The Bon Future Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that was specifically created in 2005 to provide higher education for indigenous Bon girls and boys who as a result of the Chinese invasion, are now living in exile in India and Nepal. Many of these children are orphaned. Many come from families with only one parent remaining. Many, out of a profound act of love, have been placed in the care of the monastery by a parent to insure the child's safety, and any chance for a future. All of these children find their way to the Menri Monastery via a kind traveler, monk, or relative often never seeing their family of origin again.
Under the auspicious guidance of His Holiness Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima 33rd Abbot of Menri, and of all the Bon people worldwide, The Menri Monastery in India, has become the center for the preservation of Bon in its' entirety with education at the fulcrum. Many great improvements have been accomplished since 1967, when the monastery and the surrounding village were recognized and became a registered settlement with the Indian Government. With the help of the 14th Dalai Lama and the Indian Government, a school was created to provide education for the children at the monastery and the surrounding village, up to the tenth grade. After the 10th grade, all children at the monastery and surrounding village make a decision to become a monk or nun or leave monastic life for the outside world. Without the necessary funding, these children do not have the opportunity for further schooling beyond their 10th grade. With financial resources, they can fulfill their destiny to become the weavers and teachers, monks and nuns, artists and doctors who provide the basis for a sustainable community, contributing to a whole world ever in need of hope for the future.
The Bon Future Fund provides financial assistance to eligible students to earn a degree or trade. Selection criteria for funds to be dispersed are:
Several examples of higher education opportunities for Bon students are:
You can ensure that a Bon child is able to enjoy a higher education and contribute to the cultural survival of the Bon as a whole by partnering with the Bon Future Fund through a number of creative means.