KHORYUG (Environment in the Tibetan language) is the short form for the newly launched Rangjung Khoryug Sungkyob Tsokpa, a network of Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries which have jointly made the commitment to help protect the Himalayan region from environmental degradation.

KHORYUG was created by His Holiness, the Seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Thinley Dorje, during the 2nd Kagyu Conference on Environmental Protection in October 2009. On the occasion, His Holiness said:

In order to save the Himalayas and Tibet from the threats of deforestation, climate change, and pollution, we have to be full of courage and believe whole heartedly that this endeavor is winnable. The alternative is unthinkable.

He then suggested the name KHORYUG, a word that would remind everyone of what forms the basis of all life. He concluded by saying that Buddhist monasteries and centers that make commitments to protect the environment should feel that their projects are an evolution from enlightened aspiration to enlightened activity.

This website is designed to provide information and updates on the monastery projects within KHORGYUG as well as environment-related updates from His Holiness himself. We hope that the website is a useful resource for anyone looking for environmental solutions in the Himalayas and the Tibetan region.

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Day Five, 4th Khoryug Conference

Day Five, 4th Khoryug... by Dekila

4th Khoryug Conference Day Five Report 9th June, 2012 Monks and nuns gathered with great anticipation early in the morning to visit a brand new old people’s home that has been recently completed nearby at Bagli. Designed by Didi Contractor, a well...

Day Four, 4th Khoryug Conference

Day Four, 4th Khoryug... by Dekila

4th Khoryug Conference Day Four Report 8th June 2012 On the morning of Day Four, the conference fully transitioned into strategy building. The presentations were focused on kinds of strategies: emergency responses to earthquakes and fires, long term...

Day Three, 4th Khoryug Conference

Day Three, 4th Khoryug... by Dekila

4th Khoryug Conference Day Three Report June 7th, 2012 In the morning of Day Three, the trainers brought the issues of biodiversity, climate change, and natural disasters to the local level so that the monastic representatives could see how these issues...

Day Two, 4th Khoryug Conference

Day Two, 4th Khoryug... by Dekila

4th Khoryug Conference June 6th, 2012 Day Two Report Day Two began with a science tutorial for the gathered monks and nuns on different biological cycles such as the carbon cycle, the nitrogen cycle, and the water cycle. Dekila Chungyalpa, the conference...

Day One, 4th Khoryug Conference

Day One, 4th Khoryug... by Dekila

4th Khoryug Conference on Environmental Protection for Tibetan Buddhist Monasteries, Nunneries and Dharma Centres Day One Report 5th June, 2012 Given the focus of this year’s conference, it seemed appropriate that, as the delegates gathered in the...

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Day Two of Khoryug Conference

Day Two of Khoryug Conference

November 15th, 2010

November 15, 2010

Day Two focused on providing training on project management to the attending Khoryug monasteries and nunneries. The training was given by Dr. Sarala Khaling from WWF Nepal, and Dekila Chungyalpa from WWF US.

This consisted of sessions on:
– Project design (including implementation planning)
– Monitoring and evaluation of project success
– Financial and programmatic oversight

Each session was followed by a working session so that the monks and nuns could apply lessons learned from these sessions.

Monasteries were divided in regional groups: Northwest India, Northeast India and Bhutan, Nepal, Central India, and South India.

Each group was asked to analyze what environmental issues were most important in their region. Based on this analysis, they were then asked to follow the guidelines for project design, and monitoring and evaluation.

The final session consisted of monasteries and nunneries taking what they understood through the past two days and refining their own goals and workplans as Khoryug members.

They were asked to review their two-three year objectives, and strategies and make new annual commitments for the coming year.

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