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indsendt 09/01/2012 05.24 af Kaj Hansen [ opdateret 09/01/2012 14.23 ]
mandag, januar 09, 2012
On behalf of everyone at Gomde, we would like to wish you a very happy new year.
This year many of us had the fortune of celebrating New Year at Gomde together with Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and all the participants in the winter retreat. This was a very special time for all of us to deepen our practice and understanding of the Dharma and we thank Rinpoche and all of you for making this possible. We already look forward to the next gathering.
With the beginning of a new year, we would like to give you a brief overview of the financial prospects for Gomde in 2012. In the past year many of you contributed to Gomde by participating in seminars and retreats, and through your gifts of individual and monthly donations, as well as many volunteer activities.
Acknowledging your generosity we wish to share, not only the spiritual plans for our retreat center, but also the financial developments. We have therefore posted 2012 operating budgets for our two properties, Tornbjerggaard and Strandgaarden at this blog below.
There you can find the projected income and expenses for maintaining our two properties and their many retreats and seminars in the coming year. Please take a minute to look at these budgets as they relate to all of us. Please also let us know if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions by writing to email@example.com
As you can see, the two budget projections break even, more or less, when combined.
However, for this projection to become reality, we all must contribute with our positive energy. There are many unknown factors in these budgets and it is especially hard to forecast the number of participants at the various events. In particular, the budget for Strandgaarden is based on 80 days of rental with a minimum of 10 guests per day. For the first year of running since we renovated this property, this is a very ambitious goal and whether it is even possible, remains to be seen.
On the other hand, if we are to succeed in keeping Strandgaarden past 2012, we do need guests for at least 80 days. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche mentioned several times that our two properties are like Yin and Yang and can benefit each other greatly. So we should all do everything we can to keep both properties for the future.
Moreover, currently Gomde has a combined mortgage on the two properties of 3.6 million Danish kroner and every year we must pay the bank 280,000 kroner in interest alone. To ensure the stability of Gomde in the years ahead, we must strive to pay back these loans quickly.
So, in short, we look towards the coming year with a great deal of hope and optimism, but also with an understanding that it will take a big effort on everyone's part to emerge successfully from this coming year. For that to, there are four specific ways where Gomde needs your help:
1. Spread the word.
Tell your friends, family, and colleagues about Gomde and our programs. The Dharma is for everyone - but people need to know about our many retreats and seminars in order to benefit from them.
2. Book Strandgaarden for your next holiday or seminar.
In our freshly renovated beachfront property you will find the perfect place for relaxation, inspiration, and creativity. Visit Strandgaarden at: www.strandgaarden.org or on Facebook. And remember to tell your friends.
3. Come and join us.
Having two properties is a lot of fun - but also a lot of work. Every year Gomde is forced to hire help to complete all necessary tasks. But if we join hands as a community and each offer a couple of days per year of our time, we can save a lot of money. Those funds can then be used to develop Gomde further and ensure the future of our beautiful retreat land. When you come to help at Gomde, your room and board is always free. When you come to help, please call our caretaker, Knud Wienand (86356835).
4. Become a benefactor.
Currently, Gomde has a community of approximately 30 sponsors who each donate between 50 and 500 kroner per month. If you are able, please consider making a monthly donation to Gomde. All monthly donations are directed to paying the mortgage, so by making a monthly gift, you directly ensure a place for the Dharma in Denmark. Please direct donations to Rangdjung Yeshe Fonden: Reg. no. 6810. Account no. 1334941.
Also, please do not forget to think of Gomde as your place. The beautiful Buddha, the quiet lakes, the rolling hills and the pristine beach all belong to you - and everyone else, of course :-)
When we work together, we can accomplish great things in service of the Dharma.
Wishing you all success, health, and happiness for 2012!
The Board at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde
Tornbjerggaard - Budget for 2012
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche seminar
Tsoknyi Rinpoche seminar
Erik Pema Kunsang retreats
Antonia Sumbhundu seminar
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
Phakchok Rinpoche retreat
Lama Tenzin Easter Retreat
Individual retreats and rental
EU farming subsidy
Heat and electricity
Property tax, insurance, garbage
Travel cost for teachers
Other seminar expenses
Admin, repair, and cleaning salaries
Accountant and lawyer fees
New garden tractor
Office equipment, postage, telephone, internet
Expected Result for Tornbjerggaard in 2012: profit of 112.000 kroner
Strandgaarden - Budget for 2012
Rental during large Gomde seminars
External seminars (based on 60 days)
Salaries for admin, cleaning, and garden work
Property tax, insurance, garbage
Heat, electricity and water
Repair and maintenance
Phone and internet
Expected Result for Strandgaarden in 2012: - 32.000 kroner
We are excited that Rinpoche will soon be here in Denmark to
teach on the nature of mind. Preparations for the seminar are well underway and
currently more than ninety people have signed up. There are still a few more
spaces before we reach our limit of 108 participants. So do make sure to make
your booking on Gomde's homepage soon if you plan to attend.
In the coming year lots of seminars will take place at
Gomde. Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche (early July), Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche (TBA)
Khandro Rinpoche (TBA), Tsoknyi Rinpoche (Oct. 15-21), Phakchok Rinpoche (Oct.
22-27), and Lama Tenzin (Mar. 31–Apr. 9) will all visit Gomde in 2012 and share
their wisdom with us.
Our resident dharma teacher, Erik Pema Kunsang, will
continue his guided retreats and dharma seminars throughout the year,
presenting the Dharma in his characteristic straightforward, humorous and
insightful style. We look forward to a year ful
l of exciting opportunities at Gomde. Further details will
soon be available at our website.
This month an application was sent to the local government
requesting formal recognition of Gomde as a Buddhist retreat center. If
approved, our Sangha will be able to improve and expand the existing facilities
at Gomde and open our doors to the public as the first officially recognized
Buddhist retreat center in this region. We hope to have this application
approved by the fall 2012. Please support this process with lots of good
As many of you know, since 2002 Gomde has owned the neighboring
farm, Strandgaarden - an idyllic, waterfront property right next to the
original retreat land. This summer Rinpoche shared his vision of this unique
place as a Sangha holiday resort and conference center. Since August we have
been busy renovating Strandgaarden to fulfill Rinpoche's vision and this
December the place will be ready for everyone to enjoy.
Gomde is for everyone and belongs to everyone. The more we
are, the more we can achieve. If you would like to be involved, to help ensure
that the Dharma is kept alive right now and in the future, please join us. If
you have a skill, an idea, or a vision for the Dharma that you would like to
share, you can contact us at Sangha Forum on this homepage or visit us at
Facebook, send us a mail, or drop by to chat.
With best wishes,
Everyone at Rangjung Yeshe Gomde
Dear SanghaThe association, Rangjung Yeshe Sangha, now call for us to pay the quota for 2012 before New Year. Bank and Paypal information available under “membership” on the website: www.rangjungyeshe.dk The quota for a year is 50, - Danish kroner. We apologies to those who already have paid subscription for 2012.Latest news from the association is that we have sent the application for approval of the association as a religious community. So hopefully we will soon be approved.LoveThe board of the association
A brand new sangha forum is now available on-line. The forum will be open to members of the Danish Rangjung Yeshe Sangha.
This is just to let you all know that the major areas of the web are being translated to English.
This news section will be used for more speedy updates - so there is a risk that there will not always be a matching translated news item. You can get the gist of the Danish news by using Google Translate.