Supporting the Monasteries, Nunneries, and Humanitarian Projects of Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche


Be calm, kind, and clear. This is the most valuable thing we human beings can learn, train in and master. To be happy and live in harmony, liberate our minds and free others, this is my deep wish. This is why I take care of monks and nuns. This is why I share the precious teachings with people from all countries.

—Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche

Shedrub Development Fund (SDF) was established by Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche in 2005 to support his monasteries and nunneries in Nepal. SDF’s role became particularly important after the earthquake in Nepal in 2015 destroyed most of the buildings in the monasteries and nunneries.

Our primary focus then became raising and providing funding for new housing, a new enlarged temple, retreat facilities and healthcare needs for the more than 800 monks and nuns. SDF is committed to providing our monastic sangha the opportunity to fully engage on their path of Dharma study and practice for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Since its founding, SDF has provided over USD 5 million in funding for more than 60 projects. We allocate funds raised based upon grant proposals submitted from project coordinators on the ground and work in partnership with volunteers at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery and local organizations to bring about meaningful and sustainable change in support of Dharma activities.

A Board of Directors oversees the management of the Fund. The current Board members are Tom Lesser (President), Jack deTar, Michele Nevarez, Shireen Patell, and Stephen Estelle.

An Advisory Board provides guidance on the growth, management and use of the Fund and helps promote its purposes. Its current members are Richard Gere and Daniel Goleman.

If you would like to volunteer or get more involved with SDF, please contact us.