FOUNDATION

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The main idea behind the creation of the Sangter Foundation is to support the development of Sikkim – one of states of India, located in the Himalayan Region, at the foothill of Kanchenjunga.
Under the auspices of Sangter Tulku Rinpoche, a Buddhist teacher, abbot of two Buddhist monasteries from Karma Kamtzang lineage, a group of volunteers from Poland and other countries has been working on improving the quality of life of people inhabiting this mountainous region.

South Sikkim is a region at the foothill of the third highest peak of the world – Kanchenjunga.
The area is scarcely populated, mountainous, subject to rough Himalayan climate, with poor road infrastructure and majority of population living of agriculture. It is a very ethnically diverse region, with extremely rich history and culture. It is also in a dire need of help, and this is what the Sangter Foundation, supported by people of good will, is trying to do.



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The success of Sangter Foundation is a result of a joint effort of Sangter Rinpoche followers and students as well as friends, volunteers, sponsors and supporters from all over the world.


We introduce and start international projects and cooperation in order to gather sufficient funds, knowledge, equipment, and human potential to achieve our objectives.


That is helping to create an efficient health care system in region, increasing the quality of life of local communities, providing education, and protecting the culture of this region.


We also happily support other initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life and human health, predominantly ones thanks to which we can do something good for the others, irrespectively of geographical location and circumstances.


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7 days ago

On the 16th of May 2022, on to the commemorative day of Buddha Vesak - Buddha Birthday, this year's annual event was held for the first time at Tathagata Tsal surroundings at Rabongla, Sikkim.

All gathered during this auspicious commemoration received the blessing of Darshan of Relics (Ringsel) of Buddha and Arhats which were presented during this event to the public auditorium.
His Eminence Sangter Tulku Rinpoche in the presence of the Honorable Minister Arun Upreti with all honourable invited guests and the Sangha Community all join prayers for world peace and happiness.
On this auspicious occasion, H.E. Sangter Tulku Rinpoche gave also teachings on Buddha's life history and the Four Noble Truths leading beings to enlightenment.
All gathered at the venue join their hearts, prayers and aspirations for all Dharma brothers and sisters, for their living in peace, joy, happiness and future enlightenment of all beings.🙏💗
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2 months ago

Today, March 17th 2022, on a very auspicious day of the Anniversary of Jetsun Milarepa, doctors and nurses from the Eye Department of Namchi District Hospital (Sikkim) performed eye check-ups for members of the local community at Ravangla PHC South Sikkim.

On behalf of H.E. Sangter Tulku Rinpoche and Sangter Foundation we would like to extend a very warm heart thank you to all doctors, nurses and volunteers involved and supporting in the organisation of this day.

Sangter Foundation guided by H.E. Sangter Tulku Rinpoche was very happy and delighted to take part in this event by sponsoring such a needful activity. We make deep heart wishes for the future flourishing of these medical activities for benefiting local communities.

As this auspicious month continues and we are reminded of miracles performed by Buddha Shakyamuni, please all pray that peace and loving-kindness prevail in Ukraine and all over the world.

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3 months ago

Happy Losar everyone!

With best wishes to all our brothers and sisters for the Tibetan New Year 2149, Year of the Water Tiger!
Let this year of the Water Tiger be more peaceful and full of possibilities and may all obstacles be pacified.
May Buddhas and Bodhisattvas bless you all with growing happiness and success.
Let’s all the events of the passing year teach us how to be better people and show us how to grow, especially in difficult times.
May the wisdom of Buddha’s teachings encourage us to live with compassion and loving-kindness towards all sentient beings around us.

I pray that this coming year will bring us many opportunities to grow and develop.🙏💗.
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Happy Losar everyone!With best wishes to all our brothers and sisters for the Tibetan New Year 2149, Year of the Water Tiger!Let this year of the Water Tiger be more peaceful and full of possibilities and may all obstacles be pacified. May Buddhas and Bodhisattvas bless you all with growing happiness and success. Let’s all the events of the passing year teach us how to be better people and show us how to grow, especially in difficult times. May the wisdom of Buddha’s teachings encourage us to live with compassion and loving-kindness towards all sentient beings around us. I pray that this coming year will bring us many opportunities to grow and develop.🙏💗.

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3 months ago

“I am sure you all follow the situation in Ukraine and you see disturbing images from the war zone. As followers of Buddha's teachings, we shouldn't be first to judge what’s wrong and what is right immediately. My request is, please, restrain yourself from judging. This would not bring any help and resolution in that complex situation. Now the time is to pray and help.
Our focus as practitioners of Dharma is to understand the situation according to the teachings of Buddha and bring help with relief. Always with the right motivation and with our possibilities.

This is a good time to practise a good, brave heart and generosity. Towards all people that were forced to abandon their homes and run away to save lives. Some of our Dharma centres in Poland (like Grabnik, Poznań, Regulice) already has started helping. I kindly request, please support them in any possible way. Our brothers and sisters escaping conflict will need food, shelter, clothes, medical check-up and many other things. They also need our help and support both mentally and physically.

