In April 2010, a terrible earthquake struck Jyekundo (Yushu), the closest city to Surmang. Thousands of people were killed and injured, and tens of thousands lost their homes. Surmang experienced reverberations, but the major concern was for Jyekundo and the devastated region near the epicenter. Many people from the Surmang
2014 served as a momentous transitional year for the Surmang shedra or monastic college. Key steps were undertaken by the Konchok Foundation and the Surmang Dutsi Til monastery that will allow the shedra to begin teaching programs for adult monastics in 2015. A central element of the vision for the
Watch this video update of the Surmang Shedra Project by Bob King in December 2014.
Education for the approximately fifty apprentice monks at the shedra continues throughout most of the year. Most of these young men live in the shedra complex. A khenpo is in charge of their classes. School recently resumed for the local lay children with about 150 girls and boys attending at