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International Sangha Day

IMI International Sangha Day is annually celebrated on the Buddha Day Celebrating the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma.

From the early days of the FPMT, monks and nuns have served tirelessly to help bring the benefit of the Buddha’s teachings to the far corners of this planet. Today, the FPMT International Mahayana Institute (IMI) community has over 300 monks and nuns who continue to serve throughout the FPMT in many capacities. The Sangha, by taking vows of renunciation, living in morality and having the space to focus on the Dharma, are an integral part of maintaining the existence of the Buddha’s teachings.

Supporting our Sangha

We are so fortunate to have four resident Sangha members currently offering service at DCI in the roles of Resident Teacher, meditation leader, attendant and spiritual program coordinator. Our resident Sangha rely on the support of our DCI community for food, shelter and other basic living expenses.

If you would like to help support our resident Sangha and create powerful merit by making a one-off or ongoing offering towards Sangha food or living expenses please contact the office.

There are three methods for making donations.

  1. cash (in person) or cheque (in person or by post) made payable to “Dorje Chang Institute”
  2. online banking
  3. online with a credit card via secure paypal

Click here for our bank details. If you make a one-off or ongoing support donation, please email us with the date, amount and any dedications you have. It is also possible to make a one-off or ongoing support secure online donation with a credit card using paypal (please note that paypal take a small percentage of each transaction). If you donate via paypal please select “DCI Sangha Support Fund.” You do not need a paypal account to make the donation.

Also if you would like to contribute to this year’s annual donation to the International Mahayana Institute (IMI), the international community of FPMT monks and nuns, please contact the office or use one of the above methods.

Imagine if you offered the equivalent of the cost of a cup of coffee each week to supporting the basic needs of the Sangha. This would be something you could rejoice in everyday (a lot longer than the enjoyment of a cup of coffee would last).

Heartfelt Thanks from Rinpoche

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank very much all the Sangha who for so many years, not only living in, guarding, your vows, but able to benefit others – doing retreat continuously for many years or doing social service, doing hard work at the center, doing service to sentient beings and teachings of the Buddha, which is service to our guru, His Holiness Dalai Lama.”

“FPMT is extremely fortunate, unbelievably fortunate that we have many qualified teachers, resident teachers who…are not only scholars but are living in practice – that is an extremely important moral for us. So therefore the organization is very fortunate, extremely fortunate.”

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