The David R. Shlim Matching Fund
A Meaningful Life
Dr. David Shlim lives and practices in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is the President of the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM). From 1983 to 1998, he was the Medical Director of the busiest destination travel medicine clinic in the world: The CIWEC Clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal. During his time in Nepal, David discovered Buddhism and became the personal physician to Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, with whom he studied for many years. Today David is a devoted and long-time student of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s son, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche.
A Life-Changing Event
Last year David suffered a massive heart attack while skiing in the remote backcounty near his home in Wyomng. He writes,”…For nearly two hours I lay in the snow, in sub-zero temperatures, with chest pain and extreme shortness of breath, knowing that I could die any second, and felt…an extraordinary calm. When I realized that this could be the end of my life, I thought about my teachings and my teacher, and had a vision of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche that was extraordinarily reassuring…”
An Inspired Aspiration
After his near-death experience, and inspired by his realization of the incredible blessings that he has been given in this life by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Chokyi Nyima Rinpche, David decided to help fulfill his teacher’s wish to construct a large monastery the birthplace of the Buddha, in Lumbini, Nepal. Construction of the temple is already underway and recently, David visited the site. “It is far more massive than I had imagined—the main prayer hall is reminiscent of the multi-pillared great prayer halls in Tibet…As I stood there, I was filled with a desire to help bring this vision to fruition.”
A Generous Offer
With a wish to inspire others, and the determination to help fulfill Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s dream, David has generously offered a $100,000 matching gift fund to help finish construction of the Thousand Buddha Temple in Lumbini. Through this fund, any donation made to the Lumbini Temple project will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, by the David R. Shlim Matching Fund.
How We Can All Benefit
The opportunity to be part of the construction of a monastery at the birthplace of the Buddha, is a precious one – but the opportunity to have your donation matched is even more rare. Every dollar that you give becomes two dollars, every $100 becomes $200, every $1,000 becomes $2,000. With your financial support, matched by the David R Shlim Matching Fund, we can move the Lumbini Temple project swiftly to completion, benefitting countless beings, both Buddhist and non-Buddhists, for years to come.
For any gift of $500 or more that you make before 13th November, 2014 (Lha Bab Duchen – the day that celebrates Shakyamuni Buddha’s descent from Tushita Heaven) you will be sent a Shakyamuni Buddha amulet, from Lumbini Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha, blessed by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche.