Lobsang started teaching in Massachusetts in 2001. He taught me enough about using compassion (both toward myself and others) in my daily life to significantly change my opinion of myself and also my relationship with my spouse and others. Lobsang then founded Jhamtse to help others learn the value of compassion in daily life. This organization has ground from one small group to 6 groups serving 200 people in Eastern Massachusetts. Jhamtse has also started Gatsal, a school for poor students in the remote Himalayas of northeastern India. I have had the privilege to sponsor Konchok, a student at that school for the last 3 years. I have watched him grow for a dirty, scared kid, to a happy healthy one. I hope will be able to visit Gatasl and meet Konchok in person soon.
Jhamtse has several major activities: Buddhist teachings in many Massachusetts communities; the Jhamtse Gatsal School in Northern India; and Jhamtse Youth programs. Each of these three focus areas works to spread love and compassion in the world. I will write about the great benefits of the local Jhamtse communities, and the teachings of Lobsang Phuntsok. His teachings on Buddhism, and how to live with love and compassion, have been enormously helpful to me in all aspects of daily life. Practical tools, and wonderful anecdotes constantly come to mind when I am struggling with different situations. The Jhamtse Gatsal School provides housing, food, clothing, education, and health care to 73 residential children in Northern India. It is a resource to other villages in Arunachal Pradesh. Jhamtse Youth programs have provided the opportunity for high-school and college youth to visit Jhamtse Gatsal school, and to bring practices of love and compassion to their school communities. Donations to Jhamtse International will support these three efforts, and will especially change the lives of those in the Jhamtse Gatsal School community, a Garden of Love and Compassion in northern India.