If we can, if we have resources, we should offer our help as much as we can. I deeply pray from the bottom of my heart for all that suffers in this conflict. I want to strongly encourage members of our Sangha to do the same.

For all involved in the conflict, we ask Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Protectors to bless them all with wisdom, compassion, loving-kindness and understanding. Whatever you do with a good intention, from the heart, remember to dedicate it towards peace and to all sentient beings.
Please stay safe and strong at heart.
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“I am sure you all follow the situation in Ukraine and you see disturbing images from the war zone. As followers of Buddhas teachings, we shouldnt be first to judge what’s wrong and what is right immediately. My request is, please, restrain yourself from judging. This would not bring any help and resolution in that complex situation. Now the time is to pray and help.  Our focus as practitioners of Dharma is to understand the situation according to the teachings of Buddha and bring help with relief. Always with the right motivation and with our possibilities. This is a good time to practise a good, brave heart and generosity. Towards all people that were forced to abandon their homes and run away to save lives. Some of our Dharma centres in Poland (like Grabnik, Poznań, Regulice) already has started helping. I kindly request, please support them in any possible way. Our brothers and sisters escaping conflict will need food, shelter, clothes, medical check-up and many other things. They also need our help and support both mentally and physically.  If we can, if we have resources, we should offer our help as much as we can. I deeply pray from the bottom of my heart for all that suffers in this conflict. I want to strongly encourage members of our Sangha to do the same. For all involved in the conflict, we ask Buddhas, Bodhisattvas and Protectors to bless them all with wisdom, compassion, loving-kindness and understanding. Whatever you do with a good intention, from the heart, remember to dedicate it towards peace and to all sentient beings.Please stay safe and strong at heart. Sangter”

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3 months ago

Recently, H.E. Sangter Tulku Rinpoche was invited to bless the new building of Zyembho Tashi Chhokpa (Barfung, Lingtam).
H.E. Sangter Tulku Rinpoche also gave a blessing to the renovated Holy Stupa within the complex.
The purpose of this newly opened local community house is to give assistance to everybody in social need and to make Barfung community residents grow stronger and united.
This building is a result of the continuous hard work of the local community.
We would like to express our deep gratitude to everyone involved in this project. Without your unstoppable support and help, this activity and development won’t be possible.
H.E. Sangter Tulku Rinpoche would like to direct a special THANK YOU from the bottom of his heart to all for your continuous involvement, activities and commitment to benefit people and all sentient beings. 🙏🍀💗
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Sangter Rinpoche biography

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Venerable Sangter Tulku Rinpoche is a reincarnation of terton Dorje Lingpa. Born in Sikkim Venerable Sangter Rinpoche was formally recognized as a Tulku from the Nyingmapa tradition.

His education begins at the Institute of Higher Nyingma Studies - Deorali Shedra in Gangtok, Sikkim, India, where he studied according to Nyingma tradition. Venerable Sangter Tulku Rinpoche continues his education at Namdroling Shedra in Karnataka, South India for the next two years.

Then he studied and completed the three-year meditation retreat in Benchen Monastery Retreat Center in Pharping, Nepal under the guidance of Kyabye Tenga Rinpoche and His Eminence Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche.

Although he is responsible for his own monasteries in Sikkim, in appreciation for his dedication in working for the Benchen community, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche and Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche, consider him a Rinpoche from Benchen monastery.

Venerable Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche recommended fully Sangter Tulku Rinpoche as a Buddhist teacher, underlining that people can rely both on his education and his meditation experience

During the summer course in the year 2010 in the Buddhist Centre in Grabnik Venerable Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche said:
"When Sangter Tulku Rinpoche reached the age of seventeen or eighteen, he was with His Eminence Chatral Rinpoche. At that time, Chatral Rinpoche made a prophecy for him, by saying: 'it would be a great benefit for your future if, for your further education, you go to Benchen Monastery'. So then, around the age of seventeen or eighteen, he went to Benchen Monastery and entered this tradition. He started studying all the necessary monastic rituals and other things. Eventually, he went to the three-year retreat centre in Benchen Retreat Centre known as Benchen Drubde Osal Ling in Pharping, Nepal. He did the three years and seven-months intensive retreat. I consider him a very good practitioner. During his three-year retreat, he definitely managed to gain excellent experiences and realization. Especially, Sangter Rinpoche loves me very much. He has given all his heart to me and I always consider Sangter Rinpoche as one of the tulkus, one of the Rinpoches of Benchen Monastery".

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Sangter Foundation and its objectives

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The main objective of Sangter Foundation projects in Sikkim is to create an efficient, basic health care system available to all inhabitants of the region. Because of very poor road infrastructure and difficulties to reach some areas of Sikkim, access to health care is seriously hindered or, in some places during winter and monsoon, even impossible.

We, as Sangter Foundation, want to change this. We want local people to know that in case of a disease, an accident or labour there is a place nearby that can provide them with quick and efficient basic medical help. For us, it is essential, that such help does not require people to travel a long distance to health care centres and does not require huge expenditures either. We think medical care should be widely available, easily accessed and delivered with kindness and care.

