Origin of Bon
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The Children
Menri is a refuge for Bon children whose numbers increase each year. The children--many of whom are orphaned--are sent to Menri from poor regions in the borderlands of Tibet and Nepal for their sustenance and education. Boys are sent to Menri Monastery's Bon Children's Welfare Center to be trained as monks. Girls are placed at the Redna Menling Nunnery to be trained as nuns. When they have finished their basic high school education at the Central School for Tibetans, they can choose to remain monks or nuns and pursue their higher education at Menri's Bon Dialectic School where at the end of nine years they receive their Geshe degrees (equivalent to the western Doctor of Divinity). Others leave monastic life and choose to prepare for secular professions such as medicine, law, architecture, or computer science. Some learn to be skilled laborers at nearby vocational schools.


The annual cost for food, shelter, clothing, and education for one child is $400. If you choose to give Sponsorship Support for a child, please indicate it on the payment page. If you prefer to make a General Donation to help the children, that option will also appear on the payment page.
Any help you can provide for the children will be most welcome!

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The Bon Foundation forwards funding for all Menri Children to the Yungdrung Bon Monastic Center (YBMC), a not-for-profit foundation under the leadership of the Abbot of Menri. YBMC evaluates the children's needs and disperses funds accordingly. The future of Bon depends upon the fate of these children. Please help!

The Monks
Monasticism has always been the bedrock of Tibetan culture. Menri Monastery in exile has replaced the original Menri Monastery in Tibet (1405) as the spiritual and administrative center for all Bonpos. The monks who make up this community are indispensable to its survival. Menri monks are responsible for maintaining the large monastery complex itself as well as all the rituals and ancient practices of their Bon lineage. Many of the monks pursue higher education at Menri's university known as the Dialectic School. Here, after nine years of study, they receive their Geshe Degrees, equivalent to the Doctor of Divinity Degree in the west. Their work ensures the continuation of a vibrant and relevant system that is increasingly acknowledged in the modern world. While many kind people are moved to help and sponsor Bon children, the Bon Foundation wishes to highlight the importance of the great work and sacrifices made by the monks of Menri.


The annual cost of food, shelter, clothing, and education for one monk is $400. If you choose to give Sponsorship Support for a monk, please indicate it on the payment page. If you prefer to give a General Donation to help the monks, that option will also appear on the payment page.

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Supporting a Bon monk is an invaluable contribution to the continuity and future of Bon. Anything you can give will be most welcome!

People of Menri continued on page 3

Menri Child
Bon Monk
Bon Nun
Genreal Fund
Shining City

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