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Thanks to the remaining portions of a major challenge grant from the Pema Chödrön Foundation, as well as support from many people who provided a range of small, medium and large donations, total donations received in 2015 were approximately $170,000. The major use for these funds is toward the completion

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A grand opening and consecration is planned for summer 2016 for both the new shedra (monastic college) at Surmang Dutsi Til monastery and the new lhakang (shrine hall), rebuilt in the wake of the 2010 Jyekundo earthquake. Although the new shedra at Surmang Dutsi Til monastery has already been in

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Thanks to all of our Konchok Foundation donors for your contributions since we announced the matching grant campaign, particularly an anonymous friend of Surmang who donated $78,000. We are so grateful to the Pema Chödrön Foundation who made this matching grant of $150,000 available to the Konchok Foundation. Our goal

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The Konchok Foundation is delighted to welcome our new Board Members, appointed by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our new board members include: Chuck Lief, President of Naropa University Jessie Litven, Shambhala International Jon Ransohoff, Bay Area Shambhalian Mark Curtin, Rusung for Albuquerque Shambhala Center Thanks to each of them for stepping

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For Losar, the Tibetan new year, the winter session of the Children’s Education Program at the Surmang Shedra ended with a festive graduation and awards ceremony. The Surmang Shedra will hold another session for children after the new year celebrations wind down. These sessions of the Children’s Education Program are

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The Konchok Foundation is delighted to announce that the Surmang Shedra will launch this fall. Last October, the Pema Chödrön Foundation offered a $150,000 Matching Grant to complete the Surmang Shedra and hold an Opening Ceremony. This has created a tremendous upsurge of energy to bring this project to fruition

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The children of Surmang are back in session! Right now, there are more than 120 girls and boys studying reading and writing in Tibetan, as well as basic math, this winter at the shedra. The children come from throughout the valley where Surmang Dutsi Til monastery is located. Classes are