May 10, 2017

The experiment to have healthier little monks by using electric hair cutters, rather than razors, to cut their hair has shown very positive results. Keeping a little bit of hair on the head allows for greater retention of the natural oils that create protection, and the monks now have fewer infections and are less vulnerable to the spread of disease. 

Since this method of head shaving has proved so positive for the monks at VVI, more shavers were acquired for the young monks at the various monasteries in Nepal, thanks to several donors who  provided funds for 9 more hair clippers. 


Thank you, Manduka

May 10, 2017


For several years, Manduka has been donating their quality yoga mats to Tara Abbey and SMD. Each place now has 27 mats of their own, although the class sizes can still exceed the number of mats! 

The students and nuns made lovely cards and thank-you letters for the Manduka staff, expressing their love of yoga and great appreciation for the mats. White scarves and boxes of Tara Abbey incense completed the gesture of gratitude.

When the employees at Manduka received their gifts...

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May 10, 2017

Another group of nuns has concluded the traditional long retreat at Thrangu Tara Abbey Retreat Center in Manang, formerly know as Sher Gompa. This is the 7th three-year retreat to be completed by Tara Abbey nuns and we are deeply grateful to the donors of the Pema Chodron Foundation for their very kind support during the entire retreat.

Excessive rain and snow this past year caused a wall that was damaged during the earthquake to deteriorate. As a result the start of the next retreat has been ...

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Earthquake Preparedness

December 5, 2016
This fall, the monks at Namo Buddha Monastery and the nuns at Tara Abbey got search and rescue training in preparation for the next earthquake.  They learned about the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) skills.

Nepal is in one of the most active earthquake zones. According to USAID, the big one is yet to come.  

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Fall Newsletter for NBF Canada

December 5, 2016
The Fall Newsletter for 2016 is ready for downloading.  
Please share it with friends and family.

All the best to everyone this holiday season.

And Happy Birthday to Thrangu Rinpoche, our kind teacher.

Rinpoche with SMD kids November 2016.

Rinpoche giving an empowerment.

SMD Shrine Hall repaires

Outdoor school room and happy art students.

Art class and super soccer players.

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New SMD School slide show

October 30, 2016

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CBC Report about Nepal children at risk

May 2, 2016
April 25, 2016 CBC published a one-year anniversary article and video about the children of Nepal and the risks they are facing daily. The earthquakes of 2015 devastated the country and children are in great danger.

Click here for the full story:
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SEVEN Thrangu Tara Abbey nuns graduate Shedra

April 29, 2016

The College for Higher Buddhist Studies (Thrangu Tara Abbey Shedra) was inaugurated March 2004.  Seven nuns have graduated from the rigorous 8 year shedra program.  They have been appointed as staff in charge by Thrangu Rinpoche.

Eight nuns will enter the shedra since finishing Class Six at Shree Mangal Dvip.

The Shedra nuns attended the 2016 winter program  in Bodhgaya, India, including the Kagyu Monlam. During the two month programs, they took part in the annual nuns debates that are pres...

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Annual Mani Prayers at SMD Boarding School

April 25, 2016


The 24th annual Mani Drubchen was held at the school from April 13-23, 2016.

Every year all the monks, nuns perform the prayes and the lay community recite millions of Om Mani Padme Hum mantras.  The Drubchen is led by Thrangu Rinpoche and Tulku Damcho Rinpoche.  

The last day of the prayers Thrangu Rinpoche gives Chenreyzig empowerment.  This year over 3,000 people received the blessings of the empowerment.  The Drubchen is a wonderful event ...

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Seniors graduating from Grade 10 face challenges

April 5, 2016
SMD students study until Grade 10 and then take the SLC exam (School Leaving Certificate).  After that they face many challenges in their education: lack of space at SMD (buildings are still unusable after the 2015 earthquakes, waiting for repair), lack of funds for high school completion.
Shirley Blair, SMD Director, has written a report for sponsors of SMD students finishing their studies at the school.  It explains how SMD tries to encourage their studies and assist them.

There are many stud...

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Namo Buddha Foundation Canada NBF is Thrangu Rinpoche's Canadian foundation. Namo Buddha Foundation Canada is a registered Canadian charitable organization founded by Thrangu Rinpoche to undertake charitable projects in Nepal, India and Tibet.
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