Helping Those "Priced Out" of Dharma


Some in the Dharma community live close to a teacher or center. They're very fortunate. But for others, to receive empowerments, teachings and forge that all important link with a lama requires a plane ticket, lodging, a rental car, etc. . . . on top of retreat costs! 

It's troubled me for a long time that many are ‘priced out’ of the Dharma. We’ve all heard stories of just barely being able to make those critical connections. I've lived this experience myself and no doubt, some of you have as well. 

Cyber Dharma goes a long way in dissolving the distance and much of the expense. I‘m very happy to see Jnanasukha and others exploring this new frontier. It brings Dharma and Sangha within reach. Still, the problem remains. There are those occasions and events when you simply have to be physically present.    

This is why I like being part of Jnanasukha's Scholarship Program. I say “part” because most of the weight is carried by our generous donors. 

Jnanasukha scholarships have supported three-year retreatants, sent a single parent to their first retreat in ‘years’, assisted monastics and, helped others make ends meet in order to receive vital Dharma instruction.

Scholarships are awarded semiannually. This Spring, we awarded four and I anticipate being able to do the same in the Fall. The next application period opens September 15 and runs through October 31. To learn more about our scholarships, please go to:

Rikzin Smith
Jnanasukha Scholarship Admin

Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo

Lama Dechen Yeshe Wangmo, Hawaii

Lineage lama of the Dudjom Dakini Heart Essence, founder of Jnanasukha Foundation.