Appeal for help with elderly monks

We have previously posted information about the good work that is being done by Ven Amilasiri in looking after elderly monks at his monastery near Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. They now care for about 45 elderly monks, who have nowhere else to go.

Unfortunately, the monastery is now threatened, as the adjacent plot of land, from which they have taken their water supply, is being sold. They urgently need to raise funds for buying the land so they can secure their water supply long term.

Information on the situation is in the pdf file here. The plight of the monastery is being highlighted by the Buddhist Relief Mission, run by Kenneth and Visakha Kawasaki. (You may remember Visakha as a sometime contributor to this blog.)

Donations can be made through the website of Buddhist Relief Mission.

UPDATE: I have been informed by some of the supporters of the monastery that due to the kindness of donors, half of the necessary funds have been raised, and they now need about 6 lakhs. (Sorry, I don’t know the conversion!) Thanks to everyone for their support, and I hope the full amount can be reached soon.

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17 thoughts on “Appeal for help with elderly monks

  1. …honestly Ajahn Sujato one of your students had to clean up a bit of urine off a toilet seat….once !and all you seem to care about are kids with cancer, the issue of nuns being sexually abused and the fact that over 40 elderly monks may be about to end up homeless…. I mean really.

  2. Thank you Ajahn for posting that here. I am following the situation since learning of it on facebook. I was hoping to see more done that I could myself. I’ll post an announcement in my groups as well. thank you.

  3. As of August 24th, BRM has received more than US$6000 from ten countries. We know that other groups are also working hard for this. Sadhu! Sadhu!! Sadhu!!!

  4. Dear Friends and Donors,

    We are happy to report that Buddhist Relief Mission has received donations for water relief for Bodhirukarama Vihara from Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, the UK, and the USA. These donations have totaled eight thousand eight hundred eighty dollars ($8880). With lawyers’ fees, the total cost is twelve thousand dollars ($12,000). Thus, 74% of the total has been collected. We still need only three thousand one hundred twenty dollars ($3120) more.

    Ven. Amilasiri has met with the owner of the land and has effected a transaction so that the deed is now in the name of the Vihara. The owner has agreed to defer payment of the balance for one month. Therefore, we have a little more time to continue collecting funds. Ven. Amilasiri is very relieved. We feel confident that donations will continue coming in and that the total amount can be provided by the new deadline.

    Thank you very much for your generosity and compassion.

    Sadhu! Sadhu!! Sadhu!!!

    With metta,
    Ken and Visakha Kawasaki
    Buddhist Relief Mission

    Please visit our websites:
    Buddhist Relief Mission
    Sri Lanka Reports:

  5. Not being heedless to an appeal for help to support the elderly monks, i’ve donated with the good mind that may they be well and happy.

    Hope this will likewise inspire good hearted people not to be heedless to a sincere appeal.

  6. September 8th, 2011

    Dear Friends and Donors,

    In our recent update on the donations for water relief for Bodhirukarama Vihara, we mentioned lawyer’s fees. We were ourselves dismayed at this, but we reported what we had heard. We have since learned that the lawyer did indeed provide his service pro bono. The .$1000 extra was for taxes and registation.

    Here is a further update:

    We are happy to report that Buddhist Relief Mission has received donations from Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, the UK, and the USA. These donations have totaled eleven thousand one hundred dollars ($11,100). With taxes and registration fees, the total cost is twelve thousand dollars ($12,000). Thus, 93% of the total has been collected. We still need only nine hundred dollars ($900) more.

    Thank you very much for your generosity and compassion.

    Sadhu! Sadhu!! Sadhu!!!

    Ken and Visakha Kawasaki
    Buddhist Relief Mission

    Please visit our websites:
    Buddhist Relief Mission
    Sri Lanka Reports:

  7. Sincere thanks to Ven. Sujato for allowing space on this blog.

    Dear Friends and Donors,

    This is an update on our appeal for Water Relief for Bodhirukarama Vihara.

    We are happy to report that Buddhist Relief Mission has received donations from Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the UK, and the USA, amounting to the total necessary for securing the land for continued water.
    Ven. Amilasiri has asked us to attend a special ceremony finalizing the donation.
    We are aiming to have the ceremony in Kurunegala Oct. 16.
    We will let you know when it is definite,and.we will send photos.
    If we receive further donations, which is possible, they will also be given to the monastery to provide other needs.

    Sadhu! Sadhu!! Sadhu!!!

    With metta,
    Ken and Visakha Kawasaki
    Buddhist Relief Mission

    Please visit our websites:
    Buddhist Relief Mission
    Sri Lanka Reports:

  8. Dear Ken and Visakha,

    Thank you so much, that’s wonderful to hear! please keep us informed about Bodhirukarama, and convey my respects to Ven Amilasiri.

  9. Delighted to do that. We’re planning to go to Kurunegala with a group of devotees on October 30th for dana and to formally hand over the deeds and papers. If any donors would be able to join us, we’d be very glad. We will also post photos/video of the ceremony and showing the situation .

    In the Dhamma,
    Visakha and Ken

  10. …personally though if you don’t believe in the 8 guardammas, go to buddhism to find freedom not subserviance, don’t believe buddhism is about demeaning and dominating other women by men or women….. then I wouldn’t bother.

  11. Dear Friends,

    Last Sunday, October 30th, a group of us went to Kurunegala for a ceremony at Bodhirukaramaya Vihara, to present the deed for the land which secures the temple’s water supply. A new report, “Well, Well, Well!, November 1, 2011,” has been posted, which describes that day, with many photos.

    Much merit to all donors and well-wishers. Sadhu! Sadhu!! Sadhu!!!

    With metta,
    Visakha and Ken Kawasaki

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