Tsum Valley Rachen Nunnery Service Project

An Opportunity to Cultivate our Buddhist Practice through Generosity

"This project is a tremendous opportunity to cultivate our Buddhist practice through generosity and accumulating merit on behalf of the 100+ sangha member community in Tsum Valley" – Geshe Tenzin Zopa

About the Tsum Valley Rachen Nunnery Service Project

We are grateful to our spiritual advisor, Geshe Tenzin Zopa, whose early life began in the sacred Tsum Valley. According to Geshe-la, this project is a tremendous opportunity to cultivate our Buddhist practice through generosity and accumulating merit on behalf of the 100+ sangha member community in Tsum Valley.  Whoever gets involved, and engages willingly, will generate happiness for themself and countless others. This approach results in a pure dharma practice, so every effort is not wasted towards our contemplative study of the lam rim and meditation practice.

 

 

The Tsum Valley Rachen Nunnery Service Project is a voluntary initiative led by students of the Contemplative Studies Program. Our pledge is to raise $17,000 USD in support of the planting and irrigation system to establish a 500-tree apple orchard at the Rachen Nunnery along with needed infrastructure improvements to address accessibility for the elderly nuns at Rachen Nunnery and elderly monks at the Mu Monastery. Our group supports the preservation of Tibetan culture through the spirit of how we contribute to this project.

Service Project Initiatives:
1) Orchard of 500 Apple Trees

500 young apple tree saplings will be planted by residents of the sangha at Rachen Nunnery in service to the sangha and local ecosystem. Saplings will be native to the region with proven hardiness and market quality. 

Funds Requested: $5,000.00
Funds Needed: December 2021
Project Commences: October 2022. Site preparation, installation of irrigation lines.
Purchase apple tree saplings: January 2022 

Target Planting Date: January 2023
First Harvest: 2028

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Service Project Initiatives:
2) Water Storage Tank and Irrigation

New Water Tank will be built to increase water storage capacity for daily water consumption at the nunnery during off-season periods, especially during winter months, plus support for a new drip irrigation system to service and sustain the apple orchard.
 

Funds requested: $7,000.00
Funds needed: 
January 2022
Project Commences: January 2022
Target completion date: October 2022

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Service Project Initiatives:
3) Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms  

Two wheelchair-accessible washrooms will be built (at Rachen Nunnery and at Mu Monastery) providing increased accessibility and privacy.
Funds Requested: $5,000.00
Funds Needed: 
December 2021
Project Commences: January  2022
Target Completion DateOctober 2022

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Benefits of an Apple Orchard  

  • Provide a Source of Nutrition: Apples, often scarce or unavailable, will provide a supply of essential vitamins and minerals to sangha members.
  • EcoSystem Benefits: Efforts taken on by the nunnery in service to the valley’s stark ecosystem recognizes the importance of global reforestation and conservation efforts due to climate change, an initiative supported by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
  • Market Opportunities and Future Source of Income: As the trees mature and the harvest  increases, apples may be sold in a local market or in Kathmandu, providing the nunnery with a source of income previously unattainable.
  • Beautification: The orchard will beautify the nunnery grounds and provide a welcoming study retreat for many sangha members and visitors for years to come as access to the valley increases.
  • Local Management:The nunnery’s management team, with project expertise by the Nunnery Manager, will oversee the project. Resident nuns will maintain the orchard.
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Help Us Raise $17,000 in Support of the Tsum Valley Rachen Nunnery

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FOUNDATION BENEFACTOR
Your $1000 donation lays the groundwork to realize the vision of the orchard at Rachen Nunnery

Gift $1000
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FOUNDATION BENEFACTOR
Your $500 donation lays the groundwork to realize the vision of the orchard at Rachen Nunnery

Gift $500
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SANGHA DONOR 
Your $100 donation helps fund the three service initiatives to benefit the 100+ sangha community members

Gift $100
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SANGHA DONOR 
Your $100 gift over 10 months funds service initiatives to benefit the 100+ sangha community.

Gift $10/month
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SEED PATRON
Your $50 donation
goes toward the purchase and planting of 500 native apple tree saplings 

Gift $50
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CUSTOM GIFT
Want to customize your gift? We are happy to work with you to customize a gift or a recurring donation.

Contact Us

$9,475.00 raised

Our Goal: $17,000

Manifest the Vision of a 500-Tree Apple Orchard at Tsum Valley Rachen Nunnery

 

December 15: Benefit Dinner/NYC
Tsum Valley Rachen Nunnery

An Evening of Sound Therapy | Healing Energy | Guided Visualization
Co-Hosts: George Lewis and Manjit Devgun with Dr. Miles Neale and Dr. Kanchan Koya
Donation: $100. (limited seating)

Please join us for a special gathering with Manjit Devgun and George Lewis, followed by an Indian meal, “made with love” by Drs. Miles Neale and Kanchan Koya. A huge wave of gratitude to all, especially to our venue host, George Lewis.

PURCHASE TICKETS HERE: SINGLE (1) + FRIEND (2)

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Save the Date: January 9th
Coming Home: A Virtual Journey
for Inner Healing

A CSP Online Event to Benefit: Tsum Valley Rachen Nunnery
Sunday, January 9: Noon to 1:30PM EST (GM-5)

An Evening of Guided Meditation | Breathwork | Sound Therapy | Restorative Yoga |
With CSP Practioners: Manjit Devgun, Phil Jacobs and Sabina Ehrlich
Donation: $50.00


LINK TO PURCHASE TICKETS AVAILABLE SOON

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More Ways to Give through the Service Project Marketplace

Generate happiness and practice generosity by making personal offerings of Goods + Events + Services in our Service Project Marketplace. 
Become a community service builder and help grow the list of items available to the community. Examples include: professional services or consulting, (i.e., nutrition, yoga class, astrology reading, design, etc.), hand-crafted wares, bulk items, event tickets or personal fundraising. 

The [Rachen Nunnery] Service Project Marketplace will open soon!
Come to our Courtyard Open House on November 17, 7PM

Questions? Email us
: [email protected] 

 "Whoever gets involved, and engages willingly, will generate happiness for themself and countless others. This approach results in a pure dharma practice, so every effort is not wasted towards our contemplative study of the Lam Rim and meditation practice." – Geshe Tenzin Zopa

A Pilgrimage to the Source of Awakening in Nepal and India

Visit Rachen Nunnery with
Dr. Miles Neale &
Geshe Tenzin Zopa

October 15 - 30, 2022

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Follow Rachen Nunnery Service Project Updates

Read the Blog: "Lam Rim on the Road," by Erica Saccente 
InstagramMiles Neale with Erica Saccente
Email us: [email protected]