The Children’s educational program at Surmang is starting its winter 2016-2017 program this month. Last year more than 150 children participated; a similar number is expected this year. Donors to the Konchok Foundation provide all of the support necessary for this program, including food for the children and teachers, teacher stipends, and books and materials.
Up to this point, the shedra has principally been used for children’s programs, except for a couple of years when the shedra lhakang served as a shrine hall while the monastery’s main lhakang was being rebuilt. The monastery’s goal is to start shedra programs for adults in fall 2017. The programs for children will continue.