Generally there has been little or no support of Buddhist monastics in the West. Support of the Buddhist monastic Sangha by the lay community has been a cornerstone of Buddhist communities throughout history. There is no country where Buddhism has established itself stably without the monastic community, and support of monastics was always considered to be the responsibility of the lay community and a way to accrue great merit. In the West there is no precedence for this and thus most western monastics have a hard time keeping their vows and dedicating themselves full time to practice for the benefit of all beings. They have ended up enduring hardships like sleeping in tents all winter in below zero temperatures or not having enough food or medical treatment.
Tara Mandala would like to create systematic support for this important part of our Sangha, to relieve their hardships and support them in full time practice. As a former western monastic who eventually disrobed, Lama Tsultrim understands these difficulties. Tara Mandala will offer support in the form of grants to monastics who are engaged in pursuing the Nyingma and Machig Labdrön lineages. This fund will support monastics with their monthly recurring costs of living and other one-time purchases required for living with either one time or recurring gifts. No part of your donation will be taken to support Tara Mandala’s administrative costs.
If you would like to offer your support in the form of a recurring donation, it would lessen the stress on western monastics who often have to figure out how to live month by month.
This is a monthly renewing membership. Please choose your monthly donation amount from $10 to $200.
You will also receive access to a downloadable letter acknowledging your initial gift and will receive a tax letter each January with your total donations for the year. In addition you will receive updates from the monastic you are supporting.
NOTE: To pay an annual amount at the $20 level, choose ANNUAL $240 and select the 12-months option for billing.
If you are donating to a specific person, please put their name in the Notes Box.