Making offerings and supporting Sangha is a great way to accumulate extensive merit and helps keep Buddhist teachings alive by giving aid to those who are striving to practice it in a very conscientious manner.
If there are those who would like to support monastics, but are unsure how, here are a few suggestions.
Sera Je Food Fund
Started by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the project Sera Je Food Fund provides 3 daily meals to over 2600 monks living at Sera Je monastery.
Tibetan Nuns Project
The Tibetan Nuns Project has been active for over 2 decades, and supports over 700 nuns who are refugees in India and the Himalayan region. It helps in providing things like medical care, education, and support for empowering female monastics.
Universal Compassion Movement – Sponsor a Monk
Our main focus as a movement is to ease the suffering of those helpless animals who are slaughtered for meat, ritual sacrifice, the cruel sport of hunting, or are abused in farms and industries and wherever they may suffer. The long-range goals of UCM are global concerns, such as promoting world peace, interfaith harmony, protection and conservation of the environment, “the mother earth” giving a helping hand to destitute children in their education and any such programmes of necessary assistance, who would otherwise be left suffering great difficulties in their struggles to survive.
We undertake this mission from the inspiration of the Compassionate teachings of the Buddha Shakya Muni through H.H. The Dalai Lama, as well as our own experience from the way we live our lives. It is our hope that their blessings and inspiration will help fuel this movement to spread throughout the world, and to overcome whatever obstacles may arise on the noble path.
In addition to helping spread his message of peace, Geshe Phelgye also helps sponsor monks from his monastery, Sera Je. By sponsoring a monk, you can help them get medical treatment and help them get the educational materials they need for their demanding education. The monks are of all ages, and are often refugees from the Himalayan region.