Sponsor a Monk at the Main School

A Word About Sponsoring Monks' Education

Again, I'd like to remind you that the monks' education path is a little bumpier than the lay kids'. Rinpoche asked that this be made clear to anyone wanting to sponsor a monastic. Another point: when a monk leaves school and goes into the monastery, he still needs sponsorship. The monastery handles sponsorship differently than the schools do: all the money goes into a general fund so that all the monks benefit...they are fed, housed, clothed and cared for equally.

Sponsor a Monk's Education...Help to Create Benefit for Many Beings

Chophel Sherpa M532   Boy   12 years
 Nyima Dhondup M508   Boy   17 years

Chophel Sangmo is from Solu Khumbu, in the Everest region. He became a monk when he was 8 years old, and joined SMD this last April (2014).

He says, “I’m happy at SMD. My teacher is great. I want to learn and play with everyone!”

Nyima Dhondup became a monk when he was 7, the only one among 5 children to get the chance. His life changed completely when he came into Thrangu Rinpoche’s monastery - at home, it had been a miserable existence. Nyima says he feels very happy to have become a monk in Thrangu Monastery where he got chance to learn about the Buddha’s teachings and other many things that he had never learned before. It was Nyima’s own wish to become a monk and to serve Rinpoche when he grows up. His main purpose in becoming a monk is to accomplish Rinpoche’s aims and to help other beings by teaching what he himself learns. 

Nyima says he feels confident because, with help, he’s managed to reach Class 10. “The opportunity to study in such a great school is very rare & we all must consider ourselves fortunate to be studying here. And we must do our best to preserve our culture, language and Buddhadharma … famous all over the world. If we don’t, we will lose our own identity."

By the time these young monks are in their teens, they are beginning to think about the Dharma, their individual responsibility and how to benefit beings. With a Western education, they understand the 21st century. At the same time, they are well versed in the Buddha's teachings. They have the potential to help beings in so many ways.

These Monks at SMD Need Sponsors





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