Mission and Projects

Image of White Tara
from Dzongsar Monastery in Tibet

Over the last 35 years, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche founded various branches of the Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation (KRF) in order to accomplish the goals Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche had put forth. There are foundations in France, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Switzerland and Portugal. These institutions all share the same goals and respect strict ethical rules. Most have been granted the status of Public Utility, such as KRF Portugal, which allows for donations to be deducted in taxes.

During the past decades, KRF International has supported innumerable projects, described in more detail in the French site.

The activities of Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation in Portugal began in the late 2000s and uphold with its counterparts the same principles and altruistic missions that have always characterized the actions of Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche and his family:

  • Preservation of the cultural and spiritual heritage of Tibet, with the purpose of introducing the current generation to invaluable traditions.
  • Support to the unprotected, particularly children, the elderly, the sick, and the poor.
  • Transmission of spiritual teachings.
  • Education of Tibetan culture in all its strands of knowledge.
  • Construction of primary and secondary schools, nursing homes, medical clinics, universities and research centers, monastic institutes and retreat centers, in order to help those who practice and those who show interest in this millennial culture.
  • Restoration, preservation and translation of ancient Tibetan texts with significant historic, scientific, and spiritual value; construction of a library in order to harbour the collection of rare manuscripts collected by Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche.
  • Conservation and restoration of works of art; rehabilitation and requalification of scholarly buildings and sacred Buddhist monuments; construction of Stupas as a means to promote universal peace.

Due to the KRF's efforts, the following Masters have taught in Portugal: H. H. the Dalai Lama (2001 and 2007), Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, Kyabje Tenga Rinpoche, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche, Rangdröl Rinpoche, Rabjam Rinpoche and Mingyur Rinpoche.

Second visit of H. H. Dalai Lama to Portugal in 2007.
Teachings in the University of Lisbon and Public Conference in the Atlantic Pavillion.

Siddhartha Program

The funds collected by this project contribute to the basic necessities of children in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet in terms of shelter, education, clothing, hygiene and medical support.
Communication Project

This is an ongoing project whose aim is to record the teachings of all the teachers invited by the Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation. The main goal is the creation of a digital library that will become available to current and future generations.
Covão de Águia (Serra de Monchique) Project
It is with great joy that we inform you that the first stage of the construction of the Covão da Águia Project, in Monchique, Portugal, is now over and the first retreat rooms are now available.

According to Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, President of KRF, the aim of the Foundation in Covão da Águia is the following:

  • An area of Retreat Spaces where everyone can come to spend some time, restore energies, do personal investigation, introspection, and enjoy this calm and incredible place.
  • A Conference Hall, where scientists from all over the world, related to "Mind and Life", can come; a place of investigation and permanent dialogue.
  • A place where elderly people or those who are mentally tired, or “burn out” from excess work, stress, or any other reason, can come and where we can help them recover.
  • A place where young people can come to become aware of the environment
  • And to rehabilitate the forest, restore the 13 springs, in order to create an environment that is self-sustained, with water, renewable energies, biological farming, etc.
The Covão da Águia will be developed in 3 phases:
  • In phase 1, we are rebuilding the "Entrance House", to make the first 10 retreat rooms, with kitchen, living room and bathrooms. This phase also includes the recovery of the path that connects Ama-la's house to the "Middle Ruins".
  • We are already working on the projects of the 2nd phase, the "Middle Ruins" area, which includes the construction of the Conference Hall and Temple, and 80 more retreat rooms. We plan to submit these projects to the Monchique City Hall during 2014.
  • The 3rd phase, the reconstruction of the remaining ruins, will be done later.
How can you participate? Although phase 1 has already started, your contribution is crucial for its successful completion.

There are two ways to participate:

  1. By sending your donation to KRF by bank transfer to the bank account that has been created exclusively for this project:

    NIB : 0061.0050.00569348500.86
    IBAN : PT.50.0061.0050.00569348500.86

  2. By becoming one of the Initial Sponsors, entitled to free lifetime utilisation of the rooms. To learn more on how to become an Initial Sponsor please contact us.
Learn more about the place and the project through the words of Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche and Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche.
Center of Support for the Homeless (C.A.S.A. – Centro de Apoio aos Sem Abrigo)

This ongoing project offers hot meals (breakfast and dinner) daily in many cities of Portugal. In September 2013, C.A.S.A. is distributing over 2000 hot meals daily around the country to those in need. It also provides clothes and other essentials to the homeless, such as access to better hygiene and medical and legal assistance to those in need.
Promotion of Inter-Religious Dialogue

Second visit of H. H. Dalai Lama to Portugal, in 2007.
Inter-religious meeting in Lisbon's Mosque.

In the aftermath of the visits of H. H. the Dalai Lama, in which there was great emphasis on inter-religious meetings, the KRF has undertaken the mission of maintaining this spirit of openness to all universal religious confessions.
Promotion of Seminars, Symposiums and Expositions

Under the patronage of the KRF, during the second visit of H. H. the Dalai Lama to Portugal in 2007, conferences were held at the University of Lisbon and an exhibit featuring Tibetan architecture was presented at the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon.
Meetings with Youths on Peace and the Environment

The responsible and humane education of youths constitutes an imperative of modern society. This is an activity for which the KRF provides significant support.
Animal Protection

The KRF supports animal shelter associations such as the Associação Animais de Rua (Street Animal Association) and Associação dos Amigos dos Animais de Santa Maria da Feira (Santa Maria da Feira Friends of Animals Association).
© Kangyur Rinpoche Foundation 2013