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Help fund a monastery library
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Raised
Rs.24,449
of Rs.30,000
9 supporters
  • AT

    Created by

    Ayushi Tandon
  • TM

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Tushita Monastery

    from Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Not all those who wander are lost at Tushita.
I began my 21st year in a Tibetan monastery on a quiet mountain surrounded by fog, in an area I’m convinced magical creatures are hiding in plain sight. Who knew that a decision taken on a whim, after a particularly challenging semester at uni, would lead me to one of the greatest adventures of my life (mostly spiritually). The days I spent there were what dreams are made of. It was an incredible insight into how alive and intimate one can be with oneself and nature.

I spent two weeks on a silence fast, most of the time spent meditating to the rythmic sound of the monsoon rains or reading in the Library with views opening to beautiful expansive valleys except for an hour a day spent on discussions/debates about the teachings which ranged from purpose, compassion and kindness, suffering to DMT, time travel, NLP and panpsychism.

It was a combination of introspective solitude & a warm, embracing community. The catalyst energy of Venerable Dolma, who is also a psychologist among other things, destroyed the illusory structures and foundations of my world, and challenged me to own my inner energy. At a time like this with our moral foundations shaking, buddhist teachings are source of grounding like no other.

The centre is mostly run by volunteers and they depend on the donations received for their daily guided meditations, to fund the upkeep. Moreover, they have wish lists with products they require for their upkeep as well as a Library Wish List, the same library where volunteers like me have spent several mornings in, consuming wisdom dating back 100s of years.

Having purchased 3/38 books left on wishlist, I require your help in getting the rest to them by next week, hence a fundraiser! Tibetian Monastries have been centres of knowledge and a sanctity for young people on the same quest for self discovery. On average, one book costs about Rs3,000/£30/$40. Of course there is no minimum donation and any amount would count!

Moreover, for my beautiful set of friends like family who I’m grateful for every day. This year, as much as I welcome plants/seed money/books (some amazing gifts I received last year), I am not accepting any this year including flowers/balloons/cakes. To get to the point, there are people who need your help more than I do, so let your compassion flow outwards.

However, I do understand that these are tough times where cash is a bit iffy, so no pressure if you’d rather keep the money for yourself or donate to a cause more to your liking.

If we could sacrifice one sushi night in/a few frappacinos/ another pair of sweatpants for a book which will empower hundreds of souls (if not thousands) that are gonna set foot at this monastery in Dharamsala, we would’ve stepped on our own path to alchemy.

If you’d like to visit the monastery , enrol in any of their free online courses, or have look at their wish lists, you can find more information here: http://tushita.info/ 

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