Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund

Contributing to the needs of ordained monks and nuns around the world with support for food, accommodation, healthcare, education, and practice.

Taking responsibility for supporting these practitioners is extremely worthwhile because they are preserving and spreading the entire teaching of the Buddha.” — Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund was established in the tradition of the extremely successful Sera Je Food Fund, which offered three nutritious meals daily to all the monks of Sera Je Monastery for over twenty-six years. Over this time, the food fund established an interest-bearing endowment that will continue to cover the cost of food for this program indefinitely. 

This Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund is broader in scope and offers support to monasteries, nunneries, and individual monks and nuns around the world for food, accommodation, health care, education and practice. The fund is not limited to any one institution and able to benefit many nunneries, monasteries and Sangha in need.

Supporting monks and nuns is one of the highest priorities for the FPMT organization, because the preservation of the Buddhadharma is dependent on the existence of Sangha.


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Helping Build the Darpa Pandita Labrang at Sera Je Monastery

The Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund was pleased to help support the completion of the Darpa Pandita Labrang at Sera Je Monastery. Due to the increase in number of lamas living at this labrang, construction was needed to renovate the existing …

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Offering Support in Several Areas

Offering Food

Offering daily meals to the monks of Idgaa Choizinling Dratsang in Mongolia • For twenty six years offering all the meals daily to all the monks of Sera Je Monastery through the successful Sera Je Food Fund • Created an endowment fund able to cover the annual costs associated with offering three nutritious meals each day for all the monks of Sera Je Monastery.

“The practitioner and benefactor offering food create the cause to achieve enlightenment together.”  
— Milarepa

Support for Nunneries and Monasteries

Offerings to Sera Lachi for improvements to the monastery Support to Sera Je Monastery projects Funding the debate courtyard at Sera Mey Monastery • Retreat rooms for Sangha of Gyurme Tantric College Rebuilding the Rolwaling Gompa, Nepal • Offerings to the International Mahayana Institute Sangha communities • Annual grants to Tashi Chime Gatsal Nunnery, Nepal for food, accommodation, and rebuilding of the nunnery • Numerous grants have been given to monastic houses in Sera Je Monastery such as Bhati Khangtsen, Ngari Khangtsen, Samlo Khangtsen, Dhakpo Khangtsen, Osel Labrang, Kopan House, and others Ongoing support to Kopan Monastery and Nunnery Funding to the medical clinic at Sera Je Monastery.

“Offering even one cent to the Sangha community brings uncountable benefit and merit. As long as the Sangha community exists your merit exist. It will not be exhausted.”

— Lama Zopa Rinpoche


Support for Education and Teachers

Funding for annual exams and debates at the great monasteries of South India  Monthly stipends to all the senior teachers of the Gelug lineage through the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund, which is a project of the Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund • Support has been offered toward the education, including geshe studies, of a number of young reincarnated lamas sincerely engaged in study.

“Educating monks and nuns is one of the most important things in the world because they are trying to actualize Buddha’s teachings, learning the words and meaning.”

— Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Offering Robes to Sangha

Offering robes annually to all the FPMT geshes as well as ordained resident and touring teachers and also to Sangha who complete memorization of extremely difficult texts.

“If you offer with the recognition that the Sangha are the guru’s pores then that is an unbelievable way to collect merit. When you offer to many Sangha, who have the same guru as you, then you are making offerings to that many pores of the guru. This is the easiest way to collect skies of merit.”

— Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT

This fund supports Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche commented, “[I would like the organization to continue] establishing good quality monasteries and nunneries, with good quality Sangha in order to preserve the Dharma by having people practicing vinaya. [I would like the organization] to provide support to the FPMT Sangha and the monasteries and nunneries.”

Thirteen of FPMT’s centers have established monastic communities including the organization’s first, Kopan Monastery.

How Can I Make a Donation ?

To make a tax-deductible donation:


Or simply send your check in US dollars payable to FPMT Inc. and write “Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund” on the memo line.

FPMT, Inc.
1632 SE 11th Avenue,
Portland, OR 97214-4702, USA

The Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund is a project of FPMT, Inc. and is administered by FPMT International Office located in Portland, Oregon, United States. All donations made to this fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(c)(3) to the extent allowed by law.

For more information please contact: Charitable Projects Coordinator.

To view other FPMT Charitable Projects:

Supporting Our Lamas | Social Services Fund | Holy Objects Fund
Practice and Retreat Fund | Education and Preservation Fund