Classroom for monks in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh.
Maitrī is one of the four virtues of Buddhism, that one must practice in order to dissolve any sense of a separate self, as a means of connecting to the divine within. Collectively known as Brahmaviharas or ‘the immeasurables’.
The term maitrī can be translated from Sanskrit as "loving-kindness," "benevolence," or "friendliness."
Loving-kindness is a fundamental aspect of both Buddhist and yoga philosophy, highlighted by their teachings of non-violence (ahimsa) towards all beings, including oneself. Early references to maitrī can be found in ancient Vedic texts such as the Upanishads, as well as in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras which is synonymous with metta.
With Maitrī Pathshala, we plan to empower the monks of Spiti with tools of language, maths, sports and arts as part of self development and tools of confidence. Apart from the Volunteers as our educators, we would also need books, supplies, upgrading existing infrastructure like play area, basic computer skills as part of our plans for monks of Spiti.
Our key focus for this fundraiser is to create a space of self development and empowerement for the monks.
- Empowering them with books on diverse subject matter and tools of language via books, games and interactive toys.
- Outdoor space as means of collective social and personality development.
As mentioned, we will be using the funds to get books, supplies, creating a play area within the hostel space and teach basic skills of computers for the monks.
Here is a breakup of what the funds will be used for:
Playground and fencing – INR 175,000
Bags for kids – INR 6,000
Cycles – INR 72,000
Winterwear for kids – INR 45,000
Footwear for winter – INR 27,000
Towels – INR 3,000
Hot water flask – INR 15,000
Moisturizer cream – INR 3,000
Dry fruits for nutrition pack – INR 40,500
Yoga Mat – INR 15,000
Logistics and Procurement support – INR 60,000
Textbooks and library supplies – INR 25,000
Camera and Internet dongle – INR 9,000
For more details on the Intiative - Maitrī Pathshala