Lha depends on the goodwill of volunteers and monetary and material donations for it to provide essential rehabilitation resources to the exiled Tibetan community. Lha is a non-profit organization dependent on monetary contributions from philanthropic corporations and generous individuals. In India, even a little goes a long way, and a lot goes very far!

Account Name: Lha Charitable Trust
Account Number: 2517000101008335
Bank Name: The Punjab National Bank
Branch: Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, H.P

Payable to: Lha Charitable Trust
Lha Office Temple Road, Mcleod Ganj, Dharamsala, 176219
Distt Kangra, Himachal Pradesh

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Website of Samdhong Rinpoche

The 21st Century is considered to be the era of internet. The Tibetans both inside and outside of Tibet have shown great interest and fondness for the internet as other people of the world. Hence, through this website, Lha Charitable Trust, an institute for social work and education, has decided to promote and broadcast the extensive and valuable teachings and writings of Professor Samdhong Rinpoche under the umbrella project of Preservation and Promotion of Tibetan Culture and Tradition.

Rinpoche's speeches and writings on Buddhism, non-violence, education, political science, democracy, law, history, auxiliary sciences, language, environment, promotion of virtue, promotion of peace, values of life etc are available in media formats whereby we can read, listen to, and watch them in English, Tibetan, and Hindi – but there has never been a compilation of all these together. We are therefore delighted to present all of Rinpoche's speeches and writings in here for the benefit of all people throughout the world and particularly to the Tibetans living in Tibet and outside of Tibet who wanted to learn and give respect and importance to the Rinpoche's works.

The proposal to launch a website dedicated to Rinpoche was floated several years ago and permission was sought multiple times through his personal assistant. Rinpoche declined on all the occasions and the launch was delayed to this day. Nevertheless, the concern for the loss of his valuable thoughts and teachings and the great benefits they can be to the world in general, and to Tibetans in particular – has daringly prompted us to launch this website without his permission.

Nowadays, in the world in general and especially in Tibetan society, the value of virtuous conduct is in fast and constant decline. In times like these, when people everywhere are blinded by jealousy, competitiveness, and self-aggrandisement, a saintly and exemplary person like Rinpoche is increasingly rare. As per his conduct is concerned, Professor Samdhong Rinpoche lives with great contentment and conscientiousness, and continues to dedicate to a life of study, contemplation, and practice. He has no attachment to luxurious living, material wealth, fame, or high status. To say in short, he lives a life of a simple Buddhist monk who has renounced money, materials and other things.

Regarding his wisdom and knowledge, Rinpoche is a renowned scholar in both Buddhist and non-Buddhist fields. He is learned and expert in exposition, debate, and composition by upholding the integrity, pride, honour, and majesty of Tibetan people not only among Tibetan society but also among the Eastern and Western scholars. To establish this, he has been honoured with many scholarly titles by renowned Indian universities in particular and other international universities, educational institutions, research centres, etc. in general.

Prof. Rinpoche dedicatedly shoulders major services of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and straight away follows his every word. His whole life has been dedicated to the cause of Tibetan religion, politics, culture etc. but never had displayed or boasted of what he has done. His spectacular deeds are visibly witnessed by all the judicious people. In spite of this, he fully ascertained his belief in the tenet of truth and non-violence and is also a well-known practitioner of them.

It goes without saying that the Tibetan people are greatly fortunate to have such a great figure at this crucial time in our history. We are therefore extremely proud to have the opportunity to launch this website. In pursuit of making this website an important resource for the researchers and practitioners, we will continue updating Rinpoche's philosophy, teachings, and writings. It is our hope that this high purpose will be served by our humble actions.

Through this website, we will make available to access the written, recorded, and video teachings as well as photos of Rinpoche, and also connectivity to other social websites.

We will highly be grateful and request you to contribute teachings in written or video format, or any other relevant media of Venerable Professor Samdhong Rinpoche to this office.
Thank you once again. www.samdhongrinpoche.com



Lha currently seeks funds to ensure continued success of its grassroots 'contact magazine'.

To further support its organizational objectives Lha Charitable Trust also offers Tibetans in exile a free press – Contact Magazine.

Contact, a grassroots monthly magazine in publication for over 14 years, is an important source of international and local news, information on Tibetan issues, upcoming events in Dharamsala, local resources and volunteer opportunities.

Contact is a registered and recognized by the Office of the Registrar of Newspapers for India, Ministry of Information and Broadcast, Government of India. The registration number of Contact is HPENG/2013/51798.

Most importantly, the magazine invites submissions from Tibetans, Indians, and foreign travelers, providing a platform which enables the community to share views and opinions in an open and creative way. For the Tibetan people living in exile, the magazine allows them to exercise the basic human right of freedom of speech.

The magazine is free and is available in a paper format, a digital on-line format, and on Facebook. Due to its diverse readership, Contact Magazine raises awareness of the multidimensional issues faced by the Tibetan people, both those living within their homeland, and in exile. You can visit the website at http://contactmagazine.net/.

