Capping a decade-long effort, despite delays, plans are still underway to complete and launch the shedra—monastic college—at Surmang Dutsi Til monastery in eastern Tibet. The Surmang Shedra is a magnificent 25,000 square foot facility that promises educational opportunities for monks and nuns in the Surmang valley.
The arrival at Surmang last summer of nearly one hundred nuns has had the shedra humming. The shedra living quarters are now fully occupied, with the overflow in nearby houses, and a regular schedule of practice and teaching has been in place. This is the first time since before 1959 that a group of nuns is in ongoing residence at Surmang.
Practice and …