Most of our monks in Tsangpa Khangtsen come from southwestern Tibet and from the Himalayan regions of Ladakh, Nepal, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. Around 90 percent of these come from very humble backgrounds with their families unable to support them in their scholastic pursuits. They depend entirely upon the charity of benefactors to continue their study and practice of the Buddha Dharma.
The Sera Mey Tsangpa Khangtsen consists of around 170 monks of all ages and ensuring proper access to health-care for all is one of our long-term goals. Health care is not provided by the government and difficult to get access to in small towns. Although we have free access to basic health care through the Sera Mey Dispensary, emergency medical care involving surgeries, hospitalization, and medication is extremely expensive for our monks. Therefore, we established an emergency medical fund in 2008 to ease the burden of emergency health care costs on individual monks.
Currently, we have 10 regular benefactors who contribute USD 120.00 per annum towards the fund. In total, we have access to around INR 100,000.00 in the emergency medical fund every year. In our experience, this amount is sufficient to meet only about the third of the entire emergency medical needs of our monks.
With this in mind, we hope to increase our annual Emergency Medical Funds to INR 300,000.00 (USD 5,000) in order to decrease the financial burden on our monks in case of medical emergencies.
We urge you to contribute towards this fund.
In the monastic education system, there is no tuition fee. We give education free of charge. However, every monk has to acquire their textbooks by themselves. To meet these necessities, our house is planning to build a library for our monks, where they could issue the books as per their need. Moreover, one more important issue in front of us is the educati0n of our monks in modern subjects and languages. For that, our house wishes to start new classes where our monks could study in modern subjects like science, computer and languages such as English. In order to meet these needs, we are planning to build some classrooms and language laboratory. For that, we have to raise funds for building and salary for the teachers. The main objective of this is to produce a multi-faced personality some one who could serve not only in the monastic atmosphere, but also to serve the common people out there with the teaching of the Buddha.
Donations to the General Fund are used to support the general upkeep and maintenance of our dorms, assembly hall, and utilities such as drinking water and electricity. You can donate as much as you wish. The merit will be dedicated for your long and successful life. We will send you an acknowledgment letter via email or post.