Norbulingka Institute is a self-sustaining NGO that has supported over 1,000 Tibetan refugees for the past 25 years. Currently, we employ 366 employees. Our mission has been to create employment and to preserve Tibetan traditional art by passing on the skills of masters to a new generation of Tibetan artists.

Norbulingka Institute was chaired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama since its inception until 2015. Since 2016, we have been honored and blessed by H.E. Ling Rinpoche’s guidance as our Chair.


True to its mission, Norbulingka Institute has been sustaining on its own over the years through the sale of its high-quality products and two guest houses which allow for it to not only provide employment to 300 Tibetans, but also fund the following key initiatives:

  • Training of artists and craftsmen/women in traditional Thangka painting, statue making, woodwork, tailoring and weaving
  • Academy of Tibetan culture, which provides a 3-year solid Tibetan education in religion, grammar, history poetry, literature, medicine as well as foreign languages such as English and Chinese
  • A research center that is working on an encyclopedia of Tibetan culture and history
  • Compilation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s complete biography
  • Childcare and medical care to Norbulingka employees


Pre-Covid-19:  Norbulingka gave back $82,000 USD / monthly to the community through monthly salaries. The non-income generating sections cost $215,000 USD annually.


During Covid-19:  Today, with the full closure of Norbulingka’s most profitable hospitality sections, sustaining its employees and especially the social programs has become an urgent challenge.  Since April 2020, Norbulingka reduced expenses and working days by 50% to the current operational cost of $43,000 USD / monthly.


1. Shop on our online store to support our production, hospitality & administration teams


2. Donate here to contribute towards Norbulingka's special programs


          Your contribution will go towards a monthly target of $7,000 USD.

               $2,500 USD – 17 scholars in Scholastic Research and HH Dalai Lama’s Biography Sections

               $2,000 USD – Supports 18 staff in Childcare for 87 Children

               $1,500 USD – Supports training of 25 students in Education & Apprenticeship Program

               $620 USD – Supports 2 FT Nurses + Medical Supplies for Community

               $350 USD – Supports Temple Maintenance

3. Become a Sponsor 

          Please contact us directly at info@norbulingka.org

               $20,000 USD – 50% monthly operational budget

               $10,000 USD  25% monthly operational budget


For sponsorships and donations over $500 USD, we kindly ask to use one of the following bank transfers: 

Norbulingka’s Foreign Contribution Bank Account:

Account Name: Norbulingka Institute of Tibetan Culture

Account: 40097514674

Branch Code: 00691

IFSC: SBIN0000691

Bank Swift Code: SBININBB104

Bank Address: FCRA Cell, 4th Floor, State Bank of India, New Delhi Main Branch,

11, Sansad Marg, New Delhi -110001

Sambotha (Tax exempt, charitable non-profit for US donations)

Bank Transfer Details: Click Here

For questions please email us at info@norbulingka.org


Bank Name: JPMorgan Chase Bank NA
Bank Address: 270 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Account number: 741315667
Routing Number: 021000021    
Bank Swift/BIC Code: CHASUS33
Beneficiary Name: Sambotha Inc.
Beneficiary Address: 3737 SE Caruthers Street, Portland, OR 97214

For any questions please contact us at info@norbulingka.org