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About Us

Welcome to Gompa
The Online Services Site for the Major Tibetan Monasteries and Nunneries of India and Nepal

Background

The formation of Gompa - Tibetan Monastery Services was inspired by the aspirations of the senior lamas at the major monasteries and nunneries in India and Nepal. Our aim is to follow their wishes and to help build a closer connection between the major monasteries and nunneries and their followers worldwide and with all those who have an interest in classical Tibetan knowledge, practice, culture and arts around the world.

With the support of the senior lamas, Gompa has been established as a not-for-profit partnership of charitable organisations. [Select here to see our Advisory Council members]

Our collective aim is to provide online services that are specifically designed for connecting with the dharma activities of the lamas and the monasteries and nunneries, a service which reflects the traditional relationship between the monasteries and nunneries and the public, offers the range of services suggested by the senior lamas – free from advertising and where your personal data is not shared or sold – and where the webcasting channel has been specifically created as a suitable environment for the webcasting of the teachings, empowerments and the other special events held at the monasteries and nunneries. [Select here to see messages from senior lamas introducing Gompa]

Network of Partner Monasteries and Nunneries

In India, Gompa’s online services are available from the partner monasteries and nunneries at Dehradun, Bylakuppe, Hunsur, Mundgod, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal and, in Nepal, in the Kathmandu valley and at Namo Buddha. Online services from further partners in India and Nepal are continuously being added. [Select here to see current partner monasteries and nunneries]

The Gompa head office is at Dehradun (North India) with webcast hubs also at Mundgod (South India) and Kathmandu (Nepal).


The Dehradun head office staff (from left to right): Urgyen Tenzin (Webcaster), Lobsang Palden (Director, India, and Head of Webcast Production), Yangchen Lhamo (Chinese Liaison), Tenzin Chokey (English Liaison), Tenzin Woebum (English Liaison).

The Mundgod hub staff (from left to right): Karma Rinchen Phuntsok (Webcaster), Wangdu Phuntsok (Hub Manager and Head Webcaster).

The Kathmandu hub staff (from left to right): Tsewang Yeshi (Webcaster), Tenzin Wangchuk (Director, Nepal, and Hub Manager), Tsering Tashi (Webcaster).

Management and Funding

Gompa is managed, in partnership with the major Tibetan monasteries and nunneries of India and Nepal, by Tibetan Monastery Services Ltd, UK, a subsidiary of the Orient Foundation for Arts and Culture, registered charity #287817. See www.orient.org.

Initial funding for the launch of Gompa was raised by the Orient Foundation for Arts and Culture, in part from supporters of the Private Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama and also from the Foundation's own trustees.

Gompa keeps its operating costs to a minimum and sets its fees based on the requirement to sustainably provide and develop the online services over the long term. Any additional revenue generated through the provision of our services is donated towards the development of multimedia educational resources, in support of the partner monasteries and nunneries in India and Nepal; and towards the archival conservation of, and provision of access to, classical Tibetan knowledge and arts study resources for scholars, students and the Sangha worldwide.

Copies of all the video recordings of public teachings and other special events made by Gompa are shared with the senior lamas and the partner monasteries and nunneries and archived at the Classical Tibetan Knowledge Archive and Multimedia Study Resource (http://www.tibetan-knowledge.org). Thereby the recordings can continue to play an educational role for current and future generations of Tibetans, for the peoples of the Himalayan regions, and for the worldwide community.

We invite you to support the continuation and expansion of Gompa - Tibetan Monastery Services, by joining us as a member-supporter and/or by donating to Gompa, or, if you would like to hear about how to join our investor-supporter group, please write to us at: admin [at] gompaservices.com.