Surmang ShedraCapping 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.
Surmang NunneriesA new Surmang Nunnery is being constructed near Tsokyendo village. There is also an existing nunnery—managed by the nephew of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche—which we support with a modest annual contribution. Last year we raised significant funds to expand its facilities.
The approximately one hundred nuns at the Surmang Kyelaka nunnery are living in a practice-oriented monastic environment. Before coming to the recently re-opened nunnery, they had participated in a shedra-style study program at the large Yachen monastic complex. Although that type of study continues for the nuns at Kyelaka, led by khenpos and khenmos, it is now only a portion …