The Mardo Tashi Choling Sponsorship Program
for Children, Monks, and Retreatants
What is Sponsorship?
The merits of your gift go a long way. Sponsoring a child, monk or retreatant for just $1 a day is a wonderful way to help change the life of that person in need and bring hope to his or her future. All the children at Mardi Tashi Choling are supported financially by Khentrul Rinpoche, through general donations and through pujas (ceremonies). Currently, all the monks and retreatants at Mardi Tashi Choling have managed to subsist through Khentrul Rinpoche’s personal financial support, through pujas (ceremonies performed whereby people make offerings of food and clothes), various levels of support from their families when possible, and occasional begging for alms. We would like to make a stable living situation for them through individual sponsorship so that they can continue to live in the monastery and spend their lives in the monastery practicing dharma. We now have the opportunity to sponsor children, monks and retreatants. Being a sponsor also gives you an opportunity to build an interdependent link with Katog monastery and Khentrul Rinpoche. Besides the immediate needs of food, clothes and lodging, your sponsorship will provide a child, monk or retreatant with basic educational tools, skills and values that they will carry with them throughout their lifetime.
How Does Shared Sponsorship Work?
You can choose which program you want your gift to support: children, monks or retreatants. When you make a donation, your contributions are pooled with that of other sponsors within the same sponsorship program. This method ensures that everyone will benefit equally. Be assured that your sponsorship will provide someone in need with nutritious food, lodging, warm clothes, education and health care – all within the context of their own cultural and social setting. So, even though you are donating a specific dollar amount to sponsor one person for a year, think of sponsorship in the broader terms of a “shared” sponsorship with all the other sponsors and that, together, you are sponsoring all the children at the school, and all the monks and retreatants at the monastery. The merits of your sponsorship will have lasting effects well beyond what any of us can possibly imagine and will ripple out into the community and the world. Through your pure motivation and kindness all beings will benefit.
How Do I Sign Up?
Your commitment of $365 (or $31 a month) sponsors a child, monk or retreatant for one full year. You can sign up as a sponsor today either online by credit card or by check. When your gift is received you will be sent an acknowledgement from Katog Choling confirming your participation in the sponsorship program.
An Opportunity for Generosity
The sponsorship program is a wonderful way to cultivate the practice of generosity. Through your kindness and financial support, the children of Katog Mardo Tashi Choling School, and the monks and retreatants at the monastery in Tibet are provided with food, shelter, and educational opportunities that, for many, would be inaccessible or difficult for them to obtain otherwise.