Dear Sangha, dear friends and sponsors,
In the first half of the year, we received great support in repaying loans. That helped us a lot. For that we say thank you!
At the moment we urgently and primarily need your support for a new donation project: Project 5, new center car. Please transfer the donations directly to our donation account (see below) stating the purpose: Donation for project 5.
The other donation projects: Creation of a translator fund of the association and support for the repair of the heating system of the Kamalashila Institute (project 1 and project 4) are still current, but should be considered secondarily.
We also ask for the support of the Klausurzentrum Halscheid in the repayment of its loan and for the support of the association in the financing of a uniform web presence of the centres (project 2 and 3).
We wish everyone a wonderful and contemplative pre-Christmas period,
Horst Rauprich, 1. chairman of the Karma Kagyu Community Germany registered association
Project 1: Translation Fund
Bridging the gap between the Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition and its roots in the West is the great task that the Kamalashila Institute has set itself in the German-speaking world. It is essential for the teaching and a deeper understanding of the teachings and exercises that the Tibetan texts are available in the German language.
„In order for the Dharma to take root completely in any language or culture, there is initially a need for accurate translations, … The personal transmission (from the realized master to the disciple) … is, however, the heart of living Buddhist teachings.“ Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche 1992
Both the written translation and, above all, the interpretation of the lectures and teachings of the masters and teachers are not possible without qualified translators. Our great masters would be so to speak speechless without these translators. Therefore, the Karma Kagyu Community Germany e.V. would like to create a fund for the financing of the translators of the association, for their training and further education and for translation projects as well as their publication.
We ask the large circle of our members, interested parties, sponsors, friends and the numerous practitioners of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions to participate in this project with regular donations. If each of you would donate 10 € per month, we could systematically promote translating and train translators. But also individual donations help us further. Join us!
Project 2: Support for the Karma Tekchen Retreat Centre Yi Ong Ling, Halscheid
But we should not forget Karmapa’s retreat centre in Halscheid via the institute. Years ago, extensive renovation measures were necessary. Halscheid will pay € 358 per month for the loan until 2020. We would like to make use of the agreed annual special repayment of 5.100 € in 2018 and ask for donations for this.
Project 3: Multisite appearance of the centres
The degree of recognition of the centers and the recognizability of their membership in the Karma Kagyu Community Germany are usually low. Who e.g. in Hamburg knows the TTC? The reason: The possibilities of the centres in the IT sector are limited in terms of finances, personnel and knowledge. Our common goal is to improve this situation through a multi-site that is centrally hosted, maintained and further developed on a server. Effort and costs for support and service would be minimized for the centres, a uniform „frame design“ makes the togetherness visible without taking the centres‘ own profile, the modern web presence makes them more attractive, offers improved organisational possibilities for announcements and information and would facilitate networking of the sangha. And much more.
The construction of an individual website on the basis of the multisite would cost 1.000 € once. However, most centres cannot afford this. We would like to make this possible for the centres through donations. We need 9.000 €. Please support this project.
Project 4: Repair heating system
A radiator in the Lhakhang of the Kamalashila Institute was rusted through and dismantled to prevent leakage of water. The other 7 radiators have rust spots, so they also have to be replaced, which should happen in the short term. We want to avoid that the Lhakhang can only be heated insufficiently during the winter months because of the defective radiators.
As the heating system does not have a stopcock, the replacement is technically complex. The costs will amount to approx. 8000 €.
Whether radiators in other rooms of the institute must also be replaced will be checked and, if necessary, listed here as another donation project at a later date.
In addition, the combined heat and power unit will fail again and again. Service technicians of the manufacturer and our heating installer will soon repair the malfunction together. We are expecting costs of around 2.500 €.
We urgently ask for your support.
Project 5: Acquisition of a new Kamalashila Centre Carriage
The old centre car of the Kamalashila Institute had an accident with total loss. It was possible to buy a new car for 10.250 Euro: a reasonably priced DACIA LOGAN MCV with a large trunk. We were already able to raise about 5.000 Euros by paying out the insurance sum and a promised donation. In order to get the remaining 5.000 Euros we kindly ask you, the members, friends and sponsors of the institute, to make donations for this project. Thank you very much!
Please transfer the donations directly to our donation account (see below), stating the purpose of the donation. Keyword: Donation for project 5.
Our new donation account
Account holder: Karma Kagyü Gemeinschaft Deutschland – Tibetisch-Buddhistische Religionsgemeinschaft e.V.
Bank Kreissparkasse Mayen
IBAN: DE33 5765 001 001 9949 1127
Payment for: See KEYWORDS above!