Jhamtse Gatsal

Children's Community

The Garden of Love and Compassion

Children's Community

The Garden of Love and Compassion

On a remote mountaintop of the Himalayas sits Jhamtse Gatsal (Tibetan for “The Garden of Love and Compassion”), a special school and home for 85 abandoned and neglected children.

Founded by former Buddhist monk Lobsang Phunstok, who trained under the Dalai Lama, this unique community gives boys and girls the chance to escape extreme poverty and grow up in an environment where they are free to be themselves and dream about their future.

Today, Jhamtse Gatsal is a vibrant thriving Community sustained by a dedicated staff. They share a dream for the Community and its facilities to continue to grow, adding a new class of students each year, until they have about 200 students from grades K-12. They have already had a positive influence on the surrounding villages through our Community Outreach program as they increasingly model and teach self-sufficiency and sustainability at a village scale.

Jhamtse Gatsal

Lobsang Phuntsok, a Buddhist monk from the Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh, India, long dreamed of helping to serve the needs of the remote Himalayan region where he was born.

Lobsang envisioned an educational Community where at-risk children from these impoverished villages could thrive and learn in an environment founded on the principles of love, compassion, and wisdom which were at the core of his own Buddhist upbringing. His inspiration was to share the blessings of education and the opportunities he had received during his experience growing up at Sera Je Monastery in southern India and his travels around the world.

Lobsang’s dream was realized when Jhamtse Gatsal opened its doors in 2006, welcoming 34 of the most at-risk children from local villages, three teachers, two housemothers, and three support staff.

Ivo Valkenburg

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