What are our purposes?

We want to improve the lives of the Tibetan orphans and the very poor children as well as the unfortunate elders in this rural region of Eastern Tibet around Baiyu/Garzi, at the northwest of Sichuan. We want to provide education opportunities for the children and at the same time provide shelters to them and the elderly. We strongly believe education enables the children to flourish to their full potential.

What roles does the elderly play?

We believe the emotional support from parental figures is very important for a healthy mental development of the orphans. The elderly become the grandparents as well as mentors to the orphans. The children in turn will help to take care of the elders and be part of a social family.

How was it started?

The school project idea was originated from our spiritual advisor, Sonam L. Sherpa Rinpoche. Rinpoche was born in Tibet. He was recognized as the incarnation of Ahzom Losel Rinpoche by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, H.H Jamga Rinpoche and His Holiness Dordrubchan Rinpoche. Sonam Rinpoche also bestowed the title of Khenpo (equivalent to PhD in Buddhism philosophy) has been actively giving dharma teachings in Asia and last year started teaching in USA.

Due to the nomadic lifestyle of these rural Tibetan people, there is little or no support for orphans let alone getting education. The local community has strong interest in supporting the project and has donated a piece of land to the school. The school aims to provide basic education for the children to learn to read and write Tibetan and Chinese languages, and basic math.

What made Vajrayana Dharma Foundation special and standout from other organizations?

Our mission is to help the unfortunate children and elders of the rural areas of Baiyu/Garzi region. In addition, to the West, we invite our spiritual advisor to visit the USA each year. During his visit, Sonam Rinpoche, a native monk born in Tibet, gives blessings, empowerment, public teachings and dharma teachings. Through these teachings, we strive to improve the quality of our lives, to cultivate compassion, inner peace and happiness. You are welcome to join us during these teachings. You do not have to be a Buddhist; anyone is welcome.

Programs Services:

July 2010 $5500 were sent as the balance for the completion of the girl school and dormitories contruction.
July 2010 $1100 were sent to buy shoes, sock, blankets, sleeping pads as well as clothings for 15 girls.
February 2010 $5500 were sent as downpayment for a 4-room girl school and dormitories contruction.
November 2009 $3368 were sent to buy 1 set of shoes and 2 sets of sock for each child and 5 months of dried food.
June 2009 $1200 were sent to buy 70 sets of chuba (native winter robe) for the children. These chuba is sewn by the local villagers.
January 2009 All monies collected during the blanket drive were sent to Sonam Rinpoche so that he can provide 70 sets of blankets and beddings to the school children.
December 2008 $1200 were sent to buy food for the school. The food items bought is listed here

Please check back often as we will update the progress and photos as we received them.

School Project Completed

Milestone achieved:

March 2009 school assembly
Winter 2008 New life began for all 63 orphans and needy children. The picture above shown the children were walking in a line entering the classroom in the morning under teachers watchful eyes. Photos taken in March 2009. More details see our newsletters at the "Press" section.
Fall 2008 Started to enroll orphans and very poor children from local area. The total number of children enrolled in November was 63, the children are from age 6 to 17 years old. There are 2 volunteer full time teachers/care takers in the school who have started to teach Tibetan languages. This is the first formal education for all of these students.
2008 July school
2008 July school 2
Summer 2008 Phase 1 school construction completed. 12 student quarters, 2 teacher rooms and 1 big classroom. The building is very basic with no running water, electrical nor bathroom facility.
Spring 2008 The site is located on a gentle mountain slope. There are no trees at this elevation and making site clearing so much easier. The construction has started in May 2008. Mud foundation work done. Mud is commonly used for foundation and walls because trees are only growing in certain parts of Tibet due to the high elevation.
Winter 2008 Wood arrived on site. Wood will be used widely for window, floor and furnishing.
Summer 2006 School site identified. Land donated from local village and this showed strong support from local community.

Please check back often as we will update the progress and photos as we received them.

Fact Sheet

Mission: To provide a home and education opportunity for Tibetan unfortunate children and seniors in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, China.

Location: Baiyu, located in the Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a remote village approximately 18 hours drive from Chengdu, China. The site is 12,000 to 13,000 ft above sea level.

Future project: Phase 2 of project includes a kitchen, a library, 2 recreation rooms, 3 more teacher rooms, more children bedrooms, offices and bathroom facilities.

Map of project site