Australian donations to the projects listed below can be made via bank transfer or the “Pay Anyone” option of your Australian online banking to:
Account name: Gebchak Rigpa Harsey
Account number: 147996805
Please be sure to email email@example.com with your name, amount and the purpose of your donation. Thank you.
“The nuns need improved conditions, particularly more food, so that they can remain in practice and in retreat year after year, day after day, dedicating their lives solely to accomplishing the Dharma. This is my hope…How wonderful if it is possible, as it will allow this Dharma practice to continue.”
— Tamke Wangmo, senior Gebchak nun
Gebchak Nuns – Food & Sustenance
The estimated cost of a nun’s food & sustenance for one year at Gebchak Gonpa is $500 AUD – yet any amount is gratefully accepted towards the community’s needs and will be shared equally among the nuns. This covers their food, healthcare, renovations and sanitation at Gebchak and its branch retreat centre, Dongtsang Ritro, near town.
Cultural and Spiritual Activities
Gebchak Rigpa Har-Sey’s purpose is to preserve Tibet’s experiential Buddhist culture, inspired by the contemplative tradition of Gebchak Nunnery. In Australia this takes the form of annual meditation retreats and monthly practice days, guided by teachers of the Gebchak tradition. In Nangchen this takes the form of cultural exchanges, where we receive meditation teachings and practice at Dongtsang Ritro and Gebchak Nunnery.
Yushu children – Higher Education
This fund provides scholarships for 21 older children were orphaned by the devastating 2010 Yushu earthquake. Many of these children now live in school hostels and return ‘home’ to Yushu on weekends and holidays to stay under the care of a loving Tibetan couple, Awang and Choden.
It is our mission to see these children through their higher education, all the while nurturing them in their home Tibetan culture.
Scholarship per year: AUD $1300
Please visit the main Gebchak Gonpa website for more information.
By making a donation of $250 AUD, you will be included in the nuns’ annual eighteen drubchens – extensive group sādhanā ceremonies. Drubchens encapsulate the practice tradition of Gebchak. Each entails at least seven full days of ritual, meditation and recitation, all blending with yogic and creative elements to create a heightened, charged environment in which the presence of the sādhanā’s main buddhas (yidam) is experienced.
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