The Kagyu Monlam Soup Kitchen 2014: Supporting the Local Community with a Nutritious Lunchtime Meal
January 16, 2014
As part of the charitable activities during this year’s 31st International Kagyu Monlam, volunteers from Kagyu Samyé Ling Monastery and Tibetan Buddhist Centre in Scotland came to Bodhgaya especially to run a soup kitchen supplying a cooked meal for the needy.
For five days, during this year’s Monlam festival, they organised a nutritious midday meal of rice, dal and vegetables for up to 400 hungry children and homeless people. They decided to name this year’s project The Akong Tulku Memorial Soup Kitchen in honour of their teacher who was tragically killed last October. Dr Akong Tulku co-founder of Kagyu Samye Ling was a great humanitarian who established the international charity Rokpa Trust which supports many health, education and care projects for the well-being of people across the Himalayan region and around the world. His life was also celebrated in the Lama Chöpa Ritual on the last morning of the Kagyu Monlam.
Samye Ling volunteers have run similar free food distributions during the Monlam for the last seven years. This year they worked together with the Monlam Medical Camp and valued greatly the support they received from His Holiness Karmapa’s sister Ngodup Pelzom and the Chief Executive Officer of the Kagyupa International Monlam Trust Lama Chödrak in making this happen.
The All Indian Bhikkhu Sangha generously provided the venue, opposite the Medical Camp, and helped with the project.