In 1995, Venerable Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche visited Mongolia with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. At the end of the visit His Holiness asked Ven. Rinpoche to stay, teach and help the Mongolian people. Since then Ven. Rinpoche has visited every summer.
Ven. Rinpoche’s charitable projects benefit hundreds of people now suffering as a result of ever increasing poverty since the collapse of the Soviet Union. He visits the prisons, orphanages and schools.
In 2001, Ven. Rinpoche formed Asral NGO to help both individuals and communities. Later on he formed Maitreya Charity in the USA to allow people support the Asral Projects from there. If you would like to donate or to get more information, please click on the logos here.
Remember, in Ireland donations of €21 per month, or €250 in a year are eligible for tax relief (i.e. if you are paying tax at the higher rate, €250 is actually worth €423 to us – at no extra cost to you).
Additionally, Ven. Rinpoche has initiated a successful craft enterprise ‘Made in Mongolia’ (MIM) where local people harness traditional felt-making techniques to produce high quality crafts and clothing items. It is a Fair Trade and non-profit initiative and all profits support the wider community through Asral’s social welfare activities. Its products are now sold in Ireland, the UK, the USA, Japan and New Zealand.