Dakpa Khamgtsen Building Fund

After having fled their country due to the 1959 Chinese invasion, Tibetans, under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, have struggled to rebuild their monastic universities. For hundreds of years, these monastic universities have been successfully producing great scholars and practitioners who are able to guide interested individuals on the Buddhist path. These learned monks and nuns are the vital bridge connecting the teachings of the Buddha and the great masters of the past to practitioners today.

These relocated monasteries are completely dependent on the generosity of lay people. The lay populace are able to provide daily meals for the monks and nuns, but are unable to provide additional housing. Because of this, the monks and nuns must rely on the generosity of sponsors for the construction of their own living quarters.

Every day, there are still more Tibetans fleeing their country to join these monasteries to study. Due to the influx, there is not enough housing for these monks and nuns. There is a serious need for more living quarters, improved sanitation and improved living conditions over all.

The Dakpa Khamgtsen, part of the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, South India, currently houses over 100 monks living in quarters that were originally designed for only 25. CTS was a significant benefactor in helping to construct a bath house for the monks. Our focus now is to help fund much needed dormitory rooms to accomodate the arrival of many monks from the Markham region of Tibet. The current shortage of adequate accommodations means that some monks remain without adequate shelter.

The Dakpa Khamgtsen has acquired land and is in the process of constructing another 50 to 60 room dormitory for about 100 monks. Funds are still needed to complete the work. Please help support the Charleston Tibetan Society in making this a reality. Even a small contribution to our Dakpa Khamgtsen fund will make a big difference in the lives of these monks and nuns.