Monastic Support Overview
Promoting a healthy monastic environment is integral to the cultivation of scholars and practitioners who can continue to provide guidance to people around the world.
In an unbroken succession from the time of Shakyamuni Buddha to the present day, countless great beings have attained enlightenment and dedicated themselves to teaching this path to others. Because monasteries and shedras produce most of the teachers who preserve Buddhism as a living tradition, Khyentse Foundation supports a stable monastic environment with a strong emphasis on higher philosophical studies and long-term retreat.
Monastic colleges maintain high standards of academic excellence in Buddhist studies, similar to postgraduate programs in the West. Khyentse Foundation is committed to strengthening this tradition and to providing management training for Buddhist scholars, teachers, and leaders for future generations. Khyentse Foundation has created an endowment to support Rinpoche’s institutions in China, India, and Bhutan. The foundation also supports cross-cultural dialogues, language programs, computer courses, and management and leadership programs, with the objective of producing computer-literate Buddhist teacher-scholars who are fluent in both English and Chinese.
It costs about US$5 per day to feed a person in Derge. There are about 2,000 resident monks, nuns, and children in the Dzongsar Derge monastery, shedra, retreat center, and children’s school. That means the total food cost is US$10,000 per day, 365 days per year. Most residents are supported by their own families and the local community, and they also spend 2 months a year begging for alms, as is traditional. The foundation supplies only about 10% of their food costs, which still amounts to $365,000.
KF fully supports the food costs for the approximately 500 monks at DKCLI Chauntra, Together with the medical clinic, English program, library, and other administrative support, the total amounted to about US$180,000 in 2014.
Monks from more than 300 monasteries have attended Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Institute in Bir and Chauntra, India, and in that way we also support monks from nearly all traditions throughout the Himalayan region.
KF has given more than US$3 million to support monasteries in the last 10 years. More than $600,000 was distributed in 2014. At present levels, we need to raise a minimum of $350,000 per year to fulfill our commitments to the monasteries without dipping into our principle (based on an investment income of 5%).
We need to raise a minimum of $350,000 per year to fulfill our commitments to the monasteries without dipping into our principle (based on an investment income of 5%). Donate Now
Support provided by KF has almost quadrupled in 15 years, from 700 monks in 1999 to more than 2,500 monks in 2014.
Health & Wellbeing
KF provides a healthy monastic environment, necessary for the cultivation of scholars and practitioners.
Khyentse Foundation’s Leadership and Development programs give today’s tulkus and rinpoches access to cutting edge skills and capabilities in leadership and management.
Management and accounting mentorships, advanced leadership training, language programs and technology grants.
Monks from more than 300 monasteries from across the Himalayas study at the Dzongsar Institutes, centers of excellence for Buddhist teachers in training.