The Merit Box Project

The International Merit Box Project was created in order to cultivate generosity as part of a daily practice. The Project began in 2001, and every year offerings are collected from FPMT students, centers, projects and services worldwide.

The collected offerings have been disbursed annually as grants supporting a wide range of Dharma activity. Holy objects, book publishing, helping ordained Sangha attend retreats, social service projects, translation work, Dharma libraries, education initiatives and trainings, and the list goes on…

As of July 15, 2021, there have been US$1,154,905 in Merit Box offerings awarded through 314 grants to Dharma projects and initiatives working to fulfill the FPMT mission!

The project is a tangible example of generosity and community in action: FPMT students all over the globe practicing together in order to benefit beings and support the Dharma.

2021 Funds Have Been Awarded

Below is the list of the 15 Dharma projects and activities awarded funds from Merit Box offerings for 2021 (amounts are in US Dollars). Thank you to all who made Merit Box offerings!




Aryadeva Study Group, Austria Bathhouse for Yogin $1,500
Center of White Mahakala, Romania Building the Main Retreat Cabin $2,000
Chenrezig Nuns Community, AUS Online Gompa Manual of Puja & Practices $3,000
Editions Mahayana, France Becoming Your Own Therapist in French $1,300
Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy Green Transition $5,000
Lama Yeshe Ling, Canada A/V Equipment for Podcasts & Video Blogs $750
Land of Medicine Buddha, USA Emergency Infrastructure Repairs $10,000
Langri Tangpa Center, AUS Gilding of Lama Yeshe Statue $1,000
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, USA Image Archive Catalog & Publication $1,500
Milarepa Center, USA Base & Shrine for Kshitigarbha Statue $3,000
Nalanda Monastery, France Padmasambhava Statue Project $2,500
Oahn Vovan, Nepal Feeding Dogs & Monkeys in Kathmandu $500
Pamtingpa Center, USA Center Dining Room/Library/Bathroom $1,500
Tse Chen Ling, USA Painting Entryway of Center $700
Tse Chen Ling, USA Ceiling Fans for Gompa $700

Total Awarded in 2021


Past Grants

View reports of past giving cycles through the Merit Box Project. As you read over the Dharma projects that have been supported by the generosity of thousands of students, please take a moment to rejoice!

2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011
2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

A simple practice at home, can benefit Dharma communities worldwide!

Become a Merit Box Practitioner

Merit Box practitioners keep a Merit Box handy so they can place offerings in it throughout the year. Just think, one’s spare change can help build a new stupa, retreat cabin or translate a Dharma text!

By growing the number of Merit Box practitioners, we hope to also widen the number of projects benefiting from these kind donations. We invite you to consider starting this simple merit practice yourself! Merit Boxes are offered freely through the Foundation Store.

Click here to order a free Merit Box Practice Kit

How to Practice with Your Merit Box (instructions)

Submitting Your Merit Box Offerings

International Merit Box Project donations, which will next be used to create the 2022 grants, are collected now and continuously until March 31, 2022. You can also support the International Merit Box Project now by making a one-time or monthly recurring donation!


NOTE: If you are planning to submit more than US$500, please contact for direct bank transfer information. Direct transfers for large donations save a lot on fees!


How to Apply for Merit Box Funds

Funds collected through the International Merit Box Project are annually disbursed as grants awarded for centers, projects, services, and study groups; for initiatives managed by FPMT International Office or initiatives elsewhere that further the Mission of FPMT.

The 2021 grant cycle was completed in May. Applications for 2022 can be submitted starting November 1st, 2021 through March 31, 2021. Please contact to request an application. Applications for the 2022 funding cycle will be due March 31, 2022. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is involved in the application review and approval process, which takes place in April/May each year. Disbursements are made generally in May/June of each year.

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