Capping a decade-long effort, plans are now underway to complete and launch the shedra—monastic college—over the coming summer and fall at Surmang Dutsi Til monastery in eastern Tibet.
The leadership of Surmang Dutsi Til monastery has just informed us that a key element required for the planned August 3 consecration of the shedra and the monastery lhakang cannot be finished in time. Therefore, the consecration will have to be postponed until 2019.
The large shrine statues, or rupas, are central elements that empower a shrine room. They …