"Recently Dorzin Dhondrup Rinpoche took on the responsibility of Gar Relief, which includes the support for Tajuk School, Achi Elder Care, and the establishment of Bendurya Clinic. I greatly rejoice in his continuous efforts in this altruistic activity and in his vast intention to provide unbiased relief to all those who are disadvantaged and helpless, or who have experienced harm caused by the elements."
His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche
Gar Relief was founded by Venerable Dorzin Dhondrup Rinpoche at the request of His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, a highly revered Tibetan Buddhist lama and head of Gargon Monastery in Nangchen, who currently resides in the United States. Gargon Monastery has been a significant presence in the lives of area residents for hundreds of years. Venerable Dorzin Dhondrup Rinpoche was born and raised in Dochug village in Nangchen. In 1984, he entered the Gargon Monastery as a young monk to undergo traditional Buddhist training. He continued his Buddhist studies at the Drikung Kagyu Institute in Dehra Dun, India. In 2007 HE Garchen Rinpoche sent him to Singapore to establish Drigar Thubten Dargye Ling. Ever since, Dorzin Dhondrup Rinpoche has been teaching at Drikung Kagyu dharma centers throughout Asia, the United States, and the European Union. He founded Gar Relief with the intent to positively impact the lives of poor communities in Nangchen.