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.



TEAM

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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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1 week ago

On the occasion of honouring the 59th Birthday anniversary of His Eminence Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, Sangha and devotees from Rabonlga and its surroundings, Borong Mani Amala group, Manichokorling Mani Amala Group gathered to offer long-life prayers at Mane Chokhor Ling Monastery.

During the gathering, H.E Sangter Tulku Rinpoche gave teaching and bestowed transmission of Chenrezig and Guru Rinpoche. Everyone gathered also took Bodhisattva Vow in presence of H.E Sangter Tulku Rinpoche.
On this day orphan children from the surroundings received also food and other necessities.

Thank you from the heart to all participants who join this gathering.
All gathered direct and offer their prayers for long -life to all Rinpoches and for peace in every corner of the world.
May you all have a happy and long life and be successful in all your Dharma practice.💗🙏
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1 week ago

On the occasion of honouring the 59th Birthday anniversary, we would like to extend Happy Birthday wishes to His Eminence Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche.

On behalf of H.E Sangter Tulku Rinpoche with @SangterFoundation and all Sangha friends, we send a heartfelt wish for Your happy, healthy and long life.
May all your Dharma activities flourish and all aspirations are fulfilled.

We are deeply grateful for Your constant teaching and guidance to benefit all sentient beings.🙏🙏✨
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On the occasion of honouring the 59th Birthday anniversary, we would like to extend Happy Birthday wishes to His Eminence Drubwang Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche.On behalf of H.E Sangter Tulku Rinpoche with @SangterFoundation and all Sangha friends, we send a heartfelt wish for Your happy, healthy and long life.May all your Dharma activities flourish and all aspirations are fulfilled.We are deeply grateful for Your constant teaching and guidance to benefit all sentient beings.🙏🙏✨

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3 months ago

Starting back in the 13th century and celebrated in the seventh month of the Tibetan calendar (from 8th to 10th September 2022), the Pang Lhabsol festival pays tribute to Mount Kanchenjunga and signifies unity among the Sikkimese people.
This year's Pang Lhabsol 2022 celebration with prayers for the protection and well-being of the people of Sikkim took place Mane Chokhor Ling Monastery (Ravangla, South Sikkim) from 8th 2022 to 10th 2022.
On the 10th of September, the final day of 2022 Pang Lhasol concludes with the blessing presence of H.E. Goshir Gyaltshab Rinpoche welcomed by H.E. Sangter Tulku Rinpoche.
Followed by Body, Speach and Mind Mandal offering together with long life prayers in the presence of chief guest Hon'ble Minister Sri M.N Sherpa, special guest Hon'ble Minister Shri Bhim Hang Subba, Honour Minister Shri L.N Nepal together with all MLA's, advisors and chairpersons.
Reunion of Sangha and all present guests and devotes offer long life and spread Dharma activities prayers to our roots gurus, H.E. Goshir Gyaltshab Rinpoche, H.E. Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, Yangsi Tenga Rinpoche and Sangter Tulku Rinpoche.
We direct our heartfelt prayers to all members of Manipa Group and to everybody in every direction, you are in our prayers at this PhangLabsol 2022 celebration.
Finally, we direct our special thank you word to all supporters, helpers and members from Pangtoe Chaam Group, Zyembo Tashi Tsokpa, and Environment and Kitchen Groups. Your kindness and involvement in all Dharma activities have made these Phang Labsol activities so successful. Thank You! May all benefit! Many, many Tashi Delek!
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3 months ago

On the 10th day of the seventh month (bird month), we remember Guru Rinpoche being thrown into the Ganges by the tirthikas from Tamradvipa.
When rising from the water, he reversed the flow of the river and performed a vajra dance in the sky. Inspired and with devotion at heart, the tirthikas begin to follow the Dharma. Through this miraculous act, Guru Rinpoche became renowned as Guru Khading Tsal, Mighty Garuda Child.

On this auspicious day, the Nirvana statue of Shakyamuni Buddha at Tathãgata Tsal - Buddha Park (Ravangla, Sikkim) has been consecrated by H.E. Sangter Tulku Rinpoche with the presence of the Sangha, members of Manipa Mane Chokhor Ling Boddhichita group and staff of Buddha Park’s venue.
We are sending a heartful thank you for joining us at this auspicious event and sending best wishes to all teachers on their day. 💗🙏
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3 months ago

With great joy and happiness, we want to share with you photos from two days of celebrations from the ceremony of presenting the certificate of completion for Ngondro སྔོན་འགྲོ། (The Preliminary Practices for Mahamudra) .

The first group Mani Chokorling Bodhicitta Manipa Group members with the teaching and guidance of H.E Sangter Tulku Rinpoche successfully completed four stages of Ngondro སྔོན་འགྲོ།, preliminary (foundation) practice on the Buddhist path.

Meanwhile, the next group of members from Mani Chokorling Bodhicitta Manipa Group and Polok Manipa Group with practitioners from the Borong area yesterday gathered at the place to receive blessing and teachings from H.E. Sangter Tulku Rinpoche and started their four stages of Ngondro སྔོན་འགྲོ། practice.

H.E. Sangter Tulku Rinpoche with all participants wish you all happy and long life, realization in every practice and development of a heart full of lovingkindness and compassion.💗🙏
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4 months ago

The 10th day of the 6th lunar month is the Birth anniversary of the born of a lotus blossom on Lake Dhanakośa, Guru Tsokye Dorje. We also commemorate turning the wheel of Dharma for the ḍākinīs and the origination of Vajra Guru Mantra (ཨོཾ་ཨཱཿཧཱུྂ་བཛྲ་གུ་རུ་པདྨ་སིདྡྷི་ཧཱུྂ།).
On this day, led by HE Sangter Tulku Rinpoche, together with Vajra Master, Umze, Khenpo and Lamas, the Sangha community gathered at Mane Chokhor Ling Monastery to perform and dedicated their prayers to all beings for ultimate peace.
We especially direct and dedicate long-life prayers to H.H Dalai Lama, H.H 17th Karmapa, H.E Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, Venerable Yangsi Tenga Rinpoche and to all Root Gurus of every Buddhism’s lineage.
May our Masters have a long and healthy life and may their dharma activities flourish all over the world.🙏
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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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