Indispensable for Life: Food
ROKPA is supporting students as well as monks and nuns with food subsidies. This helps students to concentrate fully on their studies, and nuns and monks to focus on their priorities, e.g. sharing their knowledge as teachers. ROKPA is making a direct contribution to the conservation of language and tradition.
Agriculture and farming are only possible in a very limited way in the Tibetan highlands. Winters are long and vegetables can only be grown and harvested during a few months of the year. Nomad families can care for themselves but many families run out of their small budget as soon as children go to school and need to be looked after. Parents need to pay for the catering of students during their obligatory time in school.
The situation is similar in monasteries: vegetables are grown and yak are kept on the surrounding land, but usually these are not sufficient to feed the monks and nuns.
Food Aid for Nunneries
In the Tibetan regions of China, monasteries do not only serve as cultural centers but also as a social security net: if Tibetans are in distress they come to monasteries where they seek help, which they get in the form of consultations and rituals. This support helps many people to address their problems with an optimistic mindset.
Monks and nuns apply certain Buddhist techniques to educate the human mind. These techniques help people who suffer from problems, and bring harmony to the psyche.
Most of the monasteries are located in remote mountainous regions. ROKPA is supporting the conservation of this ancient, healing culture that is also now bringing benefit to the West (many techniques are applied in modern psychology).