On Friday, Oct 28th, we had a great time hosting a momo (Tibetan dumpling) party at Maitrivana in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Acharya Tashi, Lama Rabten and a few others spent the whole day in the kitchen making the momos by hand! We also provided a few other dishes and beverages, and guests brought fruit, salad, and dessert.
There were around 40 people who came to the party, which was open to the public. Dinner was sponsored by Bodhi Seeds, with the hope that a good number of people would come for the party, company, and enjoyment, and perhaps consider making a donation to Bodhi Seeds. The generous response was beyond our expectations. The numbers are in, and we were able to raise just over $3,110 CAD that night! Thank you so much to those who came out and donated in support of Bodhi Seeds' programs :).
The momo party was an effort to raise funds to match a challenge grant of $10,000 USD presented by the Raynier Institute & Foundation. We would like to acknowledge the The Raynier Institute & Foundation for last year's grant of $15,000 toward the building and establishment the medical clinic for Rumtek Monastery and community. Based on the success of the start of the Tso Jey Clinic in Rumtek in 2010 and 2011, The Raynier Institute and Foundation is, again, offering $10,000 with another $10,000 matching amount based on our efforts to raise $10,000.
We are so happy that we have already raised over $3,110 toward our $10,000 goal!
On Saturday, Nov 19th, we will be hosting another momo dinner party in Seattle, WA at Nalanda West. Everyone is welcome! Please feel free to bring your family, friends, and whoever you think may enjoy the event and festivities. We hope this dinner will be as successful as the one hosted in Vancouver :D.