Tibetans preserve their unique culture.
5, 2003, 6:00-7:30 EST
Conrad Richter (Chair), Martha Foster, Lisa Farnsworth, Evan Zaleschuk,
Matthew Richards, Chuck Damov (Minutes)
in parentheses indicate original agenda item numbers.]
is the overall co-coordinator of Gaden Relief. Currently, Gaden
relief is legally part of Gaden Choling. It is a registered Canadian
charitable organization. Generally, GR is decentralized, but there
are reporting requirements to Revenue Canada.
would like to support Mongolia, keeping in mind our currently
limited resources. Our goal is to help, specifically the Amarbayasgalant
monastery, poor people in Ulaan Bataar, supporting Zava Damdin
Rinpoche (Sarwa Tamden [Hayagriva] Rinpoche) and his monastery,
in Delgertsogt North of Mandalgovi in the Gobi desert. And fund-raising
for other projects when they arise.
is democratic, we are free to get involved in dharma works as
well as social works.
leader: Matthew Richards
data of people involved: PLEASE FORWARD YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE
NUMBERS TO CONRAD FOR DISTRIBUTION TO EVERYONE
of Mongolia Project (#5)
done thru Gaden Relief.
fiscal year end for Gaden Relief is June 30th; all dispersal of
funds must be properly reported and forwarded to Conrad well before
with Mongolia contacts: GR has a one page contract to use with
our foreign contacts.
for Project members: teleconferencing and e-mail works well.
MONASTERY: Amarbayasgalant is approx. 6 hr. drive Northwest from
Ulaan Bataar in Selenge Province near the Buryat-Siberian border.
It has about 60 monks right now. Most of them are aged 7 to 20's.
well. This is important, because the monks have to walk a long
way right now to get their drinking water. Rinpoche: it would
be good to get a well, because the creek is not so clean, it is
far away, 2 kms from the monastery. A well is cheaper and cleaner.
ask Mrs. Gerlee [Gerlbayasgalant] (Mongolian contact,) ("Amar
Mur" is the Ulaan Bataar city centre and official Mongolian fund-raising
arm for Amarbayasgalant Monastery) to investigate the feasibility
and cost of a well for us. Ms. Gerlee is a former professor in
Ulaan Bataar, who is now devoting most of her time to the Amar
projects. Ms. Gerlee is the person we can try to do our contract
has been rebuilt by Guru Dev Rinpoche and others. They do not
need so much dharma items for the monastery. They need practical
support for everyday living now. The boy monks are still sleeping
on the floor, or in Yurts. It is cold in the winter.
it is important that we ask Zava Damdin Rinpoche and Gerlee what
they think they need. We should not just tell them what we want
to do .MATTHEW WILL CONTACT GERLEE ABOUT THE WATER WELL
project is to have a Westerner teach English and Dharma to Mongolians,
for say 3-6 months.
it would be good to contact i.e. Dharma publishers, to see if
they will donate dharma books for the Amar Mur city centre. (MATTHEW,
contact Mahayana Sutra and Tantra press)
all work has been done on a volunteer basis for Gaden Relief.
Conrad believes this policy should continue. This includes people
traveling to Tibet, India, etc.
no-one has gone on behalf of Gaden Relief for such a long period
Rinpoche: Blue khatags and prayer wheels are specifically Mongolian
items. These kinds of dharma items, and Dorje and bells, statues,
posters, etc. are quite inexpensive. Also Mongolian clothes and
other items. MATTHEW will send us a list of items.
Evan: administrative knowledge and support to Matthew and project
to fund-raise, and may have contacts w/ Mongolian studies dept.
in University in Bloomington. Also Lisa wants to go to Mongolia,
and possibly spring 2004?
to fund-raise, and be a liaison with the Mongolian people in Vancouver.
One Mongolian lady, Gana (Sp. ?) is possibly going to Mongolian
in spring 2004. She has offered to take or bring back items for
us. (CHUCK TO CONTACT)
willing to be involved in any capacity, according to his time.
is contemplating going to Mongolian for a few weeks in early July,
CONFERENCE CALL MEETING ENDED @ 7:30 PM. EST.
by Chuck Damov