I hold fewer aspirations dearer in my heart than the rebuilding of Surmang, the spiritual home of the Shambhala mandala. I share this commitment with the Sakyong who has been formally entrusted by the tulkus and leaders of Surmang with responsibility for the affairs of the Surmang monasteries and their people.
The Sakyong and I have pledged that we will raise the funds necessary to rebuild Surmang Dudtsi-til, the Surmang Shedra (monastic college). The original building, now a ruin, was poignantly described (and drawn) by the Vidyadhara in Born in Tibet. The leaders of Surmang have repeatedly told both the Sakyong and myself that this single undertaking is one of the highest priorities for the whole community.
I would urge everyone who feels a deep connection with the spiritual traditions brought to us by the Vidyadhara to consider what you can give in return to Surmang and its people.
For now, I would simply ask you to reflect on the tremendous legacy that has come to us from Surmang and what we can do in this particular way to honour that.
Yours in the immense radiance of Shambhala,
Lady Diana Mukpo