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The Jindhag Foundation is a charitable organization founded to support and preserve the cultural diversity of traditional and indigenous peoples around the world that are being threatened with extinction and assimilation into modernity. The word Jindhag comes from the Tibetan word for “sponsors” and is associated with the notion of giving support.
A monk from the Drepung Losling Monastery pours sand to create a Sand Mandala at Seret & Sons Gallery.A monk from the Drepung Losling Monastery pours sand to create a Sand Mandala at Seret & Sons Gallery.
A Tibetan Monk practices playing the horn.A Tibetan Monk practices playing the horn.
Monks Chanting in full regalia in front of Potala backdrop, Taos NM.Monks Chanting in full regalia in front of Potala backdrop, Taos NM.
The monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery posing with Kieran Seret

The Jindhag Tradition in Tibetan Culture

Prior to the Chinese invasion of 1959, Tibet had a long-established system of balance between its temporal and spiritual affairs. Among the little-known traditions that played a major role in maintaining this balance were the Jindhags – well-endowed families who provided financial support to monasteries. In turn, the monasteries regarded the Jindhags with special prominence and provided them spiritual support for their material endeavors and well-being – a symbiotic relationship that benefited all.

The Jindhag Foundation aims to revive this ancient tradition in the modern world. The foundation’s primary focus is matching “Jindhags” with some of the most threatened smaller monasteries and nunneries to enable them to fulfill their mission of preserving religious diversity for the next generation. We have been providing ongoing support to multiple monasteries for basic needs—food, water, shelter, basic first aid—since the foundation started.

We support monks from the Gongkar Choede Monastery, the Kham Kathok Monastery as well as the Drepung Loseling Monastery on their yearly tour across the United States. The foundation is also involved in supporting the education of young and aspiring monks at the Institute for Buddhist Dialectics in India.

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The Jindhag Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and does not have any paid employees or administrative overhead. All resources, supplies, aid and donations are given directly to the causes we support.

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The Jindhag Foundation is a charitable organization founded to support and preserve the cultural diversity of traditional and indigenous peoples around the world that are being threatened with extinction and assimilation into modernity. The word Jindhag comes from the Tibetan word for “sponsors” and is associated with the notion of giving support.

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The Jindhag Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. The organization is run entirely by volunteers and does not have any paid employees or administrative overhead.
All resources, supplies, aid and donations are given directly to the causes we support.