The Surmang group has a nunnery located in a remote area to the south of Surmang Dutsi Til and affiliated with its monasteries. The nunnery is led by the nephew of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Starting out as a few retreat rooms in a cave, Surmang Nunnery is now a fully functioning dharma practice center, with 120 nuns in residence, 60 school children getting a basic education, and a significant number of lay practitioners climbing the steep hill to practice there.
In the past, Konchok Foundation has provided modest support each year, much of it donor-directed, to the nunnery and these educational programs for children. This year, with the help of our donors, we would like to increase our support significantly.
Now that the Shedra construction is complete, the timing is right to help the dharma activities at Surmang Nunnery. The nuns have built most of their facilities with their own labor. Now, Surmang Nunnery vitally needs to expand its facilities, and Konchok Foundation has been asked to help support a new lhakang (shrine room building) for the nuns.
The total cost of the project is $450,000, and $150,000 has already been raised locally. We would really like to provide as much as possible of the remaining $300,000 needed to complete this new lhakang for the nunnery. We have included $150,000 in our 2018 fundraising proposal, which would cover the work through 2018.
Built upon the site of a much earlier nunnery, this present group of dedicated and diligent nuns are getting the same traditional Buddhist education that monks receive. With a rigorous schedule from dawn well into the evening, the nuns follow a Kagyu-Nyingma study and practice curriculum.