Surmang Dutsi Til is reopening its nunnery for the first time since 1959. Construction has now begun on a lhakang (shrine hall) for the nunnery. The location is several miles south of the monastery grounds near Tsokyendo village in eastern Tibet.
Nearly one hundred nuns are using the Surmang shedra (monastic college) as a practice location until the new nunnery lhakang is available. Seventy of them are living at the shedra, completely filling the living quarters; others are living at nearby houses.
Konchok Foundation has launched a fundraising campaign to help rebuild the nunnery and to provide support for the nuns. In the image below, the nuns gather at the new site where the nunnery will be constructed.
Surmang Dutsi Til is the home monastery for the Trungpa lineage of Buddhist teachers.
Watch a 49 second video showing the nuns at the shedra: