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

FOOD SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL OF ORPHANS
Provide food supplies for 54 orphans for 12 months at The Orphan's Home in the rural Cittagong Hills region. »



 Bangladesh

EDUCATING ETHNIC MINORITY GIRLS
Provide Food Support for 106 ethnic Buddhist minority Girls at Yashodara Girl's School in Chttagong Hill Tracts. »  


Bangladesh

PERMANENT DORMITORY FOR BOY STUDENTS
Provide a permanent dormitory for 120 boys in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a poor area affected by conflict. » 

Burma (via Thailand)

EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN OF BACKPACK MEDICS
Support education for children of backpack health workers serving displaced Burmese villagers, students and refugees. »  

Cambodia

FOOD SCHOLARSHIPS FOR GIRLS TO STAY IN SCHOOL 
Support life-transforming Girls Access To Education (GATE) program ensuring girls stay in school. »

Cambodia

CATALYZING THE POTENTIAL OF GIRLS AT THE MARGIN
Provide scholarships and related assistance for young women in nursing and other schools. » 

Cambodia

RICE INTENSIFICATION AND TRAINING IN AGRO-ECOLOGY
Engage farmers in rice intensification program, cash crop cultivation, and other related programs. » 

Cameroon

JOB TRAINING FOR SINGLE MOTHERS
Provide practical vocational training for marginalized women and for single and teenage mothers. » 

Cameroon

A FOOD PROGRAM FOR POOR CHILDREN
Provide meals at school for over 95 poor and needy children in Ebase village. » 

Cote d'Ivoire

IMPROVED NUTRITION AMONG CHILDREN AND PREGNANT WOMEN
Decrease incidence of malnutrition in children especially in the first 1,000 days of life. » 

Haiti

SCHOOL FEEDING PROGRAM IN JACMEL
Provide at least one meal per day, six days a week for students, c. 360 meals per week. » 

Haiti

IMPROVED CROP PRODUCTION AND DIVERSIFICATION
Improve rice production & backyard vegetable gardening in recently flooded Artibonite Valley. »

Haiti

MEALS FOR HUNGRY KIDS IN PORT-AU-PRINCE
Provide between 500 and 750 life-sustaining meals to children every weekday in the Ti Plas Kazo Community. » 

Haiti

A SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN IN PORT-AU-PRINCE
Support for teacher's salaries, supplies, water, & computers for school providing quality education. » 

Haiti

SUPPORTING THE NUTRITION OF POOR CHILDREN
Help to give impoverished children two healthy meals daily, and support training workshops. » 

India

GIRL'S HOME AND WOMEN'S SOCIAL SERVICE CENTER
Sponsor education for 30 teenage girls in danger of not finishing school due to poverty. » 

India

PROSPERITY THROUGH RESILIENT AGRICULTURE
Improve resilience and income for smallholder farmers, especially women, in Uttar Pradesh. » 

India

NUTRITIONAL SUPPORT FOR GARDEN OF PEACE SCHOOL
Provide uniforms, books, transportation and food for students at Garden of Peace school. » 

Jamaica & Haiti

NUTRITIOUS MORNING MEALS FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
Provide nutritious morning meals for children prepared by local small businesses. » 

Kenya

IMPROVING MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH AND NUTRITION
Support proven programs that reach mothers, infants and children in need of food. » 

Kenya & Malawi

SUSTAINABLE MINI FARMING 
Training, especially for women, in biointensive farming to increase food production. » 

Nicaragua

EDUCATIONAL SPONSORSHIP OF GIRLS
Provide tuition, books, uniform with insignia and shoes, and some medical screening and treatment. » 

Sri Lanka

COMPUTER SKILLS FOR LOW INCOME GIRLS
Provide access to computer technology skills development for 60 girls from low-income families. » 

Sudan

HELPING FARMERS IN DARFUR
Address critical food insecurity with training and supplies for improved farming techniques. » 

U.S. Detroit, MI

URBAN FARMING IN DETROIT
Provide aid to 1500 urban gardens, including 400 new ones in 2017. Help sponsor 22 events . »

Vietnam

ENHANCED HOMESTEAD FOOD PRODUCTION
Train mulit-generational families to increase year-round food production improving nutrition. »

Vietnam

SYSTEM OF RICE INTENSIFICATION IN DAI TU DISTRICT
Introduce SRI to farmers to lower work burden and increase food production . »

Vietnam

MEALS FOR HOSPITAL PATIENTS IN TAM BINH HOSPITAL
Help to provide 500 vegetarian meals daily to hospital patients, total 182,000 meals per year. »

Vietnam

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POOR CHILDREN in TAM BINH & CAM DUONG DISTRICTS
Help with fees, uniforms, books, and healthcare for over 400 K-12 students. »