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 restoring the 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. Read about the progress of our projects on our news feed here.
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. In April, 2016, a fire swept through the Kilung Shedra destroying it entirely.
A new shedra now needs to be constructed, an enormous undertaking. The students are still receiving their education in temporary facilities. Funds are urgently needed so that rebuilding can begin in the spring of 2017.
As part of the rebuilding efforts, a new well has been installed, and running water is available to the community for the first time. A consortium of solar energy and tech companies collaborated to install solar panels to power the pump and also keep the pipes heated in the freezing winter temperatures.
As a way to preserve the fabric of the nomad culture, the Kilung Foundation helped launch the Dzachuka Nomad Yogurt Project. Eleven nomadic families joined together to create a collective with a herd of 50 yaks, milking and making yogurt daily. This project has been so successful it was awarded a major government grant to expand the yak herd, as well as refrigeration and production capacity, storage containers and marketing.
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.