Dzongtsa Monastery

Founded about 700 years ago, Dzongtsa is a small monastery belonging to the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. It was completely destroyed during the Cultural Revolution, but…

… after 80 years, when the political situation improved, the monastery was partially rebuilt. Religious activities restarted in this solitary valley, which is inhabited only by nomadic people.

In 1997, ASIA’s President visited this monastery and asked ASIA’s members to help him rebuild the college. Thanks to the support of the Dutch Embassy in Beijing and the International Dzogchen Community, reconstruction works eventually began in 2000.

The new college included a two-storey temple (to be used as a classroom), a library and several teachers’ rooms. 30 rooms for 60 enrolled students were also created, and furniture and books provided. Finally the college was re-established.

In 2006, the long-distance sponsorship programme started, with the aim of giving to young monks and students at Dzongtsa College the opportunity to dedicate themselves to their studies, while having all their primary needs covered. 30 monks were helped from 2006 to 2008, when political instability following the Lhasa revolt forced all activities to be suspended.

In 2014, we decided to restart all activities by signing an agreement with a local carpenter, who finished several rooms and their furniture, along with the second floor of the temple. In this way, we could re-start long-distance sponsorship.
Nowadays 26 monks have been waiting to be sponsored, and therefore need our and your help.

Choose long-distance sponsorship! Support a Tibetan monk and help prevent Tibetan culture to disappear for good.

This project is based on individual support: the supporter distance sponsors a child or a monk, with whom he/she can create a real and personal relationship through correspondence and travel to the place where the child or monk lives.

We have been present here since 2000.

  • We have rebuilt the temple and the colleges
  • We have built a library with 200 new books, and provided the furniture for the study rooms
  • We provide every monk with food, heating, ritual objects and school materials

Now we need your contribution, too. Help us preserve the Tibetan culture!

Together, we must continue providing:

  • Food
  • Heating
  • Ritual objects
  • Holy books

Monks at Dzongtsa monastery need our help now.

Until 1958, the monastery hosted more than 100 monks, and consisted of the main temple, a college of traditional studies and a college of religious activities. During the Cultural Revolution, the monastery, the colleges and the temples were completely destroyed.

In 2000, Dzongtsa monastery returned to life thanks to ASIA. However, monks living there still need our support. Without long-distance sponsorship there might be no future for them.

In the Tibetan society monasteries are religious, but also educational and cultural centres.

Along with religious teachings, traditional culture is also taught in colleges. This includes 5 main sciences and 5 secondary sciences. Among the courses that monks usually take, one finds Logics, Grammar, Rhetoric, Tibetan Language, Astronomy and Astrology, Sanskrit, Medicine and Poetry.

In order to preserve this precious knowledge, it is essential that these places keep existing, and be perfectly functioning. In this way, they offer to young monks the opportunity to study in proper conditions, and be supervised by the few holders of the Tibetan traditional culture and ancient spiritual teachings who are still alive.

It only takes 80 cents a day, if you think about it… It is less than the cost of a cup of coffee.

Sponsor a monk
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