Help to support Tibetan refugees in need: Monks in the Gaden Jangtse monastery in South India

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The Gaden Jangtse monastery

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Monks of the Tsawa Khangsten

Since 2003 the Tara Foundation is looking for funds and sponsorsfor the Gaden Jangtse monastery in Mundgod in South-India. Within the big Gaden Jangtse monastery the Tara Foundation is concentrating mainly on the Tsawa Khangsten, one of the twelve monasteries inside the big monastery. The Tsawa Khangsten is the biggest and poorest Khangsten, (with 500 monks) and also the 'house' of Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen, the teacher of the Maitreya Insititute in Loenen (the Netherlands). All the work for the monastery is happening in close consultation with Geshela and the monastery.

Since 2003 The Gaden Jangste monastery is one of the three great monastic universities in the Gelukpa order. The old monastery in Tibet was destroyed and many monks were killed. A number of monks however managed to escape to India. For many years they had to live in a camp before they were give some land in soutern India at Mundgod, which was at that time no more than a jungle. With great effort, they managed to rebuild a new Gaden Jangtse monastery. At this present the monastery shelters about 2250 monks, the majority originating from Tibet. The monastery is divided into 12 houses, called ‘Khangsten’.

Hundreds of Abandoned children

Except for refugees, the growing population is caused by desperate families who abandon hundreds of children at the monastery. 
Although it is very hard to feed and shelter the poor and helpless,  the monks do not refuse any person who is in need. The monastery is now confronted with a situation in which it is very hard to provide accomodation and living expenses for these new entrants.  The help of donations and sponsoring is urgently needed to survive.

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Jampa Tsering        monnikje schrijft

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Necessary new building and an unbearable loan

Overbevolking in het Gaden Jangtse klooster
Old prayerhall

Photos of the building of the new prayerhall and rooms.

Puja in nieuwe gebedshal
Puja in the new prayerhall

New prayer hall with classrooms and rooms

A new prayer hall was needed, the population has outgrown the old prayer hall.  Many monks could no longer attend religious services because of lack of space. There were also lack of rooms for the monks.  The building is ready now and has, apart from the prayer hall, also community spaces and many rooms for all the monks. On March 8, 2013, the building with the new prayer hall has been blessed! 

There is great joy and a feeling of gratefulness with the monks regarding the new prayer hall. At the same time there is a feeling of concern, concerning the substantial mortgage to enable this project and the purchase of the statues. The mortgage weighs heavily on the Tsawa Khangsten - and thus on all the monks.
We'd like to ask your help to pay off this loan.

Waterprojects for Tsawa Khangsten

Tsawa Khangsten has had a big water shortage.
We are happy to tell you that the action for the waterpump has been succesfull!
The waterpump(costs:€ 2750,--) is installed in 2016. De monks are very happy, there is now enough water for everybody Even at the moment there was an extreme heat, in may 2016 when there was a lack of water in many places of India! We hope the health of the monks wil get better now.

Also our action for a watercleaningsytem has been successfull!
The system(costs: €3750,--) is installed in 2017! The water was seriously polluted because of pesticides that were used years before in the surrounding fields, a threat for the health. Cows died because they drunk from the water on the field. This was unacceptable for us also for the hunderds of child-monks and we are glad the project is realised.
Many thanks for all the donators!

Sponsor a monk


A very good way to help both a monk and the monastery is to sponsor a (child) monk. Sponsorships do improve living conditions, health and study of the monks.

There are two ways of sponsoring:the collective and the individual sponsoring. Most of the (child)monks of Gaden Jangtse Tsawa Khangsten are collectively sponsored, this means that the main part of the money of the sponsoring is spent for the costs of living of all the monks of the Khangsten. A small part is for the monk or is kept apart for the monk. In case of individual sponsoring the monk can keep all the money of the sponsoring. This concerns the monks who need the sponsoring for the costs of their health or study.

A sponsoring is always at least € 15,-- a month (the best is € 25,-) and always at least for a year

Photos and biographies

Gaden Jangtse Tsawa Khangsten

There are two types of sponsorship: the collective and individual sponsorship. Most (child) monks of Gaden Jangtse Tsawa Khangsten are covered by the collective sponsorship, meaning that most of the sponsorship money is used for the livelihood of all of the monks of the Khangsten. A small proportion of the money the monk may keep to himself or is reserved for him. In the individual sponsorship, the monk may keep the entire sponsorship fee to himself. These are monks who need sponsorship for their study or to improve their health.

Collective sponsorship:

Rinchen Sangey TK 235

Sangey Khando

Dawa Leki TK 238

Tenzin Samphel TK 321


Pema Tashi TK 231

Sangey Khando

Tenpa Dakpa TK 232


Ngawang Sherap TK 113


Sonam Wangdu TK 71

Individual sponsorship:

Geshe Lobsang Tentor

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Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen
Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen with little monk

Click here for a report of the life of the monks of the Gaden Jangtse monastery.

