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DONATION PROJECT – DREPUNG GOMANG MONASTERY

Notably known as the second Nalanda University in Tibet, Drepung Gomang Monastic University is one of the most reputed centers (the three great seats: Drepung, Gaden and Sera) for learning, contemplating and practicing Tibetan Buddhism. The creation of Nalanda is prophesied in Langsheg Sutra by Lord Buddha, when Nagaraja Madhopa pledged Lord Buddha with a white conch, Lord Buddha handed it over to Maugalayana, one of his two closest attendants who possessed transcendental miracle-power, with blessed and instructive decree to take it to Gogpa Ri (Garlic Hill) at Gaden in Tibet and hide it there in the hill. It adds that in the future the Bhiksu of Lotus-purity in nature would unearth it and it would thereafter be used as Tsogdhung, to be blown as the signaling medium for gathering to spiritual congregation……

Drepung Gomang Monastery has been able to send small entourage of monks to the United States and Russia to host a Sand Mandala Tour since 1999.

ChakraSamvara Hosts and Sponsors these Sand Mandala Tour since 1999.  Contributions that we humbly made to the monks during the tour help to clothe, feed, and house over 2000 Tibetan Monks.

Monk’s Food Foundation Project

The goal of Drepung Gomang Food Foundation is to ensure the proper nourishment of the monks at Drepung Gomang Monastery. All the food for the monks in the monastery is supplied from college communal kitchen. A breakfast, a slab of bread and a sugarless tea. Lunch consists of vegetable and bread, sometimes rice and dinner of rice or Tibetan noodles soup (Thukpa).  Presently there are 2000 monks living at the monastery. Each year approximately 150 new monks from Tibet, Mongolia, Tibetan Mongolia, Russia, and Nepal and Himalayan region of India such as Ladakh, Arunachal Pradesh and also from Tibetan settlement in India join here to pursue traditional monastic studies.

Since the monastery is dedicated to the survival and continuance of the teachings of Buddha, no person is refused entrance into the monastery. However, many of these monks have no financial resource to support themselves. As a result, Gomang is faced with the ever-increasing problem of providing enough food for the monastery to ensure that everyone living there remains healthy.

The Food Foundation plans to guarantee that the monastery will have enough money in reserve so that even in times of financial drought or crises; there will always be food available. The plan is to raise enough money so that the food allowance will be paid by the interest generated by money deposited in the Food Foundation. This ensures that no matter what economic situation arises, there will always be supply of food for the monks.

Monthly community kitchen expenses is approximately Rs.9,00,000 to 11,00,000). We are thankful for any contribution given, large or small.

 

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