March 31st, 2020: COVID-19 updates. We are pleased to say that all our staff are safe and well and our management and liaison staff are all working successfully from home. Although our camera crews are not able to work during the lockdown period, they continue to be paid their usual salaries during this period. (Donations to help Gompa during this difficult time would be sincerely appreciated – please see the Donate to Gompa page for details.) Special COVID-19 pujas and rituals: Many of the partner monasteries and nunneries in India and Nepal are now performing daily pujas and rituals especially dedicated to subduing, protecting from, and alleviating the sufferings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Gompa member-supporters can register for these events (as these are announced here on the Gompa site and on the Gompa Facebook page) and can send offerings, together with dedications, at any time up until the closing date listed for each event. Offerings to Sangha and Monthly Pujas: Gompa member-supporters can continue to send offerings (together with dedications) to the partner monasteries and nunneries, at any time or on special puja days, using the Offerings to Sangha free donation transfer service. Prayers and Puja requests: Prayers and Pujas can still be requested. (Note however that Sakya Centre, Sakya Nunnery and Dirru Samdup Dechen Chokhorling monastery have suspended the performance of prayers and pujas until after the India lockdown ends). All prayers and pujas at the other monasteries and nunneries are being performed strictly in accordance with the social distancing regulations and safety precautions as set down by government and the health ministry, so the number of monks or nuns performing prayers and pujas will be reduced accordingly. Media options: While the lockdown is in place in India and Nepal, our camera crews won't be able to provide photos or webcasts of requested pujas. These media options will be available as soon as the lockdown ends. Upcoming Webcasts of Courses and Teachings: Webcasts by senior lamas are scheduled for April, or as soon as the lockdown ends; these webcasts will be announced shortly. We are also discussing with senior lamas at all the partner monasteries and nunneries regarding possible webcasts of courses and teachings which could be given in the spring or summer, without a public audience present and while the lamas are unable to travel abroad. Extended Access to Past Webcasts of Courses and Teachings: We are happy to extend the viewing period for recent webcasts during this time; please let us know if there are particular recent webcasts that you would like us to make available or extend. We are also very pleased to say that we are working on building access to Gompa’s extensive library of past webcasts (2015 to present), which we are aiming to make available to all Gompa member-supporters in the summer of this year.
March 18th, 2020: Update on the White Tara Long Life Puja and Mandala Offering for H.H. the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche. We regret to inform you that due to the COVID-19 pandemic and following the direction of the regional government to avoid large public gatherings, the upcoming White Tara Long Life Puja and Mandala Offering for H.H. the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche scheduled for March 25th, 2020 at Dirru Samdup Dechen Chokhorling has been cancelled. We sincerely regret the disappointment that this will cause. As informed by the monastery, a short Long Life Puja offering was performed for H.H. the 42nd Sakya Trizin, Ratna Vajra Rinpoche on March 17th, 2020 at the monastery.
January 31st, 2020: Update on the teachings by H.E. Kyabje Nubpa Rinpoche at Kagyu College. Rinpoche’s teaching on ‘The Essence of the Mahayana Teachings’ concluded on January 28th. From January 29th to 31st, Rinpoche gave the transmission and meditation instructions on the Five-fold Profound Path of Mahamudra. Translation is available in English. Schedule note: January 31st is the last day of the teaching; there is no teaching or webcast on February 1st.
January 2020: An invitation to Tibetan Centres worldwide. We are pleased to announce that Gompa is opening its much praised webcast platform to teaching centres and cultural organisations worldwide. The Gompa webcast platform has been specifically designed as an appropriate environment for the webcasting of teachings and related dharma events by senior lamas and teachers. There are no fees to teaching centres and cultural organisations for webcasting on Gompa; and all those viewing webcasts on Gompa have the option to make voluntary donations to the host teaching centre or cultural organisation. For details of the simple procedure and significant benefits of webcasting on the Gompa platform, please select here.
