Norbulingka institute is a self-sustaining NGO that has supported over 1000 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.

History & Recent Events

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

How you can help

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


2. Become a General Donor

For donations under $500, you may kindly donate here

3. Become a Social Program Donor

Fund Social Programs for one month (bank transfer details below):

     350 USD – 3 Temple Attendants (Temple Maintenance)

     620 USD – 2 FT Nurses + Medical Supplies for Community

     1,500 USD – 11 staff + 25 students in Education & Apprenticeship Program

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

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

4. Become a Sponsor (Sponsors will receive a special thank you gift; bank transfer details below)

     5,000USD – 75% of monthly Social Program Staff

     6,650USD – 100% of monthly Social Program Staff     

     10,000USD  25% monthly operational budget

     20,000USD – 50% monthly operational budget


For sponsors interested in matching donations, please contact us directly at info@norbulingka.org.  


Bank Transfer Details

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

Norbulingka’s Foreign Contribution Bank Account:

Bank Name: State Bank of India

Bank Address: Kotwali Bazaar, Dharamsala 176215 H.P India

Bank A/c: 10551096165

IFSC: SBIN0000634

Bank Swift Code: SBININBB277

Sambotha Public Charity (Tax exempt for US donations)

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.

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