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 September 1, 2019, there have been US$1,082,755 in Merit Box offerings awarded through 287 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.

2019 Funds Have Been Awarded

Below is the list of the 21 Dharma projects and activities that received funds from Merit Box offerings in 2019 (amounts are in US Dollars). Thank you to all who made Merit Box offerings!




Chenrezig Nuns Community, Australia
Resources for Hospital Chaplaincy
FPMT Italy
Translation of FPMT Materials into Italian
FPMT Mongolia
16 Guidelines English
Ganden Tendar Ling, Russia
Discovering Buddhism Online Translation
International Mahayana Institute, France
Support Sangha to Attend Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche$500
Jamyang Center, UK
Fire Alarm System
Khamlungpa Center, Mexico
Kangyur and Tengyur
Land of Calm Abiding, USA
Solar Upgrade
Langri Tangpa Centre, Australia
LTC Street Library
Lawudo, Nepal
New Retreat Rooms & Installation of Solar for Hot Shower
Liberation Prison Project, Australia
Office Equipment for Art Projects
Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program, India
Online Tibetan Language Course Platform
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, USA
Lamrim Year Book
Maitri Charitable Trust, India
Small and Large Animal Care and Shelter
Milarepa Center, USA
External Building Repairs
Milarepa Center, USA
Forest Plan Renewal
FPMT Student in Nepal
Feeding Stray Animals in Kathmandu
Pamtingpa Center, USA
Pamtingpa Center Gompa
Thubten Norbu Ling, USA
Dharma Friends Care Group
Tse Chen Ling, USA
Center Bathroom Upgrade
White Mahakala Study Group, Romania
Creating a Kadampa Stupa

Total Awarded in 2019


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
| 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

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!


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 2019 grant cycle was completed in May. Applications for 2020 can be submitted starting November 1st, 2019 through March 31, 2020. Please contact meritbox@fpmt.org to request an application. Applications for the 2019 funding cycle will be due March 31, 2020. 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.


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