Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit

Annual Letter for the Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit Corporation                          

November 2017         

 

Dear Sponsor,

 

All too fast another year has gone by and once again on behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank you for your continued and generous support of The Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit Corporation for Sera Je House #2A Monks and Affiliates, Inc. Because of your generosity, Geshe Tsulga’s vision of a corporation that provides for the educational and physical needs of the monks, nuns, and refugees affiliated with House 2A at Sera Jey Monastic University and around the world continues to grow.  Please visit our website, www.geshetsulga.com, where you will find Geshe Tsulga’s letter stating his wishes for this organization.  It is this letter which guides the Board and is our mission statement.

 

Seeds are Ripening

 

Venerable Geshe Jamyang Tashi, who was a student of Geshe Tsulga at Sera and one of the first monks to be sponsored back in 1993, has been asked by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to come to the US and teach between two Dharma Centers in California.  We are thrilled to see Geshe Tsulga’s vision coming to fruition.  This is why this organization exists, to preserve the Dharma and make it accessible to all who desire to receive the teaching.

 

Geshe Tenley will be traveling to Sera this winter and may have the opportunity to attend teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bylakuppe.  This visit by Geshe-La is also an opportunity for him to see firsthand the needs of House 2A and help us to stay on track.

 

Annual Donation Total

 

Total income for the fiscal year was $16,346, of which $14,405 was sponsorships, $340 general fund, and $1601 administration.  Thank you for your overwhelming generosity! 

 

It was Geshe-la’s instruction that all expenses related to the operation of this corporation, including administrative, legal, and even PayPal charges, be covered by the officers and board members, or donations earmarked especially for administrative purposes.  I am happy to report that with the generous donations of our sponsors, along with the Board of Directors contributions, all of our operating expenses for the fiscal year have been covered.

 

Changes to the Board of Directors

 

When the Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit Corporation was formed there were only four members on the Board of Directors, Venerable Sue Macy, Andrea Judge, Joy Paulson and myself.  Over the last few years we have been fortunate to have Harry Duvall, Jane Larsson and Debra Thornburg agree to sit on the Board.  We were also blessed to have Venerable Geshe Tenley to participate as our Spiritual Advisor. 

 

These additional Board members will allow the members of The Kurukulla Center and those in the Boston area greater access to the organization and more importantly, information about those they sponsor.  We felt this so very important for a number of reasons.  This is where the core of Geshe Tsulga’s students reside and was his home for so many years, Secondly, his nephew and successor, if I may use this word, Geshe Tenley has followed on as the resident teacher at the Kurukulla Center.  Geshe Tenley has done an amazing job in carrying on and building upon what Geshe Tsulga began.  Having for the most part grown up there, he understands the needs of House 2A and has a wonderful relationship with his former home in India.

 

So here are some of the changes that are in the works.  Jane Larsson is now the organization’s Treasurer.  This is a big task and we all appreciate Jane’s willingness to take it on. 

 

We would like to thank Andrea Judge for her years of dedication and work in this role.  She began with no roadmap on how to establish a process for an organization as unique as this.  Through her diligence and hard work your donations successfully make their way through the maze from here to House 2A at Sera-Jey in India.

 

Debra Thornburg is in a newly created role of Sponsor Coordinator.  In this capacity she will field questions from sponsors and with the help of Kimber Fitzmorgan (thank you for all that you do Kimber!) keep track of both sponsor and sponsored as they move in and out of the organization.  We see this role evolving over time to include social and educational components.

 

Recognizing that much of the Board would now be based in the Boston area, we felt it important to have someone in the area to represent the organization and act as liaison with the Kurukulla Center, the FPMT, visiting teachers etc. and be available for some of the daily activities of running the organization. To this end, Harry Duvall consented to serve as Co-president of the Board of Directors with Bill Judge.

 

So now it is once again time to make your tax-deductible annual sponsorship donation.  Full sponsorship is $200 annually, though any amount is greatly appreciated. 

 

If you have already sent your donation, thank you. For your convenience we can accept your donation on our website via PayPal (again, the full amount of your PayPal donation goes to your monk, nun, or child – the transaction cost is covered by the organization, unless you include it with your donation). If you have a specific monk, nun or child that you support, please be sure to note their name.  We can be found at:

 

http://www.geshetsulga.com/annualsponsorshipletter.html

 

Or, you may send your check to our

 

NEW ADDRESS:

The Geshe Tsulga Non-Profit Corporation

175 Mountain Street

Sharon, MA 02067-2236

 

Thanks again for your generous donations.  We look forward to another successful year.

 

With kind regards,

 

 

William Judge

 

 

NOTE - Please remember that 100% of your donation goes to your sponsored monk, nun or refugee.  Our operating expenses are covered by the Board of Directors or by a donation specifically made to help us offset our operating costs.

Annual Donation