Supporting Education of Tibetans

In addition to its work to support individual monasteries, the Jindhag foundation is also committed to providing support for the education of Tibetans living in exile in India.

The Jindhag foundation has an ongoing relationship with Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala, India. The Jindhag Foundation has provided funds for everything from furniture and computers to fresh fruits and vegetables for the Institute and associated College for Higher Tibetan Studies.

About the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics & The College for Higher Tibetan Studies

The Institute of Buddhist Dialectics was founded in the year 1973 with the primary aim of preserving and promoting Tibetan Buddhist tradition and literature. It also aims to:

  • Produce graduates who would become sincere mediators devoting their life to the practice of Buddhism in solitude.
  • Produce well qualified teachers in Tibetan Buddhism, language and literature and also produce qualified writers, poets, and translators of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and religion into other languages.

Various courses, which confer diplomas and degrees, run from one month to seven years. You can find out more about the Institute and the College at ibdindia.org.

Special Meals Project

In 2008, the Jindhag foundation began donating money specifically for the purchase of nutritious fresh produce for the monks at IBD. Food prices in India have recently risen dramatically as inflation in India has gone up from 4.5 to 7.42%. The donation from the Jindhag foundation is providing for the monks to have healthy fruits and vegetables that IBD would not otherwise be able to afford.

Furniture for the College for Higher Tibetan Studies

In 2007, the Jindhag foundation provided funding for buying furniture for classrooms and seminar halls. The College for Higher Tibetan Studies is not only a place of education for its students, but is also a venue for many important workshops and seminars. While the college has several areas used for this purpose, they had no proper furniture due to lack of funds.

The Computer Project

In order to promote increased computer literacy as well as to provide Tibetan students access to the vast amounts of knowledge available on the Internet, The Jindhag Foundation donated computers to the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in 2007. These computers are used by both faculty and students at the associated College for Higher Tibetan Studies.

Passang Tsering, Secretary at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies, reported back to the Jindhag Foundation in September 2007:

The College family whole heartedly thank Ira, Sylvia and their foundation for the contribution of five computers to the college. It is needless to say that computer education in today's world has become an important part of our life and a computer illiterate person in any community is looked at as incapable and under-qualified.

The College has total of 270 students enrolled in different study programs in Tibetan language, literature, poetry, history, Buddhism and training in teacher education and public service. We highly value your contribution and the machines are used to benefit the students in maximum capacity.

One system is installed in the lecturers' room for preparation of lessons and teaching aids by teachers. It is also connected to the Internet and our teachers browse different websites to garner more up to date information for the students. Most importantly we can even view websites from Tibet.

The other three systems are installed for the students in the computer class. They were quick to start browsing the Internet as well as to learn to design using programs like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, etc.