The monastic tradition is incredibly important for the survival of the Buddha Dharma. For millenia, men and women have become monks and nuns, renouncing material belongings, taking vows of ethical and compassionate conduct, and dedicating their life to the service of sentient beings. This tradition has existed not only in Buddhism, but also in Christianity and other world religions.
Since the Buddha’s time, support for monasteries has come largely from the lay population. Traditionally, donations have come from royalty, wealthy patrons and local villagers who benefitted from the presence of the monasteries in their area. The great Tibetan yogi Milarepa said, “Both the one who is practicing and one who is supporting the practitioner have the aspiration to attain enlightenment together. Without one, there cannot be the other,” due to interdependence.
As we are now a global community, monasteries and nunneries are able to receive donations from people all over the world. This gives us an unpredented opportunity to be of service.
In 2011, Korseong Monastery and Nunnery came under the stewardship of the Venerable Chhoje Rinpoche. Located in Darjeeling India, it is home to both monks and nuns who practice the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. With a long and colorful history, the location is considered to be a sacred spot that magnetizes both lay practitioners and robed sangha. Most of the people who utilize the main shrine room for devotional prayers/meditation are villagers of Nepalese descent. As is the case with most Tibetan monasteries in India and throughout the world, they rely on support from the lay Buddhist community to continue their activities.
Rinpoche has stated, “All of these monks and nuns are future dharma holders who will contribute significantly to world peace and the benefit of all beings.”
How You Can Help
Sponsoring a monk or nun represents a wonderful opportunity to develop the practice of generosity and to develop bodhicitta. Donations are needed to support the monks’ and nuns’ basic life needs.
Just $35 US dollars a month covers the support of one individual for his or her food, clothing, toiletries and other miscellaneous expenses!
Please scroll through the photos below and select a monk or nun to sponsor. Then fill out the donation form and specify in the “Comments” box which monk or nun you will be supporting on a monthly basis. On behalf of the practitioners at the Korseong Monastery & Nunnery, we thank you whole-heartedly in advance.