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2012 Palpung Scholarship

The application deadline has passed.

20 Scholarships have been awarded - Congratulations to all the recipients!

Deadline: June 1, 2012
Award: 20 scholarships of $1,000


Scholarships are now available for bay area residents who are college bound this year. The 20 scholarships, each worth $1,000, will be awarded to high school graduates, who have been accepted by a 4 year college, and who are financially disadvantaged.

The scholarship fund is sponsored by Palpung Lungtok Choeling, a Buddhist organization established in San Jose in 2000. It is a branch of Palpung Sherab Ling the monastic seat of the 12th Tai Situ Rinpoche in Northern India.


Applicants for the Palpung Scholarship should be Bay Area, U.S. residents who have been accepted into a 4 year college in a Bachelor program and who have a combined family income of $40,000 or less. Selected Applicants must be able to attend the awards ceremony to accept their scholarship, no exceptions.

About Palpung Lungtok Choeling

The Palpung organization believes that education is the cornerstone of our future and that young people are the key element for a better world. Therefore, this organization is offering these scholarships to college bound students to give them an opportunity to succeed and grow and become a good example and role model for other young people.

Palpung (Glorious Accumulation) Lungtok (Teaching & Practicing to Reach Enlightenment) Choeling (Dharma Center) has established this scholarship fund because it uses a basic tenet of Buddhism which is loving-kindness and compassion. The mission of Buddhism is to help people and all sentient beings to become free from suffering and obtain lasting happiness, therefore giving them hope for a better future. Buddhists do not just worship and pray for a better future, they put their beliefs into action. They reach out to the community and apply their Buddhist principles.

The Palpung Monastery was founded by the Eighth Tai Situpa in Eastern Tibet in 1757. Palpung became the administrative center for over 180 monasteries and 13 monastic estates throughout greater Tibet. The first to bear the title "Tai Situ" was the Tibetan incarnation of the great Enlightened translator (Marpa Lotsawa), Chokyi Gyaltsen (1377-1448). The title conferred on him in 1407 by his disciple the Emperor Yung Lo of the Ming Dynasty, means “far reaching, unshakable, great master, holder of the command.

How to Apply

Print, complete, and return the application, with supporting documentation and essay (see application form), by June 1, 2012. Winners will be announced by June 29, 2012.


Dave Toledo
(510) 656-5898
Palpung Lungtok Choeling, 2175 Santiago Ave., San José, California 95122
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