The Mainpat Tibetan Refugee Camp was established in 1962 by the Government of India in order to rehabilitate more than a thousand Tibetan refugees who fled from Tibet during the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959.
All the necessary arrangements such as temporary huts and ration supplies could not be made prior to the arrival of the settlers who faced a lot of initial hardships.
Lama Tulku Tsori Rinpoche has begun the construction of a large project which includes a Monastery, an orphanage, a school, a university and a hospital.
Mainpat was nothing more than a jungle where only a few local Indians dared to live. It was a beautiful landscape in a very isolated place.
Giving small gifts is acceptable and greatly appreciated. The monks enjoy toys, books, clothing, shoes, school material, blankets, and personal items.
However, expensive gifts like DVD players, computers, play stations, expensive clothing, large amounts of money (over $100), complex electronic devices, cellular phones, etc. are not good gifts and should not be sent to the monastery. Any gift that might distract them from their studies and duties and monastic vows are inappropriate. Please be mindful of this as you prepare to send a gift. You may send small amounts of spending money, but it is best not to make it a habit as the monastery takes care of all their personal needs.
Your support of a monk is like dropping a stone in calm water. The ripple effect is exponential. Through your generosity a monk is able to enter and stay in the monastery. When you support a monk you not only create good karma for yourself but you now have support from a monk and a direct link with the community and the monastery. Think about it this way, you will have a part of you in the monastery.
Importance of Monastic Life
The support of the Monastery and the monks shows several positive and auspicious signs.
1. Support the work of the monks to live a life dedicated to Dharma, to serve other beings, and to achieve accomplishment on the spiritual path.
2. Support monastic traditions and way of life, including the monks’ act of giving up all material possessions and taking chastity vows; these vows are acts of courage, discipline and compassion that humble and inspire us to dedicate as much of our lives to the support, practice, and advancement of the Dharma as possible.
3. Support the preservation and advancement of the history and traditions of the ancient practices and rituals.
4. Understand how supporting the monks, supports the unfoldment, development and improvement of our own practice.
Preservation of Tibetan Culture
Monks are of vital importance to the progress of Buddhism. The monks are the major source and labor behind the preservation of the Tibetan Language, culture, dance rituals, prayers and practices, written language (Sanskrit), and holy traditions and transmissions brought from India by the enlightened teacher Padmasambhava.