Community Aid Projects
Dzogchen Monastery not only focuses on spiritual care for the community but works to provide educational and health care facilities, as well as financial aid, to a large number of impoverished people. All of Dzogchen’s community aid projects are undertaken by the Kalsang Foundation, a Tibetan charitable organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life of the Tibetan people. Kyabje Pema Kalsang Rinpoche established the foundation in the 1980s and continues to direct its activities. The foundation’s numerous projects are managed and overseen by Mura Rinpoche personally.
Dzogchen's Medical Facilities
Up until very recently only basic medical facilities were available in Dzogchen village. Any one of the 10,000 people in the Dzogchen region suffering from something more serious than a cough or flu was forced to travel over 150km in order to consult a doctor. The situation has improved since 2005 when Vice Director of Shira Sing Buddhist University Gorgar Rinpoche, following the instructions of Kyabje Rinpoche, established a hospital in the village which provides essential medical treatment.
Dzogchen Monastery School and Orphanage
Prior to 2001, children could only receive very basic education in the village. In that year Dzogchen Monastery, with the efforts of Dokden Rinpoche, built a school for village children within the monastery grounds. The school gives classes on all the main subjects including Tibetan, Chinese and Maths. An orphanage in Dzogchen village has also been built by Ranyak Patrul Rinpoche under the instruction of Kyabje Rinpoche, which provides a home, food and schooling to over forty orphaned children.
Support for the Impoverished
Many Tibetans continue to suffer from poverty. A large percentage of the local population survives on a very simple diet and in poor living conditions. Dzogchen Monastery endeavours to help a large number of these needy people, and whenever possible money and second hand clothes are given out to the poor people in the village. In addition to this, a small monthly allowance is provided to a widespread community of monks and nuns throughout Tibet, as well as to all those studying in Shira Sing Buddhist University.
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