but we do not at present have sufficient money for their sponsorship.
In 2012-2013, Bodhi Seeds will need your support to enable it to continue to pursue and expand on the goals you have for Rumtek’s health and well being. Rumtek went through a difficult period following the earthquake of 2012. With your help, the clinic services were available to the monks and villagers while the monastery structures were repaired. In 2013, please help us make certain these services can continue and grow to include more preventative health care and health education for monks, and the men, women and children of the villages.
Acharya Tashi visited Rumtek in October 2012. He not only reported that the clinic was running well, but also that the monks, villagers and administration were universally appreciative of your efforts. We finalized plans for an ESL teacher that had been requested by the shedra leadership in 2010. If we can obtain sponsorship for him, our teacher will leave Seattle for Rumtek in March 2013. We will need to raise money for his airfare and a small monthly stipend. Finally, more children need educational support and in 2013; we would like to double the number offered help so that they can pursue their hopes for a better future.
Each of you has a personal relationship with Rumtek. Every monk we speak to, villager we help, child we hold, mother we counsel—it is you that is quite literally there with us. We feel great joy in doing this, and make aspirations that you will join us again in the coming year as you have in the past.
Acharya Tashi Wangchuk
Don Ross, M.D.
Susan Kirchoff, RN, MA
We'd like to let everyone know that we've received an official letter of thanks from the monks at Rumtek Shedra. One of the many things that Bodhi Seeds does for the Rumtek monastic community is provide them with clothing and a modest allowance. Please read their letter of thanks below. Thank you all for your ongoing support. Your contributions, large or small, makes a real difference in the lives of others :).
September 27, 2011
It is said that “true giving is true receiving.” When we give genuinely to support the basic needs of impoverished children, provide education that will open doors to fresh starts and new opportunities, make medical care accessible to the sick and elderly-this indeed is the very best gift we can to give ourselves.
A gift in any amount can make a great difference in the lives of many people. Even a small donation will contribute toward the health and well-being of those who earnestly seek a means to fulfill their basic human potential.
Bodhi Seeds provides such opportunities by dedicating its resources to the support of monastics, students, and the elderly in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Bhutan.
It is only possible to accomplish these goals through your generosity and active interest. I would like to request your kind support of our efforts to relieve some of our world’s most fundamental sources of suffering. Through our mutual intention, may the pain of illness be relieved and may education open all eyes to the genuine wisdom world.
Thank you in advance for your gift.
Please contact Bodhi Seeds staff in your area to join us in this profound enterprise to overcome our world’s suffering.
Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche
Bodhi Seeds was founded by The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche to help with the many needs of Tibetan monastics and lay communities in South Asia.
This project provides direct financial assistance to Tibetan monks and nuns (both young and old) in South Asia, who are committed to continuing their study and practice of the pure traditions of the dharma. Donations supply individual monastics with books, food, clothing and medical care. Monasteries, such as Rumtek in Sikkim, (the seat of the Karmapas) have limited resources and cannot fully support all of the young Tibetan refugees who seek their traditional training. These individuals may lack texts crucial for their studies and other basic necessities.
Bodhi Seeds also supports lay Tibetan refugees in all areas of life, such as school tuitions, medical costs, books, and the daily expenses of life. Schooling is a significant factor in the lives of these children and is often their only means to learn the skills that will allow them to be independent later in life, to assist other family members and their exile communities.
Bodhi Seeds would like to thank those people who have sponsored Tibetan monastics and children this year. Your contributions are supporting young monks and nuns in the process of developing their full training in sila, samadhi, and prajna. Older lamas with serious medical conditions are receiving assistance as well. Several monks in three-year retreat will be supplied with food, warm clothes, and practice materials. Young children are being provided with funds for school tuition and books.
Because these individuals have meager resources, or perhaps none at all, your generosity has touched their lives in a fundamental way. Bodhi Seeds extends to all of you sincere appreciation for your concern and kindness.