About Gaden Relief Projects

Buddhism in Action

Because we were moved by the suffering of Tibetans throughout Asia, and having recognized our tremendous debt to the ordained and lay communities of Tibetan Buddhists in keeping the rich teachings of the Tibetan lineage of Buddhism alive, the Gaden Relief Projects focus on alleviating their material needs. Gaden Relief is also helping Buddhists in India and Mongolia because of their deep spiritual links to Tibet.

“Lightning-fast aid” — Gaden Relief urgently raised funds for young nun Stanzin’s successful neurosurgery in India.

Gaden Relief has become famous, despite its modest size, for its efforts in channeling medicine and funds to the Tibetan refugee community-in-exile and to monasteries in Tibet, India and Mongolia. Since 1988, Gaden Relief has raised over $500,000 in donations, of which over 95% reached Tibetans and Mongolians in the form of direct aid. Our very low overhead is possible because we are run 100% by volunteers.

Some of the institutions we have supported:

  • Amarbayasgalant Monastery, Ulan Bator, Mongolia
  • Delgeruun Choir, Gobi Desert, Mongolia
  • Chuchikjall Nunnery, Zangskar, India
  • Drepung Loseling Monastic University, Mundgod, India
  • Geden Choling Nunnery, Dharamsala, India
  • Samten Choling Nunnery, Dharamsala, India
  • Sera Jhe Health Care Centre, Bylakuppe, India
  • SerJey Denma Khangtsen, Bylakuppe, India
  • Zuru Monastery, Kham, Tibet

Gaden Relief is non-sectarian in its outlook. Beneficiaries have come from all four major Tibetan Buddhist sects.


Venerable Zasep Rinpoche (center back row) with children of a school in Mongolia partially funded by Gaden Relief. Rinpoche is a board member on Gaden Relief.


Gaden Relief Board of Directors

The current members of Gaden Relief’s Board of Directors are:

  • Zasep Tulku Rinpoche, Spiritual Director
  • Irina Safonova, President
  • Bonnie Mok, Secretary
  • Evan Zaleschuk
  • Matthew Richards
  • Maureen Byrne


Registered Canadian Charity

Gaden Relief Projects is a registered Canadian charity. We are authorized to issue Canadian tax receipts for most donations to Gaden Relief Projects. Gaden Relief began as part of the Gaden Choling Mahayana Buddhist Meditation Centre in Toronto, Canada, but now is a separately incorporated charity registered with the Canadian government. Our charity number is 85585 4972 RR0001.


Gaden Relief helping on location at the remote Zanskar valley nunneries.


If you would like more information or are interested in supporting the program contact us by email. Or write to us; our postal address is:

Gaden Relief Projects
637 Christie Street
Toronto, Ontario
M6G 3E6

Sorry, because all of our team are volunteers, we cannot be contacted by phone or fax.