Shangpa Rinpoche needs your support to continue caring for the Sangha in his Monasteries and Nunnery who wish to study and practice. Your financial support helps to provide a complete Dharma education and all expenses for their shelter, clothing, food and medical care.

The Need for Funding

For the past years, Ven Shangpa Rinpoche has been supporting and taking care of more than 140 monks and nuns who are staying and practising in Jangchub Choeling Monastery, Tharpa Choeling Nunnery as well as the Karma Ngedon Palbar Ling Retreat Centre in Nepal. Many sponsors and benefactors from all over the world have contributed greatly to realizing Ven Shangpa Rinpoche's vision of providing the Sangha members under his care with opportunities to practice the Noble Path with minimal distractions and worries.

Due to the increasing number of monks and nuns, there are many deserving Sangha members who need our support. As the financial burden of looking after such a large community of Sangha is considerable, we are appealing to your generosity and compassion in contributing to this worthy cause - making it possible for the Sangha to live in a safe, nourishing and nurturing environment to study the scriptures, and practice the Buddha-dharma according to the Karma Kagyud Tradition.

From Buddha's time till now, the Sangha are completely dependent on lay practitioners to provide for their basic requisites, kindly allowing us opportunities to practice the paramita of generosity. How thoughtful and wise is the Buddha who saw this as yet another avenue for us to accumulate merits.

It is said that : *The merit from supporting one who walks the Noble path is great especially one who renounces the world on the spiritual path, enabling them to devote their time fully to the practice and study of the Dharma, and ensuring that the precious teaching of the Buddha will be preserved, ultimately bringing great benefits to all sentient beings!*

Jangchub Choeling Monastery

Jangchub Choeling Monastery

Jangchub Choeling Monastery is a Kagyu Monastery located in Pokhara, Nepal. Currently, there are about 100 monks staying at this Monastery under the care of Ven. Shangpa Rinpoche. All the monks and lamas here lead a monastic life and they have to undergo years of formal training and study in the Dharma.

To ensure that the monks from Jangchub Choeling Monastery receive proper education and training in Buddhist philosophy, languages, rituals and practices, Shangpa Rinpoche established the Vikrama Shila Buddhist Institute within the Monastery compound. All the monks from the Jangchub Choeling Monastery are currently receiving their education from there. With the increasing number of students and the need to modernize education materials and methods of teaching, increase in the finances is inevitable.

Tharpa Choeling Nunnery

Tharpa Choeling Monastery

The Tharpa Choeling Nunnery is located in Muthinath, a small town in the District of Mustang within the Himalayan Mountains, 3802 m above sea level on a site occupied by the ruins of the former nunnery built by the 1st Shangpa Rinpoche.

Currently, there are about 40 nuns (Tibetan: Ani) staying at this nunnery. Despite the hard living conditions, the nuns maintain a simple and disciplined life.

In order to provide these nuns with opportunities for education, Shangpa Rinpoche initiated the construction of a school which was completed in 2005. Qualified teachers are hired to teach the nuns philosophy and other basic educational subjects.

As the nunnery is located in a rural area away from the city, living and accommodation expenses have to be provided for the teachers. These, together with a teaching allowance commensurate with the teacher's qualifications, will require a substantial amount.

A Group of Nunns at Tharpa Choeling

Karma Ngedon Palbar Ling Retreat Centre

Located at Sarangkot, Pokhara, Karma Ngedon Palbar Ling Retreat Centre is a Kagyu retreat centre established by Ven Shangpa Rinpoche for monks to do their traditional retreat so as to preserve and propagate the unbroken lineage of Mahamudra practice in modern times.

The retreat centre was inaugurated by Ven Shangpa Rinpoche and Ven Sherab Gyalsten Rinpoche, the retreat master on 21 May 2008. This was followed by a ceremony on 26 May 2008 whereby the 1st batch of 16 monks entered into their retreat.

Each retreat lasts a minimum of 3 years and 3 months and 3 days, in seclusion. The retreat covers the entire cycle of teachings, from the preliminary practices (Ngondro), through creation and completion meditations (Kyerim and Dzogrim), the Six Yoga's of Naropa and culminating in Mahamudra practices. The retreat master, Venerable Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche personally oversees the retreat and provides individual guidance for each student.

Ways that you can Help

Sponsoring a Monk on 3 years Retreat

Retreatants usually require financial sponsorship to cover the costs of food, electricity, gas, practice necessities such as tsog offering and offering to visiting high lamas who provide them instructions. Most monks who wish to join the retreat have limited, if any, financial support from their own families.

It is said that: "Supporting a person in retreat is considered as meritorious as if you yourself are doing the retreat." Sponsoring a retreat lama is a meaningful way to practice generosity. It would help the retreatants to concentrate on their retreats without having to worry over financial supports. This ultimately benefits the Sangha at large and ensures that the glorious and pure teachings of the Buddha and the unbroken lineage will continue to flourish in this degenerate time. Through it may all sentient beings be liberated.

If you cannot go into retreat yourself, why not consider helping by: Donating any amount towards supporting all the retreatants Sponsoring the expenses of a particular monk in retreat for the period of 1 year or throughout the 3 years**

**The Sangha will include special prayers to Tara and Amitayus dedicated for the sponsor¿s good health, longevity and well being.

Sponsoring the Living Cost of a Monk/Nun

For about US$1 a day, you will be able to take care of the basic needs (food and personal expenses) of a monk or nun, thus enabling them to fully concentrate on their studies and practice. You will be informed of whom you are supporting and should you wish to correspond with them, it can be arranged. The Sangha will include special prayers to Tara and Amitayus dedicated for your good health, longevity and well being.

Partial sponsorship

If full sponsorship is not within your budget, you can contribute any amount, and we will match this with contributions from others until the full amount is reached.

Sangha Edu-Share Sponsorship

The main purpose of the fund is to support the education of the monks and nuns and to invite a greater number of qualified teachers in future to benefit others on the path. The money will help to cover the cost of the teachers' allowance, the cost of the teaching materials, stationery and other related items.

Sangha Health Care Sponsorship

This helps to provide for medical & dental consultations and necessary medication for the Sangha.

Special Day Sangha Meals Sponsorship

To provide for the meals at the Monastery on chosen dates, like your birthdays, anniversaries, auspicious day of the year. Your sponsorship will cover the full cost of 3 meals at the Monastery. Dedication prayers will be made by the monks to the sponsors.

To request a puja, please contact us at Please give at least 7 days notice in advance.

Puja & Meal Sponsorship

The monks from Jangchub Choeling Monastery will be able to perform special puja upon your request for specific purpose such as prayer for good health, clearing of obstacles, prayers in dedication to a departed family members or friends; or dedication towards specific wishes.

The type of puja will depends on the specific needs requested. The donation will provide for the 3 meals of the Sangha and all the related expenses for the full day Puja.

To request a puja, please contact us at Please give at least 7 days notice in advance.

How to Sponsor

Any donations, small or large, will be gratefully received and rejoiced in!

To Sponsor a Monk or Nun, or to contribute to any of the funds, please click on the button below to make a secure donation using your credit card:

The secure donation takes place through Paypal, though you don't need to set up a Paypal account in order to make a payment.

Should you be interested in finding out more about the Monastery and Nunnery, you can visit Rinpoche’s website at Shangpa Rinpoche Online

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An Invitation to Sponsor a Lama / Ani

Invitation to Sponsor a Lama / Ani