The Lho Mon Society was founded by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche in 2010 and formally registered as a Civil Society Organization (CSO) in 2012. Our mandate is to uphold, support, and promote sustainable development in the Kingdom of Bhutan through grassroots, holistic education and training initiatives. Lho, in Bhutanese, means south or southern, and 'Mon' refers to the people of the region south of the Tibetan plateau, meaning Bhutan and the surrounding subtropical regions of Assam and Burma. Rinpoche chose the name to indicate that people are unified not only by government country borders but by the natural environments in which they live.

The Lho Mon Society carries out this mandate through two projects: The Samdrup Jongkhar Initiative (SJI) and Lho Mon Education

Bhutan is facing a tidal wave of consumerism, conflicts, and waste that comes with modernization. There is no turning back and no way to keep the floods at bay. Through Lho Mon's grassroots initiatives, we are creating small islands of refuge, beacons to guide, and essential skills training to help the people chart a sustainable course that encourages equitable economic development, environmental conservation, cultural promotion, authentic education, and good governance.


"Bhutan is a democracy now. So far things have gone well. But we citizens now have to shoulder responsibility without someone else having to tell us. It is a matter of fulfilling our responsibilities without the prodding of a cowherd."
  --Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche