About Us

About Us


Ama la and ChildWe believe the course of individual lives and of the world can be profoundly improved through the active practice of love and compassion. We strive to apply these principles to everything we do.

What is Jhamtse Gatsal?

Jhamtse Gatsal (jhaam’-tsay gah’-tsal) is Tibetan for “garden of love and compassion.”

The Jhamtse Gatsal campus.It is a community, a school, and a home for about 90 children ranging in age from toddler to adolescent. Jhamtse Gatsal lies in the district of Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, India, and the children come from nearby villages. Each of these children has a background of adversity. Our driving goal is to provide these children with better lives, helping them to achieve their fullest potential.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help the neediest children of the remote villages of the Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh, India and be a model community for the region.

Our Values

All that we do at Jhamtse Gatsal Children’s Community is encompassed within our three pillars:

Intelligent Mind
Education – Develop the children’s mind’s with a quality 21st century education.
Cultural Preservation – Teach the children to preserve their Monpa and Tibetan cultures.

Kind Heart
Families – Create a safe, loving environment so the children build trusting relationships.
Community Outreach – Teach the children compassion by helping villages in the region.

Healthy Body
Food & Gardening – Provide nutritious food, to live strong, healthy lives.
Healthcare – Teach healthy practices and give the children medical and dental care.
Sustainable Living – Build a healthy community through clean energy and recycling.

Our Story

Lobsang teachingLobsang Phuntsok, a Buddhist monk from the Tawang District of Arunachal Pradesh, India, long dreamed of helping to serve the needs of the remote Himalayan region where he was born.

Lobsang envisioned an educational Community where at-risk children from these impoverished villages could thrive and learn in an environment founded on the principles of love, compassion, and wisdom which were at the core of his own Buddhist upbringing. His inspiration was to share the blessings of education and the opportunities he had received during his experience growing up at Sera Je Monastery in southern India and his travels around the world.

Lobsang Phuntsok, JGCC founderLobsang’s dream was realized when Jhamtse Gatsal opened its doors in 2006, welcoming 34 of the most at-risk children from local villages, three teachers, two housemothers, and three support staff.

Today, Jhamtse Gatsal is a vibrant thriving Community sustained by a dedicated staff. We have a dream for the Community and its facilities to continue to grow, adding a new class of students each year, until we have about 200 students from grades K-12. We have already had a positive influence on the surrounding villages through our Community Outreach program as we increasingly model and teach self-sufficiency and sustainability at a village scale.