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