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Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the Abbot of Sera Je Monastery during His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s recent teachings in Italy.

Since 1991, the Sera Je Food Fund has offered meals to the monks studying at Sera Je Monastery in southern India. Today, the fund sponsors 8,300 meals every single day for all 2,500 Sera Je Monastery monks (3,300 monks are served breakfast). This offering allows the monks to concentrate on their studies without the constant worry of sourcing and preparing their next meal.

It is difficult to imagine the sheer volume of food it takes to offer 8,300 quality vegetarian meals daily.

  • Rice and vegetables is typically offered as part of the nutritious vegetarian lunch provided to 2,500 monks through the Sera Je Food Fund.

    Rice and vegetables is typically offered as part of the nutritious vegetarian lunch provided to 2,500 monks through the Sera Je Food Fund.

    2,187 pounds of flour are required for one month of breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • 46 pounds of tea leaves are needed for a month’s worth of breakfast tea.
  • For lunch alone, 5,300 bananas, 460 bundles of green vegetables, and 772 pounds of rice is offered during a typical month. 
  • Dinner for one month requires 23 bottles of soy sauce, 2,780 pounds and 50 bundles of vegetables and 34 gallons of cooking oil.

These examples are just small fraction of the ingredients needed to offer about 250,000 meals every single month.

The annual cost of the meals offered through Sera Je Food Fund is US$280,000. You are welcome to donate any amount toward this most incredible offering to the monks of Sera Je Monastery who are studying very hard to be able to be of most benefit to the world.

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All of the monks of Sera Je Monastery are offered three nutritious meals daily through the Sera Je Food Fund.

All of the monks of Sera Je Monastery are offered three nutritious meals daily through the Sera Je Food Fund.

Every day, 8,300 meals are served to all 2,500 monks studying at Sera Je Monastery through the Sera Je Food Fund. Before each meal, all of the monks offer prayers and dedications to all of the many kind sponsors of the Sera Je Food Fund which provides an annual operating budget of US$280,000 in order to provide 3,029,500 meals every year.

This video shows the monks offering prayers, before lunch. The prayers are always dedicated for the supporters of the Sera Je Food Fund.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the Sera Je Monastery Abbot are also seen enjoying the same nutritious vegetarian lunch offered to all the other monks.

You may donate any amount to this incredibly beneficial project which provides one of the most fundamental needs for life – food – and allows the monks to focus on their studies without the burden of sourcing and preparing their own meals.

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Monks at Sera Je Monastery after lunch sponsored by the Sera Je Food Fund.

Monks at Sera Je Monastery after lunch sponsored by the Sera Je Food Fund.

“Path to Geshe” by William Judge and Bodhi Leaf Productions tells the story of monastic life at Sera Je Monastery. You can learn more about this wonderful film on the Bodhi Leaf Productions website. You can also view the trailer below.

Sera Je Monastery is the learning institution of many of FPMT’s teachers. Nearly all of the 46 geshes teaching in FPMT centers around the world come from Sera Je Monastery. Since 1991, the Sera Je Food Fund has been offering meals to all the monks studying at this monastery. The fund currently offers three vegetarian meals a day to all 2,500 monks studying at Sera Je.

This film is now available to the public and can be purchased via Amazon.

 

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For over 14 years, Yeshe Norbu Association has benefited Tibetan refugees and children struggling to survive.


Yeshe Norbu Association
is an Italian FPMT non-profit association which supports important projects benefiting Tibetan refugees and children. One project that Yeshe Norbu has benefited immensely is the Sera Je Food Fund. Over the past ten years, Yeshe Norbu  has contributed funds to cover over 3 million meals provided by the Sera Je Food Fund.

This is something amazing to rejoice in. Please watch this video which outlines all of the charitable work undertaken by Yeshe Norbu Association for the benefit of Tibetan refugees and children who need the support so desperately.

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All of the monks of Sera Je Monastery are offered three nutritious meals daily through the Sera Je Food Fund.

