July 30 UPDATE!

So far we have raised. $2,901.15!  That is about 1/3 of the way to our goal!  Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed so far!!

Help Support the Next Generation of Drikung Kagyu Dharma Leadership!


In February, 2021 Garchen Rinpoche appointed Khenpo Thupsang to be resident lama for Garchen Mila Buddhist Center in Iowa City, Iowa. One of Rinpoche’s top priorities for Khenpo has been that he learn English so that he can teach the Dharma effectively here. 

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, Khenpo Konchok Thupsang completed his first year at Kirkwood Community College’s English Language program in May.  He will begin his second year of English study this August.  Because of his studies last year, Khenpo is now able to offer basic Dharma teachings in English.  His goal for this year is to become proficient at listening and speaking and to master more Dharma vocabulary. This will be a tremendous benefit not only to our local community but to the Drikung Kagyu sangha worldwide.

Khenpo will be taking six credit hours this fall and six hours in the spring. He also needs some funds for his health insurance which we contract through the college.  Finally, we ask your support for a monthly stipend for Khenpo Thupsang. 

The Garchen Mila Buddhist Center is a 501(c)(3) organization. Your donation is  tax-deductible. 

We need to raise funds for the 2022-2023 school year:

English Language study for 1 year (12 credit hours): $3316
Health insurance for 1 year: $1380
Stipend: $250 per month


TOTAL needed: $7696

How to Contribute

There are 3 contribution methods available:

1) Use our online donation method.

2) Hills Bank customers:  Direct Deposit available

3) Send a check to:  113 S. Johnson Street, Iowa City, IA 52240

 Non-profit Status

Garchen Mila Buddhist Center is a registered 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization with church status. All donations made to our organization are tax-deductible.

 Contributions of Time

We welcome volunteers to help Khenpo Thupsang with English Language study. It would be particularly helpful if you have a background in teaching or ESL.  Assistance would be welcome locally or via Zoom. Please email us at if you are interested.