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MAITRI Charitable Trust

Please take a moment to learn about our work in Bodhgaya, Bihar, India.
The organisation

The organisation

MAITRI is officially registered as a charitable trust in India.
Spiritual Founder: Lama Thubten Yeshe; Spiritual Director: Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.
MAITRI Charitable Trust is affiliated to the Foundation for the Preservation for the Mahayana Tradition - FPMT.
The Trust is governed by a Board of Trustees.
The appointed Administrator of the Trust and Director of its Centre, Adriana Ferranti, is responsible for the provision and utilization of resources, working-out and implementation of long- and short-term plans of development, and day-to-day management of the Centre and its programmes.



• To establish institutions for the prevention, treatment, care and rehabilitation of leprosy patients and other disabled persons.
• To promote the educational, medical, economic and social advancement of Indians in general and the people of Bihar in particular.
• To establish and maintain dispensaries, health centres and hospitals.
• To establish and maintain projects for the benefit of the local community in the fields of health, nutrition, literacy and agriculture.
• To establish educational institutions such as schools and colleges.
• To establish and promote veterinary care programmes, establish and maintain shelters for stray animals, and promote humane treatment of animals.
• To issue appeals and applications for money and funds in furtherance of stated objectives.

Why Bodhgaya, Bihar

Why Bodhgaya, Bihar

Bodhgaya is a town in the Northern Indian state of Bihar , which is one of the poorest, most depressed and densely populated states in India.
MAITRI's headquarters are in Bodhgaya, the place where Buddha reached enlightenment 2,500 years ago.
Bihar has one of the highest incidences of leprosy in India.
Bihar 's literacy rate is one of the lowest in India.

Please rejoice in another year of essential charitable service offered through MAITRI since 1990.

Latest news

  • Losar 2024

    Losar (Tibetan New Year) is coming soon (10th Feb this year). This is a great day to rejoice in other’s kindness! From all of us, a big thank you to Otto Per Mille of the Waldensian Church, helping MAITRI since 2004 (including MAITRI’s TB program 2020 and Mother & Child program 2021). The Fifteen Days […]

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    Sept-Nov 2023 News

    Following the weather situation at 40% of the annual monsoon rain average described in the previous e-news in Gaya District, by September vast expanses of land showed failed crops. However in the second half of the month very heavy showers occurred almost daily up to the first part of October thus re-establishing the balance of the rain […]

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  • June-Aug 2023 News

    In the previous news I wrote about the heat coming on heavily in May, but actually something much worse than that hit us unexpectedly in June with a steady torrid heat that lasted for three weeks. Relief came with early monsoon rains, but alas after the first illusion of a good monsoon the rains continued very erratically […]

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    March-May 3023 News

    April 13th was the fateful day that our precious Spiritual Director, Ven. Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, suddenly passed away at Kopan, his monastery in Nepal. The news quickly spread all over the world and thousands of his disciples in the FPMT centres have been saying prayers for Rinpoche’s quick reincarnation as recommended by His Holiness […]

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  • Dec, Jan-Feb News

    The vagaries of the weather brought us a long warm season that lasted up to the whole of December and then a late cold wave that continued for over a month and a half, well into most of February with daily fluctuations that affected people’s health. And now unforgiving heat is forecast from the month […]

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    World Leprosy Day 2023

    This is a day where we can raise awareness about this treatable and manageable disease. In December 2021 this mother arrived at MAITRI with her daughter after being rejected by her husband due to the social stigma. Her body was disfigured by severe type 2 leprosy reaction. After 5 months of intensive treatment at MAITRI […]

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  • Sep-Nov 2022 News

    This quarter has witnessed the transition from monsoon to winter seasonwith some showers up to mid October followed by the dry spell of the cold season. Such change in the weather has facilitated the arrival of international pilgrims who seem particularly struck by the plight of local dogs and find their way to MAITRI to request […]

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    Our friends are helping us raise much needed funds for the new Director’s accommodation and office building. The current building is dangerously damaged and leaking. Our friends in Australia, including Tree of Compassion, are helping MAITRI Charitable Trust with this Chuffed fundraising campaign. If you donate on 15 November, Lhabab Duchen, the merit from your […]

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  • Fundraiser

    The drawback of the rainy season is the great care that we have to take to protect our old buildings, with particular regard to the director’s residence and office. The condition of the building is such that a new one will have to be constructed at the earliest opportunity. To this end we are setting […]

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    June-Aug 2022 News

    The last three months have witnessed a progressive transformation of the weather – from relentlessly scorching hot to humid hot to wet warm, which ushered in the monsoon season. Although rain has not been as abundant as required and much of the rice saplings have wilted, the temperature has been such that simple ceiling fans have been […]

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