Due to the popularity of Contact Magazine, Lha Charitable Trust seeks funding to increase the frequency of publication and expand its distribution. To establish further stability and continuity in quality, Lha also requests funding to hire a full-time manager, editor, reporter, publisher, and website staff member. With this support, Contact Magazine can offer greater opportunities for Tibetans in exile to participate in the self-expression which they were denied in their homeland.

Lha is currently seeking funds to support the full operation of its Community Soup Kitchen initiative for the duration of one year and to support the development and implementation of a self-sustainability plan for the project.

High numbers of refugees living in poverty result in a large scale inability to buy nutritiously dense food. This contributes to increased incidences of chronic lifestyle diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, gastritis, liver cirrhosis, heart disease, and hypertension.

According to a 2009 Census, 44% of Tibetans living in Dharamsala and surrounding settlements suffer from one of these chronic lifestyle diseases.

The Lha Community Soup Kitchen aims to alleviate cases of malnutrition in Dharamsala by offering nutritious, low-cost or free meals to 40-50 Tibetan refugees daily. So far 235 needy people have benefited from the Soup kitchen project in the last five years, since its inception.

In addition, Lha will empower refugees to make healthy choices about the food they eat by offering nutrition education classes at the soup kitchen.

Furthermore, by starting a job training program to assist refugees in obtaining employment in the service or restaurant sector, Lha will simultaneously combat unemployment in this community.

In June 2013 a survey of 47 users of the community soup kitchen was administered in order to assess the effectiveness of the services being provided. 46 of the 47 respondents identified as being unemployed and only 6 (13%) of those surveyed receive any kind of financial support from friends or family.

In a survey conducted in December 2014 by Lha volunteers on the effectiveness and use of Lha Community Soup Kitchen, nearly all of the users (96%) responded that the soup kitchen meals are beneficial to their health, and 87% said they come to the soup kitchen because of financial problem

Therefore without the services of the soup kitchen, these people would be unable to afford healthy and nutritious food and would be forced to drink local tap water, adding to the health problems which many of them already face (51% of those surveyed identified as having existing health problems, often caused by poor quality food and water)



AIDS Tibetans in exile are categorised as a high risk group for HIV infection due to high mobility, lack of awareness of the disease. According to the Central Tibetan Administration's (CTA) Demographic survey of Tibetans in Exile 2009, almost 15% of the total working population engages in the sweater selling activities (seasonal street vendors)—most of whom travel to urban areas alone and are separated from their families for several months out of the year.

Although no formal study has been conducted to determine the risk factors amongst Tibetan male refugees, it is highly speculated that they are at risk of exposure to HIV due to engaging in unprotected sex with commercial sex workers. HIV prevalence amongst commercial sex workers in India is significantly high according to the World Health Organization. Data on the HIV/AIDS situation in Tibetan communities in exile is limited, however according to the CTA Department of Health data of 2010, 130 cases have been reported in individuals in exile. In Tibet, as of 2009, 103 cases were suspected.

Lha Charitable Trust intends to tackle the problem and raise awareness in the community to help reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Tibetan communities living in exile. This will be achieved through a multi-levelled education and awareness programme which we will begin in the local community of Dharamsala and extend across other Tibetan settlements throughout India. To maximise the project's impact and efficiency, we are hoping to coordinate with the structures and organisations that are already in place such as schools, drug services and other community organisations such as monasteries and women's associations.

Alongside ensuring consistent provision of HIV/AIDS education, we want to create a peer-to-peer education programme to access those young people who are not in already contact with organisations such as schools and drug services. Peer education is based on the reality that many people make changes not only based on what they know, but on the opinions and actions of their close, trusted peers. 

Summary of Lha's Health and Hygiene Services– Eye Testing Project

In September 2009, Lha took a small budget surplus and decided to implement a free eye testing program to all residents in Mcleod Ganj, both Tibetan refugees and the local Indian population. This decision was sparked by feedback from the refugee community, many of whom had complained of eye sight problems.

Through working in conjunction with a local eye doctor, who performed preliminary testing at Lha's office, a doctor at Delek Hospital, who performed more detailed testing, and an optometrist, who prepared prescriptions for those who required glasses, Lha was able to provide prescription glasses to a total of 145 people in need.

Such was the demand for this new service, Lha's budget ran out within a month. Those that had their eyes tested and received glasses were very happy with the outcome. Many wonderful comments were received about how much people's lives had improved by having their poor vision corrected.

The overwhelming success of this program uncovered a need to offer this service to the community in an ongoing capacity. Lha is dedicated to looking for ways in which to raise enough funds to continue to offer its eye testing program for years to come.

Lha is hoping to raise funds of USD $3,500 in order to carry out its eye testing program on more local Tibetan and Indian people again in the near future. With this amount of money we will be able to fit approximately 200 people in need with high quality prescription glasses.
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