July 2019: Six new partners join Gompa. We are pleased to announce the launch of the Prayers and Pujas booking service, in addition to the Offerings to Sangha services, from Gyudmed Monastery in Hunsur and from the Ladakh Nuns Association in Leh. And we are pleased to announce the launch of the Offerings to Sangha services from Phyang Tashi Chozong (with the Prayers and Pujas booking service to launch soon). We are also pleased to announce the launch of the Offerings to Sangha services from Jampa Choling Nunnery in Kinnaur, Yangchen Choling Nunnery in Spiti, and Sanghamitra Institute and Nunnery in Bodhgaya.
An extensive range of Prayers and Pujas can be sponsored at forty-five partner monasteries and nunneries in India and Nepal. Gompa member-supporters can also send offerings, together with personal wishes and dedications, to any of the fifty-five partner monasteries and nunneries, using the free donation transfer service, at any time, or on auspicious days each month when special pujas, including Tara pujas, Medicine Buddha pujas and Protector pujas, are performed.
May 2019: We are delighted to announce that Gompa – Tibetan Monastery Services has already raised over USD $150,000 in sponsorships and donations for the partner monasteries and nunneries in India and Nepal. A primary aim of Gompa is to help support the monasteries and nunneries, together with social welfare projects in the local communities which they serve. We send our huge appreciation to everyone who has made this possible.
April 2019: New social welfare projects. We are pleased to announce the medical Clinic project at Gaden Shartse is accepting donations. Also accepting donations are two projects at Drepung Gomang: a Choera construction project; and a project to commission and install Holy Idols and Statues for Debate Hall Altar. Gompa member-supporters can make donations and dedications for these projects, or for general support at any of the partner monasteries and nunneries, by using the 'Offerings to Sangha' service. Offering donations can be made by credit or debit card, and there are no transfer fees. To view these social welfare projects, select 'Offerings to Sangha' on the homepage and then, following the on-screen links, select the partner monastery (either Gaden Shartse or Drepung Gomang) and then the option 'Make a donation for a social welfare project'.
January 2019: We are pleased to announce the launch of the Prayers and Pujas booking service, in addition to the Offerings to Sangha services, from Rigon Thupten Mindrolling in Odisha, Tserkarmo in Ladakh, Khamgar Druk Dharmakara College at Tashi Jong, Pangan Gonpa Samten Choekhorling in Manali, Shurishing Yungdrung Kundrakling in Sikkim, Gosok Phuntsok Choeling in Kathmandu, and Jamyang Choling Nunnery and Institute in Dharamsala.
December 2018: Give the gift of Gompa member-supporter benefits to family and friends by selecting the link Gift a Gompa membership.
June 2018: We are pleased to announce the launch of online services (including puja bookings and webcasts) from Rigon Tashi Choeling at Pharping.
December 2017: We are pleased to announce the launch of online services (including puja bookings and webcasts) from Tharlam Monastery in Kathmandu. We are also pleased to announce the launch of prayers and pujas booking services from Dirru Samdup Dechen Chokhorling in Bir and Redna Menling Nunnery in Dolanji, and the launch of webcasting services from Sakya College in Dehradun.
October 2017: We are pleased to announce the launch of webcasting services from Pullahari Monastery in Kathmandu.
July 2017: We are pleased to announce the launch of webcasting services from the Geluk International Foundation in Mundgod, South India.
May 2017: We are pleased to announce the launch of online services (including puja bookings and webcasts) from the following partner monasteries in the Kathmandu valley: Drikung Kagyu Rinchen Ling, International Buddhist Academy, Jonang Monastery, Sakya Tharig, Samtenling, Sangye Choeling, Shelkar Monastery and Woechen Thukje Choeling.
March 2017: We are pleased to announce the launch of online services (including puja bookings and webcasts) from Tsoknyi Gechak Ling Nunnery, Thrangu Tara Abbey Nunnery and Thrangu Tashi Choling monastery in Kathmandu. We are also pleased to announce the launch of prayers and pujas booking services from Thrangu Tashi Yangtse monastery at Namo Buddha.
February 2017: We are pleased to announce the launch of online services (including puja bookings and webcasts) from Triten Norbutse monastery in Kathmandu.