Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Zambala: Largest Buddhist Retailers in the World

Front entrance to the Taipei store. Through these doors have passed just about every lama to have ever visited Taiwan. (Note: If you click that link, watch out for the Amazing Vomiting Mongoose.) 

The Zambala firm are the largest stockists of Tibetan Buddhist supports and supplies in the world. It does not matter if you are a solo practitioner in need of a single butter lamp, or a monastery in need of 10,000 butter lamps: these are the people to contact. They have three floors of merchandise in Taiwan (pictured here), huge warehouses in India and Nepal, and their own warehouse-sized retail center in Alhambra, California. Their clients include the Dalai Lama, the Gyalwa Karmapa, and just about everyone else.

What many people do not realize is that Zambala puts 50% of everything they make into grants to temples and monasteries in India, Nepal, Sikkim, and Bhutan. For example: they are the largest single donors to several Tibean monasteries in India, and have sponsored numerous visits by lamas to Taiwan and the United States.

The quality of their products is excellent: like the "good old days." Not the tourist junk you see elsewhere.

I like the way these people do business, I like the way they give back, and I hope that if you need something, you will give them a visit.

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