Monthly Archives: June 2015

Celebrate Jetsunma’s Birthday!

Dear Friends,

It’s Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo’s birthday on June 30. So…let’s celebrate! What better gift than to support Jetsunma’s Dharma activity by making a donation to the Endowment Fund for Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery.

Photo courtesy of Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery. Photographer: Olivier Adam

In Jetsunma’s Words

"The Dongyu Gatsal Ling Nunnery has been founded on the generosity of so many people around the world who care about the welfare and education of Himalayan nuns. Now a hundred young nuns are working hard at their Dharma studies and practice. We are hopeful that in the future some of these women will help to spread the Dharma throughout their Himalayan regions and beyond.

We have also four nuns in long-term retreat who are training to become our first togdenma or yoginis (they have currently completed six years). So, at present the DGL Nunnery is running smoothly and harmoniously full of happy and industrious nuns.

However we must also look to the future of this Nunnery and consider its financial stability for the years to come. Traditionally monasteries were supported through land and villages dedicated to that monastic settlement. Nunneries usually did not own much land and the nuns mainly relied on the offerings of their individual families. In exile that system has now been supplanted by the reliance on donations coming from kind sponsors in many countries around the world who value the wholehearted dedication of these monastics to the spiritual life.

In view of this, we have established an Endowment Fund with the hope that sufficient capital can be raised to help maintain a sound financial basis and a regular source of income for the DGL Nunnery into the future. This fund is managed in New York by a small team of dedicated financiers who invest our modest capital assets both ethically and judiciously. The future financial stability of DGL Nunnery depends on this Endowment Fund and for this reason we seek the contributions of our friends and supporters throughout the world to help us achieve this worthy goal.”

–Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, June 2015

A Note from the DGL Endowment Advisers

We invite you to join us in celebrating Jetsunma by supporting her wish to ensure this rare community of nuns will be self-sustaining and their education and well-being will continue well into the future.

Please contact us to explore how you can be part of this extraordinary blessing and achievement through planned giving and other expressions of generosity.

With love and gratitude,

Linda Nockler and Evan Zazula
DGL Endowment Fund Advisers

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Click here to make a donation to the Endowment Fund, any amount is greatly appreciated.

For the benefit of all beings.

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An auspicious time to connect with Gebchak Gonpa

Dear Friends,

Now is the highly auspicious period of Saga Dawa. This particular time in the Tibetan calendar commemorates three significant events that forever changed our world: the birth of Buddha Shakyamuni; his awakening to complete enlightenment; and his final teaching of impermanence – his parinirvana. This is an ideal time to intensify all virtuous deeds.

The nuns of Gebchak Gonpa are focused on doing just that, holding you, their donors, and all sentient beings close in prayer. We invite you to tap into this vibrant positive energy in this auspicious time of Saga Dawa by contributing any amount towards the Gebchak nuns’ food or temple expenses. There are two major areas of support for Gebchak Gonpa – the nuns’ food and healthcare fund, and the Gebchak temple. Through your connection with the nuns in supporting their practice, you also join in this vast merit.

Gebchak nuns load a truck full of provisions estimated to cost over USD$3,000.

Food & Health Care Fund – Sponsor the Nuns
The nuns supplement their food supplies with grain and vegetables from nunnery fields and greenhouses during the short summer season, but these cannot adequately feed all 350 nuns. Amidst a swiftly modernizing economy in the region, the nuns must travel to the nearest township for food supplies, loading up a truck full of provisions necessary for their health. An estimated cost per nun for food and healthcare is $250 a year. However, any amount is gratefully accepted towards the community’s needs and will be shared equally among the nuns.

Gebchak nuns with vegetable greens harvested from one of their greenhouses

Gebchak Temple

The second major area of support is Gebchak’s main temple. Since demolition of the old temple in 2011, a new temple has been constructed with an extremely strong foundation and structure that can withstand future tremors in an earthquake-prone region.The temple is where the nuns spend two-thirds of the year in group practice and prayer ceremonies, dedicated to all living beings throughout the world. It is also the hub of spiritual life and support for the surrounding nomad community. Currently, there is a huge shortfall in funding for the temple statues that include Guru Rinpoche, Yeshe Tsogyal, and Mandarava. We welcome any amount you can offer towards the sacred statues that support their meditative environment.

A statue to the right waits to be moved into the temple.

Donate to Gebchak Gonpa
Supporting the Gebchak nuns’ lifelong commitment to meditation retreat in Tibet is a powerful and meaningful way to connect with the heartbeat of Dharma practice.

Donate now by inputing your contribution for the following funds:

Sponsor the Nuns (for food and healthcare provisions)
Temple Fund (for statues and other temple amenities)
General Fund (for donations to be used wherever needed)
Yushu Earthquake Orphan Fund (read more)

In this auspicious time of Saga Dawa, contributing any amount towards the Gebchak nuns’ food or temple statues connects you with the nuns in a vast interdependence of prayer and spiritual awakening.

Blessings and gratitude,

Caterina, Chrysanne and Arya

Directors, Dongyu Gatsal Ling Initiatives, Inc.

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