In addition to teaching, there are other activities that are important to Tana Dungsey Rinpoche. If inspired, students may contribute directly to these by making donations (see the “Ways to Help” tab).
Tana Monastery, Kollegal, India
Presently, the spectacular Tana Monastery lies within a compound of Tibetan refugee camps in Kollegal, South India, and is home to 70 monks. After the passing of his father in 2000, Tana Dungsey Rinpoche inherited the Tana Monastery and it is now his heart project to
complete its refurbishing and reconstruction so that the traditions of the Yelpa Kagyu tradition may flourish. These plans include completing the construction of a modern kitchen and dining room, as well as living quarters for the monks (all of this is about 80% complete as of 2017). There is a small shrine room that seats 50, and plans are underway to create a large shrine room (capacity 110 seats).
While in India, Tana Rinpoche continues his father’s tradition of tirelessly working for the benefit of the approximately 22 nearby Tibetan refugee camps. Each camp houses approximately 30 households and Rinpoche serves as their spiritual teacher, performs pujas, funerals and tends to the many spiritual needs of the refugee communities. He also provides material benefits to those in need, sometimes to the neglect of his own needs.