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 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 …