SABA, a Charitable Trust founded by Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, South Asia Buddhist Association

SABA’s areas of commitment

Under the patronage of Karmapa, SABA has a focus on activities within India, in order to help make a sustainable contribution to this great nation. Our commitments include:

  • Setting up and operating Buddhist monasteries, monastic universities, meditation centers, and retreat centers
  • Establishing schools and providing state-recognised education, based on Buddhist principles
  • Preserving and protecting Buddhist tradition, philosophy, theory and concepts
  • Serving as a platform for discussion on matters of common interest to Buddhist groups
  • Training lay and monastic practitioners
  • Healthcare and social activities

Knowing the value of the Buddha dharma is deeply connected with knowing the value of other people, and the connection with them.
Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa

Supporting the monastic and lay community

Through maintaining the tradition of monastic institutions, and providing fertile environments for monastic and lay people to study, reflect and meditate, we help safeguard the Buddhadharma in the world. One of SABA’s core areas of focus is to support activities related to this.

Pioneering new models of education

The future of the world lies in the hands of today’s young people. New educational models, tailored to respond to the challenges of the 21st century, will assure that the values and precious traditions we have received from our past generations will continue and be handed over to the next generations. SABA’s long term plan is to establish pioneering educational models, which merge traditional Buddhist principles and practices with contemporary approaches, and provide facilities for such schools.

Healthcare, education and community service

SABA supports lay communities, offering immediate help in the areas of healthcare, education, and community service. SABA encourages the different populations of the Indian Himalayan region to preserve their culture and ancient traditions.

Basic human needs

Poverty remains a key issue in the 21st century. Providing even the most essential needs such as food and clothing can be the first step toward helping sentient beings. According to the Buddhist view, giving just a single meal with a sincere motivation, and combined with aspiration prayers, will yield an enormous result. This is one of SABA’s core areas of activity and commitments.

SABA’s intent is to reach out to the local community by using the premises of its education centers as platforms and international meeting points for educational and social activities. Read more about it in social activities