Medical support


There is an enormous overpopulation and many children and refugees are ill, very often chronical. Help from outside is urgently necessary to survive. Shortly ago being ill was a big problem. Monks even died because of a lack of medical care, and because hospitals are too far away. Because of these reasons a non-profit hospital near the monastery was built from the money of a one-time donation. The hospital is also open for the local people. The hospital is depending on donations.

Many monks suffer from chronical Hepatitis-B. About 80 monks are seriously ill. Monks die because of this desease, because they can't pay the costs the special medical examinations for Hepatitis-B and the expensive medicine. The hospital is also not able to pay the costs. The symptoms of the desease are oftenly painfull and hard to bear. There is a very big chance of dying prematurely.

To end this poignant situation the Tara Foundation raised in 2013 the Emergency Fund Hepatitis-B for Gaden Jangtse monks.

At first 12 seriously ill monks and 1 nun were individually sponsored for the treatment and the medicines. The treatment was payed by a pool of sponsors, coordinated by the medical monks of the monastery. The fund was very succesfull.

In the beginning of 2016 a big wish from us became true: the executing of the Emergency Fund Hepatitis-B for Gaden-Jangtse monks was taken over by the clinic of the monastery! At the moment 18 patients (14 monks, 1 nun and three Tibetan layman get the expensive Hepatitis-B medication and are guided with all necesarry required examinations.
The project is fully sponsored by the Tara Foundation.

We ask you for supporting us so the treatments can go on and as much as possible seriously ill people can be helped! You can already be a sponsor of the fund for at least € 5,- a month. The full sponsoring amount is between € 15 and € 25. Periodical sponsoring is important for this fund, for the continuity of the treatment.

But of course ontime donations are always welcome!

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Gaden Jangtse Library Project

Important update Gaden Jangtse Library Project

Since 2017 the Tara Foundation is intensive connected with the “Library project” of the Gaden Jangtse monastery.(klick here). The goal of the project is to preserve important Buddhistic texts and to make them open to the public (again). Some texts had to be tracked down after they were lost in Tibet during the cultural revolution. De texts were digitized, old printing errors were corrected and the form was made easier readable. After that the texts were printed in bookform and they were given for free to the monks for study and meditation. this beautiful project to keep and make available important texts is started by Geshe Sonam Gyaltsen. On the 15. of february 2017 in the Library the intensive cooperation of the Tara Foundation with Geshela and the Library started, as you can see on the photos below.


Finally, you can make a contribution to the "Library Project". The aim of this project is to retrieve texts which have been destroyed in Tibet and to maintain existing texts.
The texts are first corrected if necessary because of additions aftewards and misspellings, (this happened oftenly when they cutted the texts in old woodblocks, it was oftrenly done by not highly educated monks). Afterwards the texts are made digital and printed in a manageable size. Also important spoken lessons are digital made available for everybody. All monks will get every year a few of these newly printed importan Tibetan texts for teir study and meditation. The contributing and maintain and make available of this costly Dharma texts gives much positive energy for the donator. Donations for the Library are for this reason oftenly part of a last will testament. At this moment money is needed to make an important Tibetan Wisdomtext(Madhyamika-) made digital te maken, and afterwards make available fort everyone in bookform. (title: "Provisional Meaning and True Meaning", of Jigme Damcho Gyatso Rinpoche). Apart from this there are many old texts waiting for made digital and publishing.

Newly issued texts in bookform.

Newly issued texts in bookform.

and old text issued again just like the 2 other books.

More information about the Library project
In order to preserve the unique Tibetan-Buddhist texts the Gaden Jangtse Library was founded. The goal is to preserve existing texts from both Tibetan and Indian origin and making available again previously lost and damaged texts. All these texts will be made available for anyone who wishes to study them, in both traditional book as well as in digital form. All monks receive new books on a regular basis. Furthermore Tibetan dictionaries and grammars will be published and made available. Lastly important teachings will be recorded on MP3 and DVD and made available to the general public.

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Tara statue from the new prayer hall

To help pay for this badly needed new building Tara Foundation organized a Lama Dance Tour for the monks, in Spain e.g. in 2008.

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More information on the Lama Dance Tour in Spain
October 1 - November 7, 2008, the Tara Foundation organized the Lama Dance Tour of the monks of Gaden Jangtse Tsawa Khangsten in Spain. During their tour the nine monks held their performance Lama Dancing in many big city. Part of the performance was the so-called overtone singing and the making of six sand mandalas. There were also activities like lessons, house blessings, puja on request and activities in schools. And of course the sale of the Indian goods. Usually 6 or 7 monks were at the main activities while the others where somewhere at an exotic market to sell their goods or to make an extra sand mandala. All these efforts were made to raise as much money as possible for the building of the much-needed new prayer hall and rooms for the many newcomers in Tsawa Khangsten. Remarkable is that the monks never even wanted one day off. The result of the Tour in Spain came to the large amount of € 32,635,-! After Spain, the monks continued their activities in the Netherlands.
Photoshoot Lama Dance Tour in Spain
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