At present we are focusing mostly on:

  • building new or adapting the existing infrastructure for medical purposes,
  • supply existing buildings with all necessary equipment
  • organizing the transfer of knowledge, skills and human resources to make this procjets happen

We are also working tirelessly to build the foundations for future generations of healthcare worker, by creating an education system that would educate future nurses, midwives, natural medicine therapists and health-related medical sciences, representatives.
All these objectives are accomplished by our main medical project that focuses on everything health-related: the Sangter Foundation Clinic.

In our vision, a Clinic is a place where doctors, physiotherapists, midwives, herbalists and other medical professionals representatives are trying to do their best to make medical support, both conventional and natural medicine, accessible to all the Sikkimese.

Do you need more information or maybe do you plan to actively participate or support projects of Sangter Foundation Clinic?
Or maybe are you interested in travelling to Sikkim and work “on the ground” with our projects?
Please let us know by emailing us at office@sangterfoundation.org


Other activities

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Besides actively supporting the Sangter Foundation Clinic, the Sangter Foundation also focuses on activities allowing the sharing of knowledge, experience, and skills. Thanks to these projects and initiatives we want to improve the quality of life of local communities, activate local entrepreneurship, have a major impact on the development of education, protect the rich and diversified culture of the region, and help the people of Sikkim leading easier, better lives, despite all the inconveniences and difficult conditions.

Our initiatives cover the following areas:



Culture

  • cultural and architectural heritage conservation and reconstruction program
  • conservation and reconstruction workshops
  • ballet workshops (dance theatre)
  • opening a library and publishing house

Society

  • bakery and a sewing workshop; set-up and construction
  • social revitalization of local communities
  • woman professional reintegration program
  • protection and support for local handicrafts
  • transfer of knowledge and skills to protect the heritage of regional products

Environment

  • activities to set up a waste management system in the region
  • education about renewable energy sources and preparing a framework for an eco-energy system
  • introduction biodiversity program in the region with elements of environmental education
  • supporting 100% organic farming in Sikkim

Education

  • language exchanges program (teaching English and Tibetan)
  • scholarships for future Sikkimese conventional and natural doctors and therapists
  • general education programs for children
  • local school support (transfer of knowledge and resources)
  • medical education workshops and program

Projects

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We believe that our initiatives will have long-term effects in the form of improved quality of life and health status of the Sikkimese.
We also invest in quick, short, very much needed actions, like help in organising medical transport for patients to other regions, when help cannot be provided on site; or more emotional projects like buying crayons, sweets or shoes for children from Sikkimese schools.

Do you see yourself supporting one or more of our activities? Do you know an interesting project or initiative that we could get engaged in?
Do not hesitate to email us at office@sangterfoundation.org


Most recent projects

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  • medical volunteering: organisation of a travel of Polish physicians of different spacialisations (ophthalmology, GP, physiotherapy, homeopathy, medical help;
  • purchase of medications necessary for our volunteering doctors;
  • purchase of dental equipment for Sangter Clinic in Ravangla;
  • preparation of offices and rooms at the Clinic;
  • organisation of a travel of a professional, renowned baker and pastry chef from Poland, to educate employees of our new bakery built in Sikkim;
  • ballet classes for children;
  • purchase of equipment for ballet classes;
  • education program: oral health and dental diseases prevention;
  • yoga classes; corrective exercises and rehabilitation classes;
  • collecting and purchase of ophthalmic equipment;
  • help in organising the first Kagyu Monlam in Sikkim;
  • conservation of heritage paintings program in Ravangla;
  • supporting trial running Mossarun 2020&2021, Sweden ;
  • sanitization program, Ravangla ;
  • material and financial support for those in need;
  • supporting Kashubian Philharmonic - Wejherowo Cultural Centre & Teatr Tańca Saraswatii, "Mother Earth" online spectacle;
  • cooperation and supporting homeless shelter in Poland;
  • with cooperation with Tathagata Tsal, organizing and sponsoring winter course;
  • supporting local activities, project of building Zyembo Tashi Chokpa (Barfung, Lingtam).


Upcoming projects

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  • continuous building and development of Sangter Clinic;
  • opening ophthalmology (eye disease) clinic department of Sangter Clinic;
  • daily support to most affected by current circumstances (distribution of dry food rations; blankets, small medical equipment) ;
  • opening acupuncture department of Sangter Clinic;
  • laying foundations for educational infrastructure;
  • support school library opening;
  • setting up foundation for cultural heritage reconstruction project.
  • cooperation project with www.aidstation.org
  • supporting a homeless shelter for women (Poland);
  • activities & cooperation with different NGO’s; “Supporting homeless” project (Poland).


FOUNDATION NETWORK

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We are an international network of students, supporters, friends, and volunteers, that actively work in both Asia and Europe. Our efforts are continuously supported by people from Poland, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Russia, India, Malaysia, and Singapore.

We always support initiatives aimed at improving the quality of human life and health, especially ones thanks to which we can do something good for the others, irrespectively of geographical location and circumstances.




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