Lamplighter Company gives a portion of all sales to Tibetans living in exile by donating to organizations in India, Nepal and the U.S.A.



Located on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, Tergar Lungrik Osel Targyé Ling Monastery is home to more than 100 monks from across the Himalayas. Tergar Osel Ling was established by the late meditation master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, who later entrusted the monastery to two of his sons, Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. Mingyur Rinpoche’s vision for Tergar Ösel Ling is to provide a school for approximately 200 underprivileged boys and girls from the surrounding regions, a college of Buddhist philosophy (shedra) for 300 to 400 monks, a shrine hall for teachings and ceremonies, and a learning center for international students.  Due to the damage done by the earthquake, the old buildings will need to be rebuilt. A new main complex will include a shrine hall capable of holding 2500 people, apartments for visiting teachers and guests, classrooms and dormitories.  There will be three blocks of buildings that will accommodate 300 monks.


Karma Triyana Dharmachakra (KTD) is the North American seat of His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, head of the 900-year-old Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and guide to millions of Buddhists around the world. The English translation of our name is “Karmapa’s Dharma Wheel of the Three Vehicles,” which represent the three paths to enlightenment. Beautifully situated in the northern Catskill Mountains above Woodstock, New York, KTD offers traditional teachings and contemporary programs by lineage masters under the guidance of the Gyalwang Karmapa and our resident teachers: Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Khenpo Ugyen Tenzin, Khenpo Karma Tenkyong, and Lama Karma Drodhul. 

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The Tibetan Nuns Project was established under the auspices of the Tibetan Women’s Association and the Department of Religion and Culture of H. H. the Dalai Lama and is dedicated to educating and supporting nuns in India from all Tibetan Buddhist lineages. In early 1991, a group of 66 refugee nuns appeared overnight on the streets of Dharamsala, India. They had been on a two-year pilgrimage from eastern Tibet that had ended in a journey over the Himalayas. Ill and exhausted, they had nowhere to go. The Tibetan Women’s Association organized emergency assistance to meet their basic needs, and set in motion the Tibetan Nuns Project to work exclusively on behalf of the nuns. The Project immediately began to find long-term solutions to the problems of securing housing, medical care and most importantly, education for refugee nuns. The Project created a sponsorship program, reaching out to individuals around the world.