Elders Grant – In former Tibet, practitioners had no other need or wish than to devote their senior years to prayer and meditation. They were provided for by the monasteries or communities in which they lived and were respected and cared for.
Still today, approaching the later stage of life is the pinnacle of every true practitioner. It is the time when merit and wisdom come together to create the most auspicious circumstances for their path to liberation. To have such esteemed members of our sangha present in our communities is a blessing for everyone in our sangha. A perfect example is the presence of Mayum Tsering Wangmo in Lerab Ling.
Elders Grants aims to provide financial support for Rigpa communities to welcome senior practitioners who have dedicated their lives to the dharma and our sangha and reached retirement age, to spend the remaining years of their lives deepening their spiritual path.
The Process and How to Apply – Applicants must show evidence of financial need and should have committed 20 years or more of their lives to working for Rigpa. Applications for this grant can be submitted throughout the year. Please start by contacting the retreat centre where you are living or would like to live to discuss your wishes.