In 1988 Kyabje Khensur Kangurwa Lobsang Thubten Rinpoche, who is the founder of Tibetan Buddhist Institute, founded the Tibetan Sponsorship Scheme. It was established to help support monks at Sera Jey Monastic University, which was originally one of the three Great Monastic Universities in Tibet, and reestablished in India in the early 1970’s. The scheme also supported the monks’ relatives, some of who were Nuns at Jungchub Choeling Nunnery, some 200 kilometers from Sera and lay Tibetans who lived in camps near Sera. It is much the same today, however it includes Nuns at Nyagye and Hadu Nunneries in Tibet and students at Gyalten Charity School in Tibet. From its humble beginnings, the scheme has grown, floundering somewhat but surviving the global financial crisis, to where it is today,
Summary of the Scheme:
- Sponsorship is Aus$10.00 a month.
- The recipient receives the entire $10.00.
- Nothing is kept back for any expenses.
- Volunteers administer the scheme.
- Receipts are issued yearly for all payments.
- Recipients sign for their contribution, the sheets then sent back to Administration in Adelaide, Australia, where the running of the scheme is based.
- Sponsors and recipients can correspond.
- There are 625 Monks, Nuns and Lay Tibetans awaiting sponsorship, and 1060 sponsored.
- There are 554 sponsors currently on the scheme.
The scheme has sponsors from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Indonesia, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, Sweden, Kuala Lumpur and USA.
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