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May Marathon to Support Konchok Foundation

by Brian Sutton

Brian Sutton: Running a Marathon for Konchok Foundation

I am dedicating my upcoming (May 27) marathon to benefit the Konchok Foundation, and I am asking you to help too. Many of you know about the work of the Konchok Foundation, a non-profit organization helping to meet the spiritual, cultural, educational and humanitarian needs of the Tibetan people in Surmang and elsewhere in the Kham and Golok regions of Tibet. At konchok.org you can see the photos and videos of the people and places in this poor, remote region and the buildings going up for education, health and living. An orphanage, health clinic, and a monastic school are all being built and supported by privately donated funds.
There is a still a great need! “Privately donated funds” can mean many small donations from many friends, family, and sangha. You can sponsor my marathon for $26.00, just a dollar for every mile I will be running on May 27th. Or donate whatever amount you are inspired and able to give.

You can donate directly to: konchok.org/donation_gifts.php

When you receive your confirmation just let them know it is for Brian’s Marathon Fundraising. If you prefer not to donate online, contact me and then you can donate by seeing me or mailing me. I will be sending in a collective donation after the marathon.

I was inspired to get back into running in part by the joy of celebrating Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche’s Boston marathon, which also was a benefit for Konchok Foundation. And now I inspired again by his recently released book, “Running with the Mind of Meditation.” What about my actual marathon? The Vermont City Marathon on May 27 is in Burlington, Vermont, and will be my second marathon. Last year, Vermont City Marathon was so well organized and beautiful as a race that I am running the same marathon again. I will happily send my race results and personal marathon training story to all who donate and let me know they have donated. My personal dharma-running story is certain to include such wisdom as “where is the other shore of this giant puddle in the road,” and “if I don’t exist, whose hamstring is tight?”
A gift of any amount will help change the lives of Tibetans in the Kham and Golok regions. Please consider helping me to help the Konchok Foundation at konchok.org .

From: Wake up Boston!

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