Strengthening the Tibetan Culture of Dzachuka, Kham, East Tibet
The Kilung Foundation brings humanitarian aid to Dzachuka in east Tibet while answering the call for Buddhist teachings in the West. The vision of Kilung Jigme Rinpoche has been to help rebuild and strengthen Kilung community through locally initiated projects, with the original focus of rebuilding Kilung Monastery.
Revitalization of both secular and sacred aspects of life has been a guiding principle because in Tibet the vitality of each supports the flourishing of the other.
Education is a primary focus of the work of the Kilung Foundation. The Kilung Children’s School and the Kilung Shedra are essential to providing Tibetan education to the community and to furthering Tibetan Buddhist higher education. Ongoing benefactors and sponsors are needed for these essential institutions of learning that currently have thirty children and thirty monks enrolled.
As a way to preserve the fabric of the nomad culture, the Kilung Foundation is helping to launch the Dzachuka Nomad Yogurt Project. Eleven nomadic families have joined together to create a collective with a herd of 50 yaks, milking and making yogurt daily. A crowdfunding campaign is raising funds for expanded refrigeration and production capacity, storage containers, marketing, bookkeeping and salaries for this successful start-up.
Kilung Monastery monks offer prayers and pujas for various kinds of life needs: prayers for healing, for obstacles, and Tibetan practices for the dead. These practices are done daily at the monastery for local community, with increasing numbers of requests internationally.
From around the world, anyone can request that the life of an animal be saved through Kilung Monastery’s efforts. Yaks, sheep, or goats are purchased from slaughter, or less dramatically, through an arrangement with a family who promises not to kill the animal for life.
Dzachuka is renowned for many enlightened Buddhist masters over the last thousand years, and religious activity continues to be practiced as a central part of life. The Tibetan form of Buddhism, as vast as the Tibetan sky, has been sustained by this indigenous culture through these centuries. It’s a richly symbiotic relationship that has, in turn, nourished the people, the animals, and the land of Dzachuka.
The Kilung Foundation accomplishes compassionate and practical actions that benefit the land, animals, and people of Dzachuka and their spiritual and cultural traditions.