About the 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.

As of July 1, 2018, there have been US$1,048,655 in Merit Box offerings awarded through 266 grants to Dharma projects and initiatives working to fulfill the FPMT mission!

The grants have supported 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…

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.

2018 Funds Have Been Awarded

Below is the list of the 18 Dharma projects and activities that received funds from Merit Box offerings in 2018 (amounts are in US Dollars). Thank you to all who made Merit Box offerings!

Organization

Project

Awarded

Chandrakirti Centre, New Zealand
Prayer Wheel Project
$1,500
Chenrezig Institute, Australia
Well-being Centre Completion
$1,000
De-Tong Ling, Australia
Large Prayer Wheel House Artwork
$1,000
FPMT Education Services, USA
Inner Job Description App in 5 Languages
$1,000
Ganden Tendar Ling, Russia
Basic Program Texts Translation & Publication
$4,625
International Mahayana Institute, France
Support Sangha to Attend Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche
$1,000
Jamyang/Community Courthouse Centre, UK
Repaying the Kindness Project
$1,000
Land of Joy, UK
Gompa Illumination: Specialist Repairs
$2,500
Lawudo Gompa, Nepal
Water Supply Project
$5,000
Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth
Printing the LKPY Habit Coordinator’s Manual
$380
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, USA
Publication of Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe
$1,000
Mahamudra Centre, Australia
Prayer Wheel Project
$3,000
Milarepa Center, USA
Tiny House #1 Upgrade Project
$2,000
FPMT Mongolia, Mongolia
16 Guidelines English Program 2017 – 2019
$3,765
Nagarjuna’s Light Center, Spain
Acquisition of Sacred Statues
$1,000
FPMT Spanish National Office, Spain
Improving National Office
$2,000
FPMT Spanish National Office, SpainDharma Translations into Spanish
$1,500
Tara Lanka, Sri Lanka
Reciting the Sutra of Golden Light in Sri Lanka
$600

Total Awarded in 2018

$33,870


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
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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 2019 grants, are collected now and continuously until March 31, 2019. You can also support the International Merit Box Project now by making a one-time or monthly recurring donation!

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NOTE: If you are planning to submit more than US$500, please contact donations@fpmt.org 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 2018 grant cycle was completed in May. Applications for 2019 can be submitted starting November 1st, 2018 through March 31, 2019. Please contact meritbox@fpmt.org to request an application. Applications for the 2019 funding cycle will be due March 31, 2019. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is involved in the application review and approval process, which takes place in April. Disbursements are made generally in May/June of each year.

 

Other Ways to Support
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