DK Ling children home
Our goal - Help provide an environment of love and compassion
Our belief in the Buddhist principles has let to the confirmation to dedicate all our efforts to spreading the dharma and benefiting our fellow-beings. With the initiation of our children home we want to offer to underprivileged Nepalese children a double chance of a life without material destitution and with spiritual richness. We house children from low-income families, orphans and semi-orphans who have no prospect of education who have already experienced extreme hardship during their short lives to ensure both their academic education and spiritual development.
The majority of our children are victims of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015 whose homes have been destroyed and families left with no means to take adeqaute care of their needs. Now we take care that all children will be made familiar with the value of a peaceful togetherness, gratefulness and respect to all life on this planet. They will be risen in accordance with our principles to develop their own content personality and independent thinking, and given the directions towards the path of freedom from suffering. Still, they shall maintain their independence and therefore also attend a public school where they can study mathematics, foreign languages and sciences and gain the prospective to make their own living in the future.
All our children stay at the facilities of the Drupgni Khading Ling foundation until they have completed twelve years of regular school education and gained their SLC (school leaving certificate), or until after their 18th birthday they decide to leave DK Ling. Former students of Drupgni Khading Ling are invited to stay with us and begin the life of ordained monks, but also encouraged to find and go their own way.
Students get their accommodation, food, clothing, health care and education for free. They have no obligation to pay anything back to Drupgni Khading Ling, and are not forced or persuaded to stay against their will.
We hope to serve our children the best way we can and direct them to a happy life. Please help us realise our vision!
Future prospective of Nepalese Youths
Life is tough for many children in Nepal. Long days of physical work in remote villages, responsibility to look after younger brothers and sisters, often no education above primary level and little leisure time for games and development of creativity. Still you will find most of them smiling, happy about the smallest pleasures of everyday life and unaware that another future is possible. But if you ask them, few would reply that they do not want to go to school, that they are not dreaming of living outside their villages and that they do not wish a life without the permanent struggle for enough food for themselves and their families.
Approximately 68% of Nepal's population are farmers, and for most the harvest is hardly enough to nourish their families. Though soils are fertile in Nepal, the lack of rainfall after the monsoon season (May to August) lets them dry out quickly and demands huge efforts on watering the crops. Erosion, landslides and pest infestations can cause disasters to the owners of affected land and lead to hunger and indebtedness. Due to the low job prospects even in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, many male family members leave the country searching for work abroad. Often they end up in inhuman labor conditions in conflict areas like the Gulf States, get poorly paid and may never return to their families.
Political instability in Nepal since the abolition of the Shah-monarchy has been frequently impairing governmental efforts to tackle the country's backward economy; and little improvement is to be expected during the next decade. Education is still the only means of escaping poverty, facilitating young people an employment in the Tourist business, Nepal's only booming industrial sector, or even the access to college and university and the opportunity to go abroad as a skilled worker.
A spiritually rich country
Religious conduct is an inherent part of Nepalese culture. About 80% are Hindus, 9% Buddhists and the rest Christians, Muslims or others. Though the chief of the states have traditionally been Hindus promoting their own religion in the country, the impact of Buddhism can not be denied. In fact, in the geographical center of today's secular Nepal Buddhism and Hinduism have become so much intermixed with each other that it is nowadays impossible to make a clear distinction to which religion many practices and rituals of worship belong. Due to historical reasons the plain South has almost completely adapted the Hinduism spread from India whereas in the Tibet bordering North Buddhism has prevailed. Inside Buddhist monasteries however, Tibetan Buddhist tradition is preserved and - officially- kept away from Hindu influences.
Though Buddhism is usually entitled a religion, Buddhist practitioners would rather refer to it as an attitude towards life and especially a way of training one's mind to achieve enduring happiness. Buddhists believe in the dharma, the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni, a historical figure born in the ancient Kappilavastu (today's Lumbini in Nepal). As the son of a king he renounced all worldly affections, and inspired by the perception of the suffering of all sentient beings began his quest of the ultimate truth, or enlightenment.
He achieved a deep realization of the true nature of all phenomena and taught his first disciples the four noble truths: the existence of suffering, the causes of suffering, the possibility to escape suffering and the path to liberation. The essence of Buddhist practice is meditation, a way of contemplating thoughts, calming the mind and cultivating positive attitudes; and a peaceful and compassionate behaviour the consequence and support for it.
Religious rites, offerings and prayers to gods and goddesses have become part of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions when the original teachings were adopted by followers of ancient local religons and have prevailed until today. Still, in order to follow the path of the Buddha (enlightened one) no religious conduct is necessary. With an honest intention and great compassion about the suffering of all beings on this planet everyone can follow the dharma, and everyone has the potential to achieve the deepest realization.
Benefits of Buddhist spiritual training
Though most of us will not achieve enlightenment in this lifetime and may doubt their rebirth in another body, a Buddhist education and meditation still help to develop inner balance and acceptance of all obstacles in life and maintain a compassionate and peaceful attitude. With the understanding that all matters in our world are interconnected we loose our mere concern for ourselves, begin to rejoice about the happiness of others and complain less about our own sufferings.