Strengthening the Tibetan Culture of Dzachuka, Kham, East Tibet
The Kilung Foundation
brings humanitarian aid to Dzachuka in east Tibet while answering the call for Buddhist teachings in the West. The vision of Kilung Jigme Rinpoche has been to help rebuild and strengthen Kilung community through locally initiated projects, with the original focus of rebuilding Kilung Monastery. Revitalization of both secular and sacred aspects of life has been a guiding principle because in Tibet the vitality of each supports the flourishing of the other. With Kilung Rinpoche at its head, the Foundation has been in the unique position of ensuring that its projects are truly initiated by local people. Rinpoche works with tribal leaders and local officials to identify, prioritize, develop, and manage the projects.
The Kilung Foundation was established in 1998 as a non-profit in Washington State. As a 501c3 organization, all donations are tax-deductible.
In 2003 Pema Kilaya Rangjung Ngotsar Choling was founded as part of the Foundation’s mission of bringing Buddhism to the West.