All of the monks of Sera Je Monastery are offered three nutritious meals daily through the Sera Je Food Fund.

Every day, the Sera Je Food Fund offers three vegetarian meals to all of the monks studying at Sera Je Monastery (with an additional 800 monks from the Sera Je School joining for breakfast). The fund currently offers 8,300 meals every single day.

The amount of food required for this offering is astounding. For example, a typical month’s worth of meals requires, among many other ingredients:

  • 98 gallons of cooking oil
  • 2,601 pounds of flour
  • 2,280 pounds of rice
  • 36 bottles of soy sauce
  • 5,300 bananas
  • 510 bundles of green vegetables
Monks helping prepare one of the daily meals offered through the Sera Je Food Fund.

Monks helping prepare one of the daily meals offered through the Sera Je Food Fund.

It costs approximately US$280,000 to offer three meals every day to all of the monks.

 If you would like to contribute to the Sera Je Food Fund, you may offer any amount you are able.

  • US$10: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to one monk for one month
  • US$120: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to one monk for one year
  • US$780: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to all 2,500 monks for one day
  • US$5,460: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to all 2,500 monks for one week
  • US$280,000: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to all the 2,500 monks for one year

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche making offerings for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life at the conclusion of this year’s Jangchub Lam-Rim teaching event at Sera Je Monastery.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche making offerings for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life at the conclusion of this year’s Jangchub Lam-Rim teaching event at Sera Je Monastery.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche had a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Sera Je Monastery on January 2, 2014. Ven. Roger Kunsang shares that during the interview, His Holiness highly praised the three great monasteries (Sera, Ganden and Drepung) for their learning and for preserving the teachings of the Buddha in their entirety. Then His Holiness said that even the Buddha had to eat so that he could teach, and it was the same with the great Indian pandits – they needed to eat in order to be able to teach others. The monks need to rely on food in order to be educated in these great establishments of learning and His Holiness said that this is why the food fund that Lama Zopa Rinpoche and FPMT has established and offered for many years[the Sera Je Food Fund] is so very important.

What is Offered?

Every month an incredible amount of food is bought, prepared and offered through the Sera Je Food Fund in order to provide food for the 2,500 monks of the monastery.

For example, over three recent months US$11,458 (712,243 rs) was spent on food purchases for breakfast.  Food is offered to 3,300 monks for breakfast. This included:

  • 8,631 pounds of flour
  • 6,831 liters of milk

You can see more details about what is offered daily for breakfast.

For lunch, US$16,111.26 (1,001,502 rs) was spent on food purchases over three recent months. 
This included:

  • 51,380 bananas
  • 4,432 bundles of green vegetables

You can see more details about what is offered daily for lunch.

US$11,287 (701,620 rs) was spent on dinner over three recent months. This included:

  • 97 bottles of soy sauce
  • 5,260 pounds of rice

You can see more details about what is offered daily for dinner.

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The Sera Je Food Fund provides three nutritious meals to all of the monks studying at Sera Je Monastery.

During His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Jangchub Lam-Rim teaching event at Sera Je Monastery
The Sera Je Food Fund Kitchen offered dry food to all of the monks as the kitchen was not able to prepare food due to some restraints associated with this massive event. However, during that period the kitchen made sure all the monks had the food to prepare themselves.

Thank you

This ongoing offering is possible due to the incredible kindness of so many who supported the Sera Food Fund over the last twenty-two years, as well as the team at Sera Je Monastery: Ven. Ngawang Sangye, Ven. Rabten, Ven. Kelden; the amazing cooks and monastery staff and administration including the monastery manager, Geshe Thubten Monlam. On behalf of all the monks: Thank you for your incredible support and please rejoice in this amazing offering that we are able to make every day of the last twenty-two years to over 2,500 monks.

You are welcome to offer any amount at any point to this incredible daily offering of food to Sere Je Monastery’s most precious Sangha.

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