Gyaltsen is at the airport in California beginning his journey to India to work on the Saboo Village Youth Hostel.
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Our mission statement is to provide shelter, food, clothing, medical care, and educational needs to those children who suffer from extreme poverty worldwide.
Our goal is to build a youth hostel in the Saboo Village of Leh Ladhak in northern India. This will be a sanctuary for children of disadvantaged nomadic families who live a great distance away from Leh Ladhak. Nomadic families live in a different manner than most families living in western society or close to any big city. We trust that this project will ensure these children get a quality education, have appropriate clothing, and have a well-balanced diet, at no cost to their families.
Geshe Jamyang Tashi - President - Geshe Jamyang Tashi is from Serajey Ngari Khangtsen and was born in 1972 at Thiksey Village Ladakh. At the age of 13, Geshe Jamyang Tashi became a monk in the Thiksey Monastery. He received novice ordination from H.E. Thiksey Rinpoche Ngawang Jamyang Jampa Tenzin. In 1986-1989, Geshe Jamyang Tashi joined the Sera Jey Monastery and studied in Sera Jey School. In 1990, he started studying Buddhist philosophy and debate. It took 21 years for Geshe Jamyang Tashi to become a Geshe Lharampa with the first division. In 2011, he got his Geshe Lharampa degree (Doctorate in Buddhist studies) from Gelugpa University. From 2011-2012, he studied at the Gyoto Tantric College and received a PhD in Tantric with the first division. Geshe Jamyang Tashi got his Gelong vows from His Holiness (H.H.) Dalai Lama. He also got many Dharma teachings of Sutra and Tantra. In 2014, Geshe Jamyang Tashi got the opportunity to become the head of discipline of the Kalachakra teaching given by H.H. Dalai Lama in Ladakh. In 2016, he was the teacher in Ladakh Yarchoe Chenpo. From 2014-2017, he was in Head of Education Board and Senior Board Examination. Geshe Jamyang Tashi has taught in the Saboo Village for 5 years and provided lamrim teachings. As a thank you, the people of Ladakhi donated a large portion of land that he wants to use for the establishment of the youth hostel.
Gelong Gyaltsen Logsang - Vice President - Gyaltsen Lobsang is originally from Anchorage, Alaska and now resides in San Francisco. In 1998, Rich joined the United States Air Force (USAF) and was trained as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Mechanic. In 2001, he was deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom. In 2003, he was honorably discharged from the USAF for medical reasons. From 2003-2010, these medical issues prevented him from being able to hold down a job, which left him homeless and addicted to drugs. During the summer of 2010, he was able to get into a Military Veterans Rehabilitation Program and pulled his life back together. For several years, Rich envisioned being a Buddhist monk. In 1981, he remembers seeing His Holiness, the Great 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, when he was on television in Madison, Wisconsin. In June 2014, he took novice vows from the 104th Gaden Tri Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin. Shortly after taking his novice vows, Rich had the privilege of meeting Geshe Jamyang Tashi via Facebook. Since that time, he has lived with Geshe-la in his home in India and in the Village of Thiksey. In January 2018 in Bodhgaya, Rich was able to take full ordination vows from the Great 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. His first trip to India was to see if he would be able to live at Sera Jey monastery in order for him to study and live with his teacher, Geshe Jamyang Tashi. In 2017, Rich and Geshe-la stayed in a Thiksey village for 2 months. This was the first time that Geshe-la had introduced the notion of the Saboo Village Youth Hostel project to Rich and showed him the land the people of the village had gave to Geshe-la in return for all the teachings he had performed. Geshe-la had no personal use for the land, but the people of the Saboo Village indicated a youth hostel would be most beneficial to them. Rich is dedicated to seeing this project through to the end and even though he is a disabled military veteran, he has decided to move to India and live with Geshe-la and getting the ground broke for the foundation. This way we can begin the building process.
Sara Irwin - Secretary - Sara is from Warren, Ohio, but currently lives in Virginia. She is a proud spouse of a retired military U.S. Navy Veteran. She has a dual Master of Arts degrees in Behavioral Medicine and Health Psychology. She worked for over 11 years on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Liaison; however, she became ill and was unable to continue the grueling demands of her Congressional job and had to retire from Federal service. Over the next several years she worked with several rescue organizations and helped rehome many furry creatures. Until one day when she met a very funny Monk who was set out on a mission to build a youth hostile??? She had no idea what that was, but with her “I want to help” attitude, she contacted this “Monk” again and gained more knowledge about the project and before long she was all in and asking the 5 “W” questions and getting the project on track. Today she has become good friend with her Monk (Gyaltsen Lobsang) and works closely with him to get the ground breaking of the youth hostile possible for the winter of 2019.
Ray Irwin - Treasurer - Ray grew up in Arlington Heights, IL and joined the Navy in 1990. He participated in both the first and second Gulf war, and did many deployments with the Navy in his 20 years. Ray retired as a Petty Officer First Class in July 2010. He first worked for the Navy as a civilian for about a year then moved over to the Department of Energy. He currently works in the Office of Science in Washington, DC as the Executive Assistant to the Director of Science. Ray met his wife back in 1998 got married in March of 1999 and moved her to Iceland for 3 ½ years before returning to the states and living in our current location of Northern Virginia. He enjoys reading, movies, and games. Joined the organization as the Treasurer after talking to both Rich and his wife Sara.
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