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This fund allows Rigpa maximum flexibility to direct your donation where it will have the greatest and most immediate effect and benefit. The Rigpa Global Fund helps Rigpa centres, groups and projects all over the world.
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Treasury of Wisdom – Preserving the Teachings
Help us to preserve the teachings by sponsoring the digitising of old audio and video tapes containing unique and precious recordings of great masters who taught in the West. There is a tremendous importance and urgency to complete this task as soon as possible as many of these unique tapes are in severe jeopardy and some may even be beyond repair. Thank you so much for your generosity!
Our Monastic Community
Lerab Ling is home to a thriving community of monastic practitioners who observe a daily schedule of prayer and meditation, following one of the most ancient lineages of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition (the Nyingma school). It is a time-honoured tradition in Buddhism to make offerings to the ordained spiritual community (Sangha). According to the teachings of the Buddha himself, this is an especially meaningful way to practice generosity and accumulate merit.
New Roof over our Holy Shrine
The holy shrine is still the most sacred place in Lerab Ling and a home to so many treasure objects that were offered by great masters of many different lineages to Sogyal Rinpoche. The building is ageing and the roof over the holy shrine needs to be replaced urgently. For many years we have been trying to patch up the roof but that is no longer adequate and we really need to do major construction to make it safe again. This will cost around €30,000. All donation regardless of their size are welcome.
The Long-life Tsa tsa Project
Tsa tsas are small holy objects representing the Buddha and are made in a meditative state while reciting prayers and practices. Currently, 100,000 long-life tsa tsas are being made in Lerab Ling in the same tradition as was done in ancient Tibet but using more modern materials. Once the number of tsa tsas is complete they will be placed in a special stupa in the fields.The costs of making one tsa tsa is approximately €5 and you are welcome to sponsor one or more and share in the merit of this auspicious project.
Preserve the Lerab Ling Temple
Please help to keep Tibet’s tradition alive in Lerab Ling. Your donation will directly benefit the temple, its sacred art and architecture, environment and infrastructure.
Practising Community in Lerab Ling
At the moment, we have a strong team of almost 60 practising sangha members at Lerab Ling made up of the monastic community as well as specialized practitioners. They hold the full range of practices that we follow in Rigpa, from the Longchen Nyingtik tradition, from Lerab Lingpa, and practices from various other lineages.
Vajrasattva Prayer Wheels at Lerab Ling
Sponsoring one or more of the 65 prayer wheels that are being installed near to the Lerab Ling temple, each one containing several thousand mantras of Vajrasattva. Additionally, 3 very large prayer wheels are planned that will contain 100 million mantras of Vajrasattva and Vajrakilaya.
Sponsoring Prayer Flags
Prayer flags printed with auspicious symbols and prayers are considered to transmit peace and benefit around the world by being carried on the wind. In the Tibetan tradition, they bless the countryside and bring harmony, wisdom, health and prosperity to all beings. Your donation will go towards the purchase and sewing of prayer flags and banners which are replaced regularly throughout the year all around Lerab Ling.
In case of ill health, end of life or difficulties (Tendrel Nyesel)
Requests for this practice are read out or projected for 7 days during the daily Tendrel Nyesel practice which is the main practice of the Rigpa community. This practice is especially aimed at eliminating and transforming inauspicious circumstances. Suggested offering €20.
For the deceased (Riwo Sangchö and Dukngal Rangdrol)
The name of the deceased is read out or projected during the daily Riwo Sangchö (Mountain Smoke Offering) practice for 3 days in a row and then for 7 consecutive weeks on the weekday of their passing.Additionally, the name is included for 7 weeks in the Dukngal Rangdrol (Self-Liberation of Suffering) practice, held every week by a specialist group of senior members of the monastic community and lay practitioners. Suggested offering €40.
Sponsoring Tendrel Nyesel on a Special Day
On special days of the Buddhist calendar practice and prayers are said to be even more powerful. Such occasions are Guru Rinpoche Day and Dakini Day (the 10th and 25th days of each Tibetan month) as well as the four major Festival Days associated with the life of Buddha Shakyamuni.Sponsor the Tendrel Nyesel practice on such days, or any other day that is very important to you (e.g. for operations, exams, job interviews, lawsuits, etc.). Suggested offering:• on Guru Rinpoche and Dakini Days – €35• on the four major Buddhist Festival Days – €108• on a day important to you – €20
Dharma Protectors to support your spiritual path
Dharma Protectors are emanations of the Buddha whose role it is to protect the teachings and those who practise them and to support practitioners in attaining spiritual realisation. These practices are performed every day by a group of specially trained practitioners in a dedicated shrine room. Suggested offering €50.
For the swift accomplishment of activities (Zabtik Drolchok)
Requests for this practice are read out for two weeks during our daily practice of Zabtik Drolchok, the Profound Essence of Tara. This is a popular practice of Green Tara and is considered to be especially beneficial for the accomplishment of one’s projects and activities.Suggested offering €20.
To remove obstacles to a long life (Chime Pakme Nyingtik)
Requests for this practice are read out for two weeks during our daily practice of Chime Pakme Nyingtik (Heart Essence of the Sublime Lady of Immortality). This is a long-life practice of White Tara. Many masters have been able to remove obstacles to their long life and enhance their accomplishments through this sadhana. Suggested offering €20.
For prayers and Ceremonies in the East
The Prayer Request team facilitates in requesting divinations on what practices would be appropriate and favourable for you to sponsor in monasteries in the East. For these particular practices, before you make a donation, please contact email@example.com. Depending on the outcome of the divination, you can sponsor prayers and practices that will be carried out by the monastic community at Nubri Gompa in Nepal.
Freeing Lives (Tsetar)
In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the practice of freeing animals otherwise destined for slaughter, is considered to be a particularly powerful way to accumulate merit and extend one’s lifespan.
Help to Build a Monastery for Kyabje Soktse Rinpoche
Help Kyabje Soktse Rinpoche building a monastery for his nuns in Tashi Choling (Sikkim), a nunnery that he founded in the eighties, near the staggering lake of Chechu Palri (Wish-fulfilling lake).
The Manjushri Educational Project
Around Khenpchen Namdrol Rinpoche’s monastery in Nepal, there are many destitute families who have no means of improving their life circumstances. The Manjushri Educational Project is now sponsoring the tuition for 60 children from class 1 to 8 in one of the best schools in Parphing, Nepal.
Rigpa Scholarship Fund – unrestricted
The Rigpa Scholarship Funds most urgent priority is to secure the future of Sogyal Rinpoche's work by ensuring that more students are thoroughly trained and accomplished in the study and practice of the Dharma. Rigpa students who aim to become translators, instructors, scholars, but also Dharma practitioners and spiritual care specialists, who wish to deepen and broaden their understanding of the path, have the opportunity to engage in long periods of Dharma study.
An Education in Rigpa Shedra East
Rigpa students who aim to become translators and scholars, but also Dharma practitioners who wish to deepen and broaden their understanding of the path, have the opportunity to engage in long periods of Dharma study. Rigpa Shedra East offers a comprehensive Dharma education for those aspiring to contribute to the transmission of the authentic Dharma to the West.
Rigpé Yeshé is Rigpa’s programme for children and parents. Different programmes are offered to meet the needs of a wide variety of children, from those who are discovering meditation for the first time through to those who have grown up in a Buddhist family and who are ready to deepen their study and practice. It is a huge and exciting task to invite lamas to teach the children, recording and editing these teachings, and then present the edits within a curriculum especially designed to inspire and nourish. We are very grateful for your support.
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