Sunday, 19 January 2014

The Social activities



The Social activities of Geshe Gedun Tharchin



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My birth into a traditional Tibetan family influenced my path to turn to Tibetan Buddhism as a foundation in my life. Eventually my arrival to the west further influenced my life to strive to integrate into the modern world. As you mature your responsibility in the society increases. Following this principle I have been trying to support Tibetan people in India and Nepal since my arrival to Italy with the help of my Dharma friends and many others. The projects to which I have given special support are orientated to the Tibetan society in Exile.

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Tashiling Tibetan refugee settlement

        The prayer site with prayers set in stone plates and prayer flags for regular public prayer meetings in the middle of Tashiling Tibetan refugee settlement, Pokhara, Nepal. This was built in year 2000. I and my friends donated one third of the construction cost.


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Mundgod Tibetan settlement       

Mundgod Tibetan settlement is located in Karnataka State and place of two monastic Monasteries: Gaden and Drepung and nine Tibetan villages. There are several smaller monasteries in the villages, as well as of Sakya, Nyingma, Kagyu and Geluk. Mundgod Tibetan Settlement, established in 1970, has these nowadays approximately fifteen thousand inhabitants which makes it one of the major Tibetan resettlements in India.
I recommended that AREF International Onlus Rome to support Mundgod Tibetan Settlement. I myself is a founding member of AREF International Onlus. Since many years now the AREF are involved in carrying out various projects and sponsor a program in Mundgod, including Gaden Jangtse Education Project, as well as many other Tibetans areas in India.


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Gajang Gyalrong Khangtsen

Gajang Gyalrong Khangtsen is a small group of monks as one of 12 monastic communities called as Khangtsens - House Sections, within Jangtse Dratsang of Gaden Monastery, where I spent 19 years. Initially Gajang Gyalrong monks lived in resettlement camp rooms according to the circumstance of those initial resettlement scheme.  
In 1987 we laid the foundation of a new building for Gajang Gyalrong Khangtsen and two years later we built the first floor, with six rooms, a small assembly room, two toilets and a small kitchen. Gradually in year 2000 we have completed the construction of upper floors of the building according to the original plan. 
In year 2006 the compound with garden and courtyard yard for dharma debate has completed. AREF International Onlus Rome  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2952521859146&set=a.2952521819145.156546.1444389826&type=1&theater  has been supporting Gajang Gyalrong monks since many years via their sponsorship program.


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Toe Marushar Cultural Association


      Toe Marushar Cultural Association in Mundgod Tibetan settlement has got about 200 members. We supported since 2000 elderly people, children and sick persons of the group through a sponsorship program. It was run for many years by my very dear friends; Ezio and Roberta through their websites. Unfortunately Ezio’s spirit left his body some years ago. Though we had to stop the sponsorship program, it has been carried on by volunteers, but with difficulty as the work is hard. But its spirit still continues on a personal level through direct contact between westerner sponsors and Tibetans. The project also included supporting many Tibetans in Nepal and Dharamsala

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The Gateway to Abhidharma

      In year 2005 I visited Gaden Monastery in Mundgod, India. I spent three weeks there to complete editing my work, Gateway to Abhidharma, now at the Library of Gaden Jangtse Monastic University. The book has been published in year 2007 and the first copies were presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. The books have been given to scholars, Monastic Libraries and Tibetan Institutes free of charge. A brief introduction of the book is included in the following link; Chos mngon blo gsal rab gsal / Dge-ʼdun-mthar-phyin = Gateway to Abhidharma : illumination the treasure of knowledge / Gedun Tharchin. Library of Congress Control No.:2008308473, http://openlibrary.org/b/OL22553633M

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       My last visits to India / Nepal have been in periods of 2007, 
2009, 
2010, 
2012,
September 2013.

2014 Summer time

http://geduntharchin.blogspot.it/2014_10_01_archive.html


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Other activities involved

http://geduntharchin.blogspot.it/2014/05/participating-activities.html


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Dharma activities
http://geduntharchin.blogspot.it/2014/04/program.html


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To support the activities and, for organizing and coordinating Meditation classes and Dharma teachings, please contact via Email: gedun.tharchin@gmail.com