What does The Whise Foundation do?
The WHISE Foundation (TWF) was founded in 2019. WHISE stands for Wisdom Housing In a Sustainable Environment. TWF is committed to realizing good and safe accommodation for the monastery Dagpo Shedrup Ling (Kais, India).
We support the renovation of the monastery buildings, the primary school and the medical post, as sustainable and environmentally conscious as possible. Whenever possible, we use local resources, expertise and manpower.
We strive for the self-reliance of the monastery. It is important that the maintenance of the buildings is also guaranteed in the long term. For this we work together with several organizations such as Entraide Franco Tibetaine and The Dagpo Educational Fund.
Dagpo Shedrup Ling
The Buddhist Monastic University Dagpo Shedrup Ling was established in southeastern Tibet in the mid-15th century. In 1959 about 700 monks were studying there
The invasion of Tibet by the Chinese in 1959 forced many monks (and afterwards) to leave Tibet. After many difficult years, Dagpo Shedrup Ling, thanks to the unwavering support of the Venerable Dagpo Rinpochee got a new home in Kais in the Kullu Valley, India.
What needs to be done
It can be very cold in the winter months. The average temperature in the Kullu Valley is on average 4 degrees. Especially for the children and monks these are hard circumstances to learn and live in. The monastery requested financial support for the construction of heating.
In order to find the best answer to this question, TU Delft students have conducted research into a sustainable solution. It came to light that the housing as a whole is very unsafe and unhealthy. The region is one of the most earthquake-prone areas of the world and the buildings are not designed for this. The poor condition of the classrooms, dormitories and other areas means that the children and monks can easily get sick.
This situation is unacceptable and that is why we are committed to a healthy and safe living environment for the children and the monks. They deserve that!
The objective of our foundation implicitly has a social aspect. Living from the traditions of Dagpo Shedrup Ling means contributing to education, health care and other forms of humanitarian aid where necessary.
The monks have a good relationship with the local community. They support several local schools. With the medical post they provide affordable and quality care for the poor villagers in this remote Himalayan area. This contributes to the development of the region. In the beginning of the covid-19 era, they were active to help people with food aid.
How to proceed and how you can help?
Much needs to be done. Based on the results of the first study, further research is needed into the safety risks. After that, considerations are made about what can and cannot be done in terms of renovation.
Drainage of the site, sewerage, the school and the in-house medical post have the highest priority.
In line with the traditions of Dagpo Shedrup Ling, we do not ask for donations directly. We want people and organizations inspire them to devise and organize actions to collect money for good accommodation for the monastery. Coming up with and executing actions for others gives pleasure and provides great contacts and experiences. This gives generosity an extra dimension.
Who we are
mr. Lopsang Jhampel Jhampa Gyamtsog
President Mrs. PCG Hendriks
Secretary Mr. PS van Vliet
Treasurer Mrs. A. van Citters
General member Mrs. ASM Jansen-Groot
General Member Mrs. HMN Bodewes
General member Mr. JNG Oosthoek
General Member Mrs. A. Walstra
The WHISE Foundation has a ANBI-sta