As many of you know, Lama Gonpo Tsering, a very great and dear man, died on February 27. During this time of grieving—felt by his family, the community in Dzachuka, and our extended friends around the world—we have been considering how to honor him and keep his memory and inspiration alive for generations to come.
Nearing the end of his life, while in a hospital in China, Gonpo asked to be brought back to his home in Dzachuka. He instructed his family to give up the increasingly elusive mission to obtain a liver transplant, telling them that the money would be much better spent to help complete the monastic college building back at Kilung Valley so that children and monks could be educated.
In keeping with Gonpo’s end-of-life wish, we are opening the way for donations to be directed to a very special section of that building—a community center—now dedicated to, and named in honor of Gonpo.
This center, on the first floor of the building, will house a classroom for girls, a community hall, and meeting room. It also includes a medical clinic, where there will be local access for public health education, immunization, and check-ups.
Here there will be screenings for the Hydatid disease, and immunizations for Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis. These diseases took Gonpo’s life, and are all too common in Dzachuka. Kilung Rinpoche writes, “It was so painful to see Gonpo and many people suffering and dying from these diseases that are preventable. We really don’t want to see it happening again and again.”
Lama Gonpo lived his life in service to others, and establishing a community center will continue his life’s work. In keeping with Gonpo’s end-of-life wish, and in his memory, we are dedicating this essential new community center to Gonpo.
Will you help us keep his memory alive? The cost of the Community Center is $86,027. Generous donors have offered to match up to $40,000 so we are almost halfway to our goal. This is a huge benefit to beings to accomplish in Gonpos’s name. Please join us in fulfilling Gonpo’s last wish to be of benefit to his community.
Thank you for your generous donations thus far… please also share this with your family and friends to help us make this happen! Every little bit helps towards making this a reality.
Our goal is to raise the matching funds by April 17th,
the 49th day after his death.
Gonpo Tsering Community Center
Total needed to raise: $86,027 USD
|Clinic||473 sq ft||$12,676|
|Reception/Meeting||263 sq ft||$7,048|
|Girl’s classroom||685 sq ft||$18,358|
|Community Hall||1550 sq ft||$41,540|
|Restroom||239 sq ft||$6,405|