Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche said, with a big smile on his face, that it had been the happiest birthday of his entire life!

whitetaraflatA huge thank you (with many hugs) to all who helped make Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s 90th birthday celebration such a stirring success!

When Linda and I met with Rinpoche a few days afterwards, he said, with a big smile on his face, that it had been the happiest birthday of his entire life! (We want to hear him say that again ten years from now.)

We all – students, donors, staff, and volunteers – deserve a pat on the back for showing Rinpoche our immense gratitude for his many decades of generosity, kindness, and hard work in spreading the dharma to the West.

In the process of doing so, we came together in all our diversity and individual differences as one community, as one sangha to celebrate Rinpoche’s long and productive life. To see us together and united as one body in our common purpose and love for the dharma was surely the best birthday present we could have offered him.

I’d like to recognize here our many donors, volunteer fundraisers, and even those who had no more to offer than their heartfelt prayers in support of KTD monastery. Rinpoche has expressed a wish to see KTD’s $3 million construction loan retired in his lifetime. Acting with Rinpoche’s blessing, Friends of KTD, under the direction of May Lein Ho, undertook the White Tara Rupa fundraising project which successfully raised $250,000 which will be used to pay down principal on KTD’s outstanding loan.

Following May Lein’s example, a group of volunteers headed by Amy McCracken with substantial support from long-time sangha member Patrick Wooldridge developed a fundraising campaign for Rinpoche’s annual 10-day teaching. We began by setting a fundraising goal of $25,000, approximately double the amount that was raised during last year’s ten-day teaching.

But then something wonderful and mysterious happened: an anonymous donor pledged up to $100,000 as a matching gift for any funds raised during the 10-day teaching and dedicated to loan principal payment.

We never thought we’d raise anywhere close to $100,000 – but guess what? We were are wrong!  We’ve now come very very close to reaching the $100,000 goal. Our anonymous donor has since agreed to extend the matching gift offer until the end of October or until the $100,000 goal has been reached, whichever comes first.

Why not write a check today? Perhaps it will be your check that takes us across the finish line. Make your check payable to “KTD” and be sure to write “loan repayment” in the memo line and mail to KTD, 335 Meads Mountain Rd., Woodstock, NY 12498. We’ll provide you with an in-depth report once we meet our goal. Thank you!

In the Dharma,

David Kaczynski

Executive Director

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