Why Sponsor a Gyuto Monk?
BRIEF HISTORY OF GYUTO MONASTERY
Gyuto Tantric University is one of the most famous monasteries in Tibet. The main disciple of Lama Tsongkhapa, Jetsun Kunga Dhondup, founded the Gyuto monastery in 1474 in Eastern Tibet. Later based in the capital city, Lhasa, it became an unparalleled place for studying Buddhist philosophy, Tantric meditation, and ritual arts. Since that time, Gyuto monks have practiced major Tantric texts such as the Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara, and Yamantaka Tantras and have passed these lineages on to subsequent generations without any disruption.
Prior to the Chinese communist invasion of Tibet, there were 900 monks at the Gyuto Monastery in Lhasa. With the Chinese invasion of Lhasa in 1959, Gyuto was systematically destroyed and many monks were either imprisoned or killed. Only 60 monks were able to follow His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to safety and exile in India. Despite many difficulties in the new settlements, they have managed to reestablish their monastery and now have over 500 monks in residence.
WHY THE MONKS NEED SPONSORS.
Since escaping into northern India, the surviving Gyuto monks have gone about reestablishing their University and initiating a new generation of monks into the sacred Tantric teaching. Thankfully the monks are supported by the Indian Government and the local society in their new home. However, the day-to-day needs of such a community places an immense financial drain on the extremely limited resources of the Monastery.
Your donation will not only help keep Gyuto monks alive, it will help keep their ancient practices alive as well. Your donation is very important and it will make a real difference in their lives.
HOW CAN I HELP?
You can sponsor a monk!
Your donation will provide for the most urgent needs of a monk; from food, shelter, medicine, and education. The Gyuto Monks Sponsorship Program is entirely voluntary. Payments can be made at intervals of three, six, or twelve months. As soon as we receive your donation, we will send a receipt with our appreciation.
Upon joining the Gyuto Monk Sponsorship Program, you will be given a photograph of the monk you are supporting and information about his studies.
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