The Drepung Loseling
Educational Fund

The Drepung Loseling Educational Fund was established in 1988 to preserve traditional Tibetan culture by sponsoring a monk in training at Drepung Loseling. Conditions in the Tibetan refugee camps in India are basic, and the average family is poor.

Young monks born in India have little parental support, and depend almost entirely upon the production of our small farm. Over half of our population is comprised of recent refugees whose parents remain in Chinese occupied Tibet; therefore, they cannot provide them with support. We also have a number of young monks who are orphans.

The Monastery accepts all sincere candidates regardless of their financial situation and must support them by means of the proceeds of the same small parcel of land provided to the original 216 Loseling refugee monks. The Fund helps provide for the basic needs of food, health care and education for these monks.

 
   
 
 
 

How The Fund Works

In establishing this program, we were concerned that some monk students will be cared for while others are ignored. In order that all monk students will receive equal benefits and opportunities through the program, all money received would be used for the general welfare of the entire student body instead of an individual monk.

The cost of sponsoring a monk is US $20 per month. The monk chosen by an individual sponsor would be the monastery's representative to that sponsor. A sponsor can send personal correspondence and small annual gift to his or her ward. Your regular support will be of great help in preserving a highly endangered culture.

A sponsorship packet will be sent to you with a photo and information concerning your sponsored monk. Even if you are unable to be a regular sponsor at this time but wish to help, we greatly welcome all contributions toward the general fund at any time. All donations are tax deductible.

 
     
 
 
 

How Sponsors Have Helped

Better Diets

Before the Fund was established in 1988, the monastery provided only tea for breakfast, bread and tea for lunch, and a simple noodle soup or else rice and lentils for dinner. Anything other than this, the individual monks would have to provide for themselves. As most of them were refugees from Tibet with no means of support other than what the monastery could give them, they had to survive on this meager ration. Now the Fund has been able to improve the diet to the extent that all monks now receive daily tea and bread for breakfast; tea, bread and a vegetable dish for lunch; and a solid dinner in the evening. In addition, younger monks are provided with an egg each and also fresh fruit three times a week. This has greatly increased the health and well being of the entire student body.

 
   
 
 

Better Health Care

Ten years ago tuberculosis, a disease rarely contracted in Tibet due to its high altitude, was the major cause of deaths at the monastery in India. Along with the improved diets and by moving the medical clinic out of a small room under the temple into a more isolated building, they are able to better monitor and treat TB cases. Now it is no longer a life-threatening disease. Also the monastery is now able to cover 50% of all short-term medical expenses incurred by the young monks; the remaining 50% is covered by the monk's teachers and friends. The monastery covers 100% of the medical expenses of those monks requiring long term medical treatment.

 
   
 
 

Better Education

Another great accomplishment is the completion of a school for young monks to receive an education in modern subjects simultaneous to the traditional training. The school is recognized by the Indian educational board, and thus monks graduating from it will be eligible to attend Indian colleges and universities.

 
     
 
 
     
 

Monk Sponsorship Application

 
     
 

If you are interested in sponsorship, please contact us at:

1781 Dresden Dr.
Atlanta, Georgia 30319 USA

Phone: 404-982-0051 • Fax: 404-982-6435 • E-mail: fund@drepung.org

 
     
 
 
     
     
 
Drepung Loseling Monastery, Inc. is primarily supported by members and donors.
To find out how you can help, please visit our Membership page.

Copyright © 2014 Drepung Loseling Monastery, All Rights Reserved.
To report errors, please contact webmaster@drepung.org