Thanks to the remaining portions of a major challenge grant from the Pema Chödrön Foundation, as well as support from many people who provided a range of small, medium and large donations, total donations received in 2015 were approximately $170,000. The major use for these funds is toward the completion of the shedra (monastic college) at Surmang Dutsi Til monastery in Tibet. Continuing support was provided in 2015 for the children’s educational program at Surmang and also at Wenchen. Modest support for living expenses was provided to the abbot of Surmang, Choseng Trungpa XII Rinpoche, and for monks on retreat at Surmang. The Children’s Education Program represented about 20% of total expenditures for 2014, support for monks represented about 5%, and support for Trungpa Rinpoche less than 5%. Less than 5% of total expenditures went to overhead expenses in North America.
2015 Year End Report