December 12, 2009
The monks at Tashi Lhunpo in exile are, literally, breaking new ground for the monastery assembly hall/temple construction that The Panchen Lama – Tashi Lhunpo Project is supporting with your help. Thank you!
Progress: Khen Rinpoche Geshe Kachen Lobzang Tsetean has appointed a special committee from the monastery to oversee the construction and manage the related funds. He is now at the monastery and we are waiting to hear when to transfer $100,000. of contributions towards the first phase. The committee in India needs about $690,000. total for this phase. We have another $100,000. to contribute later – when we hope the exchange rate will be better; His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, has contributed the equivalent of about $108,000.; a group in England is said to have raised about $150,000., and new support groups are being set up in Switzerland and France also. Tibet Fund has already transferred about $90,000. – much of which came from donations made in our TLPL Project name when we did not have an IRS approved non-profit. So, all in all that’s $558,000., with about $140,000. still needed for the first phase.
By March we should be able to send you a first-hand report on the temple construction. A small group of us will meet in Bylakuppe on February 10 for Tibetan New Year and can report back afterwards. (We’ll probably go again in 2011, so let me know if you might be interested in joining for the unique experience at Tashi Lhunpo in exile.)
More News: There will be some Long-life Prayers at Dharamsala on Dec 30, 2009, for His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama and on the occasion of His Holiness, the 10th Panchen Lama’s passing 20 years ago. Again, a small group of us will be there. When we met with the Dalai Lama this spring, he was very appreciative of all the support we have gathered together, and encouraged us to try to do even more.
For the spring when Khen Rinpoche Tsetan joins us again, we’ll need all the help we can get for fund-raising. If you have ideas for or could sponsor an event then, please do let us know. You can help us honor the missing Panchen Lama’s 21st birthday, April 25th, with even more progress towards his monastery in exile.
Thank you! If you are in a position to make an end-of-year gift towards the goal needed for the first phase of assembly hall/temple construction, it would be greatly appreciated, I know. If you like, we will send you a blessing string from Tashi Lhunpo Monastery as a special and auspicious thank you. You may also wish to consider giving a gift during the holidays in the name of a friend or relative – and they will receive a blessing string and announcement as well. Please let us know if you might like to do this.
For now, please accept the deep and heartfelt thanks of Khen Rinpoche, all the monks at Tashi Lhunpo and the Board of the Panchen Lama – Tashi Lhunpo Project for your contributions.
President and Executive Director
The Panchen Lama –Tashi Lhunpo Project, Inc.