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Lama Zopa Rinpche with Adriana Ferranti and the staff of MAITRI Charitable Trust, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Adriana Ferranti and the staff of MAITRI Charitable Trust, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited MAITRI Charitable Trust, an FPMT project in Bodhgaya, India that offers a wide array of health and education programs to the very poor in the area as well as care to animals.

Children from the villages surrounding Bodhgaya lined up to greet Rinpoche upon his arrival. The children attend schools overseen by MAITRI. Rinpoche came to give a talk and advice to the children.

Children greeting Lama Zopa Rinpoche at MAITRI, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Children greeting Lama Zopa Rinpoche at MAITRI, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

During his visit, Rinpoche also thanked Adriana Ferranti, who founded and directs MAITRI, and the project’s skilled staff who do all the incredible good work helping poor, uneducated mothers and children, those with leprosy and tuberculosis, and animals as well as doing HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and providing humanitarian aid to those most in need.

Rinpoche thanking Adrian and MAITRI staff, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Rinpoche thanking Adriana and MAITRI staff, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

MAITRI began its work in 1989 helping people with leprosy and working towards its eradication. Since then, the project has expanded greatly to meet the needs of the people in the Bodhgaya-area in Bihar, one of the poorest, most depressed and most populated states in India.

At present, MAITRI has 105 stray dogs they care for, most arriving with severe injuries and sickness. The staff does their best to provide them with the medical attention they need. Usually they are able to roam the entire property of MAITRI, but on the day of Rinpoche’s visit, with so many visitors, including so many children, they were tied up.

Dogs at MAITRI, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Dogs at MAITRI, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

The project also cares for rescued goats. In addition, MAITRI has a veterinarian clinic to which local people can bring their animals.

Goats at MAITRI, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Goats at MAITRI, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s homepage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to Lama Zopa Rinpoche News.

You can learn more about MAITRI Charitable Trust online and read Mandala’s coverage of the project’s work.

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