November 2014. Konchok Foundation board members Bob and Lindy King have written a letter announcing plans to bring the Surmang shedra to fruition. A major matching grant from the Peman Chodron Foundation is a key step. Please read their letter here.
YEAR END 2013
Local girls and boys are now back at school at the Surmang shedra, along with the apprentice monks who are studying there year-round. An update report can be seen here.
A new slide show of meditational dance at Surmang is available for viewing here on the Shambhala Times.
November 2012 UPDATE
The children's educational program at the Surmang shedra is now gearing up for its busiest time of the year. View update report.
DONATION GIFT DVD
This new DVD about Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche's life in Tibet is now available as a donation gift.
"Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche in Tibet"
On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the parinirvana of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, this presentation examines in photographs and text important aspects of the life of the Vidyadhara in Tibet prior to his escape to India in 1959. This presentation draws on new information about the Vidyadhara that has only come to our attention in the West in the past decade as our connection with Surmang has grown.
For updates about the children's educational program at the Surmang shedra, please visit the News page.
KAGYU GURTSO (RAIN OF WISDOM) CD-DVD
"These songs... are the insight of our forefathers....The reason we refer to them as songs is because they are based on the melody of circumstance, and on meditative experience. They are cosmic onomatopoeia, the best expression of sanity."
--Chögyam Trungpa XI Rinpoche
A $35 minimum Donation Gift to support the Surmang shedra is needed to receive this set.
All proceeds from the auction, and also from the donation gift items, will go to the rebuilding of the Surmang shedra.
The shedra is needed more urgently than ever due to the recent tragic earthquake in Jyekundo. Many refugees from the earthquake will be in Surmang for the next several years, including children who could attend school in the shedra classrooms.
The educational program (PLEASE SEE PARAGRAPH #2 IN UPDATE REPORT BELOW) at the monastery will be expanded to include the refugee children.
Surmang continues as the seat of the Trungpa lineage; and the rebuilding of the shedra at Surmang has vital importance in maintaining the cultural and spiritual heritage of this region.
A devastating earthquake struck Jyekundo (Yushu), the closest city to Surmang Dutsi Til, on April 14, 2010. If you want to make a donation specifically for earthquake relief (let us know that the donation is for that purpose per the instructions):
Please click here to find out ways you can help us to finish the Shedra, fund the education of the children of the Surmang valley, or support the other projects of Konchok Foundation.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has frequently voiced his strong support for the rebuilding of Surmang, commenting, “I have run nine marathons over the past years to support the rebuilding of Surmang Dutsi Til...it's now time...to complete the vital dharma projects that we are supporting there.”
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MORE ABOUT THE WORK OF KONCHOK FOUNDATION:
The Surmang region and monasteries in eastern Tibet have, for many centuries, been the home of the Trungpa tulkus (incarnate lamas) and a major place of practice for Tibetan Buddhism. When the Communist Party' took control of Tibet , the 11th Trungpa Rinpoche escaped from Surmang (his spiritual home) in the late 1950s. The practice of Buddhism was forbidden for many years and the Surmang monasteries were razed to the ground during the Cultural Revolution.
During this period, the abbot of Surmang, Chögyam Trungpa XI Rinpoche, after escaping into exile, became one of the first and most influential teachers of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, founding the Shambhala network of contemplative centers.
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, successor to his father as the head of the international Shambhala community, has now accepted major responsibility for the rebuilding of Surmang, working closely with the people of Surmang. A crucial element is the shedra (school) for monastic and lay students. At present, there is no school in the Surmang Dutsi Til valley.
The Konchok Foundation, founded in 2001 by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche together with Lady Diana Mukpo (widow of Trungpa XI Rinpoche), provides financial and other support for the rebuilding of Surmang, especially the Surmang shedra. Support is also provided to the Trungpa XII Tulku and to a number of monks who are undertaking extended group meditation retreats in the area. The foundation also provides some resources to other monasteries closely associated with Surmang or with Mipham Rinpoche.
Beyond the specifics of these efforts, the Konchok Foundation is helping to initiate a remarkable coming together between two communities of people, Tibetan and Western, who share a common dharma lineage tradition but are distant from each other geographically and culturally. Exchange visits have now included travel by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche to Surmang in 2001 and 2004 and by Surmang Khenpo to North America every year since 1999. Commencing in 2004, the two communities began working jointly together on the rebuilding of Surmang. In the next several years, we will also be working together on educational programming in Tibet, and on teaching visits to the West.
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