Guideposts

Core Beliefs

As a Buddhist organization, BGR is inspired and guided by the teachings of Buddhism. Among the teachings central to our mission are:

  • We should extend a mind of loving-kindness towards the entire world and regard each person as a member of our own family. For this reason, just as we would not want our parents, children, or other close relatives to suffer, we similarly feel moved to alleviate the suffering of countless unknown, unseen people throughout the world.
  • All life on this planet is interconnected and interdependent. In particular, the current high standard of living in the West was largely founded on the labor and resources of those in the East and South. For this reason, we should seek to reciprocate their kindness by helping their descendents in their time of need.
  • The endeavor to establish a just social and political order is integral to the Buddha’s teachings. The Buddha taught that it is the government’s duty to guard and protect all the residents of the land, eliminating poverty through state-sponsored deeds of charity. In our present international order, we who live in relative affluence should look after the needs of the destitute and broadly extend our range of concern to the entire global community.

Core Values

  • Faith: By faith we understand, not belief in a particular creed, but a conviction in the power of goodness: a conviction that goodness constitutes an objective power that gives meaning and value to our lives; a conviction that to do good to others creates indissoluble bonds of human solidarity, that giving and helping others brings immense joy to giver and receiver alike.
  • Compassion: Compassion is the quality “that makes the hearts of the good tremble with the suffering of others.” Compassion is what enables us to break out from the cocoon of self-centeredness and awaken a universal consciousness. Compassion opens us to the cries of distress rising up from countless men and women who live on the brink of despair. Compassion moves us to dispel their suffering and procure their well-being and happiness.
  • Service: To follow the call of compassion is to enter into service to others, and to find in service a source of strength, power, and joy that far surpasses the superficial satisfaction gained from self-centered projects aimed at domination and exploitation.
  • Moral rectitude: BGR is guided and sustained by the values embedded in the fundamental Buddhist ethical code, the five precepts: non-injury, honesty, fidelity, truthfulness, and sobriety.
  • Self-cultivation: We recognize that our outward-directed relief work must be accompanied by an inward effort to purify the mind of greed, hatred, and delusion—the root causes of personal and collective suffering. We try to integrate our relief work with our self-cultivation, so that the outer work becomes a means of self-purification and inward self-cultivation strengthens us to accomplish our mission more effectively.
  • Integrity: We use the funds donated to BGR in ways that are true to the organization’s mission, and we ensure this is so through proper procedures of accounting and auditing.
  • Prudence: We use the funds efficiently and effectively, seeking to cut extraneous costs and to invest in ways that will make more funding available to expand and enrich our programs.
  • Respect for others: We respect the people whom we serve, as well as their customs, beliefs, and traditions. We treat them as partners in achieving the aims of our programs and seek to make them strong, independent, and self-sufficient.
  • Collaboration: We recognize that through collaboration, cooperation, and consensus, we can generate an enormous power to transform the world in accordance with our guiding vision. Hence we endeavor to bring together all people of good will who share our aspirations and direct their energies towards the fulfillment of our mission, the alleviation of poverty and hunger. In pursuing our goal, we always pledge to cooperate with one another, with our partners locally and abroad, and with the people that we serve.

Our Projects

BGR projects are designed to provide direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, to promote ecologically sustainable agriculture, to support the education of girls and women, and to give women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. »


Bangladesh

MARKETS FOR WOMEN
Uplift extremely poor indigenous households in five villages in one of the poorest regions. » 


Bangladesh

EDUCATING CHILDREN
Educate 1,250 children in the Chittagong Hill Tract, a poor region in Bangladesh affected by conflict. » 


Bangladesh

FOOD SUPPORT FOR ORPHANS
Provide food supplies for 54 orphans at The Orphan's Home in the rural Cittagong Hills region. » 


Bangladesh

EDUCATING ETHNIC MINORITIES
Provide food support for 106 ethnic Buddhist minority girls at Yashodara Girl's School in Cittagong Hill Tracts. » 


Cambodia

GIRLS ACCESS TO EDUCATION
Support life-transforming Girls Access To Education program ensuring that girls stay in school. » 


Cambodia

ESCAPE THE SEX TRADE
Provide non-formal education, vocational training, and life skills to sex workers and their children. » 


Cambodia

SYSTEM OF RICE INTENSIFICATION
Expanding an ecologically sensitive method of agriculture that increases rice yields. » 


Cameroon

FOOD FOR POOR CHILDREN
Provide food support for children attending community primary school. » 


China

JOB TRAINING FOR WOMEN
Partner with Shambala Foundation to provide first job experience training to young women. » 


Cote d'Ivoire

ENHANCED FOOD PRODUCTION
Improve food production in the Meki-Ziway area of the Central Rift Valley. » 


Ethiopia

CROP INTENSIFICATION
Promote environmental friendly, economically feasible, and climate-smart agronomic practices among small-scale farmer. » 


Haiti

PROVIDE AFTERSCHOOL MEALS
Provide daily meals two or more daily meals for school children in Jacmel, Haiti. » 


Haiti

ENHANCED RICE PRODUCTION
Provide training in System of Rice Intensification (SRI) to benefit 425 famers in the Artibonite Valley. » 


Haiti

MEALS AND SCHOOLING
Support the establishment of a women's vocational training and community center in Nagpur. » 


Haiti & Jamaica

TREES THAT FEED PEOPLE
Distribute 400 breadfruit trees (200 for each country). Each tree can produce half a ton of fruit a year. » 


India

A YOUTH HOSTEL FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN
Educate girls from India's poorest regions and provide loans and business training. » 


India

FOOD SECURITY FOR WOMEN
Provide enhanced food security for women farmers in Uttarakhand, one of India's poorestt states. » 


Sri Lanka

EDUCATION FOR POOR GIRLS
Provide education and vocational training for girls from poor families who have not yet completed high school. » 


Vietnam

MEALS IN HOSPITALS
Provide thousands of free meals to hospital patients in remote villages off the Mekong Delta region. » 


Vietnam

SCHOLARSIHPS FOR POOR CHILDREN
Provide nearly 500 sttudents with scholarships to elementary and middle schools in Cam Duong and Tam Binh Districts. » 


Vietnam

SYSTEM OF RICE INTENSIFICATION
Expand and improve the quality of Rice Intensification among village farmers in the Thai Nguyen province. » 


Detroit, MI

KEEP GROWING DETROIT
Support more than 1500 gardens to produce 150 tons of produce for low- income families. » 


New York, NY

FEEDING YOUTH STARVED FOR MEANING
Transform homeless impoverished youth to employed persons playing leadership roles in society. » 


New York, NY

URBAN COMMUNITY FOOD PROJECT
Create sustainable food system for insecure communities while educating and employing at-risk youth. » 


Santa Clara County, CA

CULTIVATING ORGANIC GARDENS
Reduce food insecurity among low income residents by teaching organic gardening skills. »