Dear Friends and Family of KTC,
As you may know, for the last few years, KTC’s financial resources have been focused on repayment of the bank loan that enabled us to complete the Maitreya Center in time for the 2016 North American Kagyu Monlam. The monlam was a great success, and the Maitreya Center has continued to host a number of very auspicious events since then, and the bank loan has finally been paid off in full.
So first, we would like to extend our utmost gratitude to all of you whose generosity made the loan repayment possible. We could not have done it without you.
During this period, a number of essential projects have been put on hold -- some quite urgent – and we now need to turn our attention toward essential repairs and upgrades. For that reason, we are again asking for your help. The monastery houses and supports approximately a dozen nuns and monks, including the three-year retreatants who will be emerging from the ninth cycle of retreat early next year. Our local community and extended sangha also depend on KTC and its facilities, and we aspire as well that all sentient beings benefit from our study, contemplation, meditation, and dharma activity as we strive toward awakening for all.
The total projected cost of needed repairs and upgrades to KTC’s infrastructure is $207,000. We are extemely fortunate that two generous donors will match all donations up to $100,000, so that each dollar you donate is doubled in value. Below is a brief synopsis of the projects that will be funded by your generosity, and more information, along with sponsorship and donor gift opportunities, can be found in our Matching Challenge brochure and online at www.maitreyacenter.com/donate/mc
Stupa Restoration, $20,000
Seventeen years of wind and weather from the Hudson River have damaged the stupa’s stucco and paint. Please join us in restoring it to its original pristine condition.
Original Building repairs and improvements: a labor of love, $87,000
On a shoestring budget but with a lot of elbow grease, in the early days of KTC we slowly turned a small, one-story factory into a two-story monastic residence graced with a beautiful shrine room. While the original house is very blessed and has served our community well, it is now over 40 years old and in need of a new roof over the shrine room, a new dining room floor, and an upgraded kitchen fire suppression system.
Communications Expansion: serving our community in the live-streaming age, $30,000
Several media improvements are also necessary, including a new user friendly website that is already underway, and audio/visual system improvements to better record and share our events.
Maitreya Center, $50,000
To ensure the well-being of all our residents and visitors, we need to upgrade our sprinkler and fire safety systems and install security hardware in the MC.
Three-Year Retreats: keeping the lights on, $20,000
New generators are needed for the retreat houses to keep the lights and fridges on during power outages
Thank you for helping us continue to improve and grow. Together we can benefit beings for many years to come.
The KTC Fundraising Committee
P.S. Watch for updates about new programs at KTC and the Sukhavati Columbarium.
You can give to our general Matching Challenge fund or choose one of the specific donor options. To submit names for prayer requests with your donation, please see below.
2019 Matching Challenge
Donate online by entering any amount below and clicking “add to cart.” You do not need to have a PayPal account, you can donate as a guest using a major credit card.
Donate by mail or fax using this donation form. Mail your donation and completed form to:
KTC Monastery, Attn Office, 245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Checks should be made out to “KTC,” with “Capital Campaign” on the memo line.
You may submit names of living and deceased friends, family, and loved ones for dedication prayers. We will arrange to have your list of names blessed at the annual Kagyu Monlam (prayer festival) in Bodh Gaya, India, which is attended by the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and about 5,000 monks and nuns; and at Korche and Kala Rongo monasteries in Tibet, which house 200 monks in the monastic college and 300 nuns, respectively.