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Text Preservation

“Texts are our lifeblood - sustaining for the heart and medicine for the mind.”

~ Tarthang Rinpoche

During the 1959 invasion of Tibet, hundreds of thousands of Tibetans fled their homeland, pouring into the nearby countries of India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Afraid of losing their sacred texts, many carried precious books on their backs rather than food, despite the risk of starvation, valuing their spiritual heritage over their own physical well-being. Ninety-five percent of all the texts and art inside Tibet were destroyed as well as  6,000 monasteries, colleges, and libraries.

The Text Preservation Project is a cornerstone for the work of the Tibetan Aid Project. Over 5.5 million cultural and sacred texts in the Tibetan language have been printed and freely distributed to Tibetans in exile across the Himalayan region at the Annual World Peace Ceremony in Bodhgaya, India. Considering the cultural devastation, we can understand that there is still much more to do.

With the Annual World Peace Ceremony cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic, we are planning for a large shipment to be distributed when it is safe to do so. This effort places books directly into the hands of monks, nuns, and lay people, and supports monasteries, libraries and schools. We invite you to be part of this meaningful work by contributing to the printing, shipping and distribution costs.

With your help, we can keep this wisdom tradition alive for the benefit of all humanity.

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COMMUNITY OF 1000 Blessings

Tibetan Aid Project recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Truly a remarkable milestone and reflection of Tarthang Rinpoche’s vision and commitment to the Tibetan people and humanity. In honor of this, we are re-energizing Community of 1000 Blessings.

We hope you will join with others in pledging $30 per month for three years, a generous gift of $1,080. The steadiness of monthly pledges greatly contributes to planning and implementing our projects and activities. With 300 participants, Community of 1000 Blessings would generate $108,000 per year for three years. 

Together, let us gather 300 friends and supporters. This would be a substantial contribution and provide a strong foundation for achieving our goals for the next three years. We are grateful to those of you who have already joined Community of 1000 Blessings and encourage and appreciate those of you who are considering. 

When you begin your participation in Community of 1000 Blessings, a dedication of 108 candles during the Full Moon Ceremony in the Vairocana Garden at Odiyan will be held in your honor. Or you may wish to dedicate the merit to a loved one or something dear to your heart. Annually, there will be a ceremony at Odiyan on behalf of all Community of 1000 Blessings members, dedicating the merit that this generosity and commitment accumulates collectively.

“During this economic crisis, I made the choice to give monthly. I found it helped me maintain my contributions without stressing my resources or limiting my economic freedom.” –Susan Zimmerman

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Actualizing TAP’s mission by focusing on humanitarian and non-political activities and ensuring the sustainability of our charitable programs continues to be the focus of TAP’s Board and staff.

Including TAP in your estate planning helps to support a future dedicated to these endeavors.

Other Projects Supporting Text Preservation

Tibetan Aid Project is helping to fund these projects.

The solar panel system for Dharma Mangalam Press and a metal building for text storage at Ratna Ling Retreat Center are projects integral to the success of the Yeshe De Text Preservation Project. Both the Press and the Yeshe De Press are located at Ratna Ling Retreat Center and are sister organizations to Tibetan Aid Project. Together, they print, bind, and prepare Tibetan texts for shipping, and the books are stored at Ratna Ling until the shipping dates are confirmed.

Solar Panel System for Dharma Mangalam Press at Ratna Ling Retreat Center

Project costs: $150,000

Purpose & Description:

  • A cost savings and environmental project
  • Solar panels to provide 90% of electrical needs
  • Approximately $30,000 annual cost savings to help offset printing costs
  • Includes 250-300 free standing solar panels
  • Considering a 100 kw system; will confirm based on best price/watts in 2021
  • SHARING Tibet’s wisdom compassion tradition with the West so it can enrich our daily lives, through sponsoring Tibetan teachers, web-based courses, conferences and sacred art.

Metal Building for Text Storage

Project costs: $225,000

History, Purpose & Description:

  • Currently there are 4 tents to store sacred and cultural texts for distribution
  • The tents have been in place for about 12 years and are deteriorating. This metal building will replace the tent that is in the worst condition, and in addition will allow storage for the next deteriorating tent in the next year or two. 
  • It is 180 ft. x 100 ft. and will store approximately 780,000 texts.
  • It will have greater longevity than the current temporary storage tents. 


To Rebuild, Preserve, Strengthen, and Perpetuate the Cultural and Spiritual Heritage of Tibet for the Benefit of the Tibetan People and All Humanity.

All contributions are dedicated to the mission of Tibetan Aid Project. Tibetan Aid Project is organized as Tibetan Nyingma Relief Foundation and is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax deductible. Tax I.D. #23-7433901.

Help us preserve and share with the world this 1400-year-old wisdom tradition. People from all walks of life and spiritual beliefs can benefit from what this tradition has to offer. We invite you to include Tibetan Aid Project in your charitable giving.

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