NEWS and previous reports
Year End 2011
Fall 2011 Update
Shedra Volunteer Letter
Surmang Shedra Update
Surmang children celebrate Losar
Surmang Shedra Swamped with Children
NYC Children's Day Helps Surmang Children
2010 Year End Report
Of Books and Blankets-A Better Future for the Surmang Region
Spring, 2010: THRESHOLD YEAR FOR SURMANG SHEDRA
Surmang Dutsi Til February 2010
A key goal: finish the shedra classrooms by fall 2010.
The first use of the classrooms at the Surmang shedra will occur this fall—if we can provide sufficient financial support for their completion. The Surmang Khenpo, who is directing the shedra rebuilding, is now in Tibet, purchasing materials and making arrangements for workers to resume construction in May.
In addition to the monks at Dutsi Til, there are as many as 100 boys studying in the old lhakang. The new shedra classrooms will provide an appropriate study space for the first time since 1959. Khenpo reports that local girls will also start attending classes once the shedra classrooms are usable.
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Shedra Update Report 2009
SHAMBHALA TRIATHLONS TO SUPPORT SURMANG
Clerestory on the lhakang roof, Surmang shedra, March 2009
2009 construction plans. Now that the basic structural work on the Surmang shedra (school) has been completed and the building complex is closed in, the focus turns to the large amount of systems and finishing work that is needed. Among the elements needed are electrical and plumbing work, waterproofing treatment of the roof surfaces, the solar heating system, additional exterior stucco, finish flooring, and entrance doors. Beyond that, there is an enormous amount of painting and artwork to be done, plus furnishings.
The situation in Tibet has been particularly difficult over the past year. Nonetheless, a lot was accomplished at Surmang last summer, and even more will be done this summer if sufficient funding can be provided. If we can provide enough resources, the residential portions of the shedra complex could be ready for occupancy by the end of this year.
Shambhala Triathlons to support Surmang. Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche has personally taken the lead in fundraising for Surmang in the past by running marathons dedicated to Surmang. Now that he has stopped doing marathons, he’s asked the sangha to take over for him in this endeavor.
"I have now run nine marathons over the past years to support the rebuilding of Surmang Dutsi Til. Thank you to everyone who supported me in this effort....However, it's now time for you to take over from me in running (or sitting, or walking) for Tibet, to complete the vital dharma projects that we are supporting there."
--Sakyong Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
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Surmang 2008 end of year report
2008 YEAR-END PROGRESS REPORT and Request for Support
Thank you to the many donors who have continued to support the Surmang shedra and the other activities of the Konchok Foundation, even during these difficult economic times. Your contributions make these efforts possible.
Tibet. Many events took place this year affecting Tibet, including the Beijing Olympics and demonstrations in Lhasa and elsewhere. One of the results was a significant slowdown in construction throughout Tibet, including Surmang. The calamitous Sichuan earthquake was far distant from Surmang and could not be felt there. However, those construction workers at the site who are Han Chinese are mostly from Sichuan and they needed time to attend to their families, also slowing down work.
Surmang shedra. Ten people were still working on the shedra construction in late October, however, winter has now arrived at Surmang. Heavy snow and subfreezing temperatures have brought even the indoor construction to a close for the season.
shedra courtyard lintel
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Surmang Update 2008
“This year, as everyone knows, there have been demonstrations in Lhasa and elsewhere; but in the Surmang and Jyekundo area, there have been no demonstrations. The lives of the people there have not been affected much by these situations. The shedra project is still going on but slowly. So please continue to give us your support.”
Sichuan earthquake. In addition to the tragic enormous loss of life, the disastrous Sichuan earthquake caused a massive amount of property damage. Surmang is fortunate to have been hundreds of miles from the epicenter and thus to have felt no effect from it. However, the costs of construction materials, along with most other things, had already been rising rapidly in China. The huge rebuilding needed in Sichuan is already starting to have a further impact on construction costs in China.
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MAJOR PUSH TO COMPLETE SHEDRA:
SAKYONG TO RUN MARCH 2, 2008 MARATHON
Exterior painting at Surmang shedra
“I have decided to run the Napa Valley Marathon to show my mind and body support for the final push to completing the Surmang Monastery....I felt that I needed to run one final marathon to support this project. So let’s make one final push for this year so that we can open the dharma gates of the Surmang Shedra in 2009.” --Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
The shedra (school) is by far the most important element in the re-establishment of Surmang Dutsi Til, the home monastery of the Trungpa lineage of teachers in eastern Tibet. It will provide a seat for Chökyi Senge Trungpa Rinpoche, who will be 19 this year. In addition to monks and nuns, the shedra will provide a crucial opportunity for education for local lay people, both children and adults.
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Year end Report 2007
Surmang shedra Fall 2007
Surmang Dutsi Til. The Surmang Khenpo, who has recently returned to North America from Surmang, informs us that major progress was made on the shedra (school) construction in 2007. Among the accomplishments this year were the construction of the clerestory roof of the lhakang and the front gate of the complex, insulation and plastering of all residential areas, subflooring and floor heating pipes in all residential areas, window installation in the student housing areas and in the residential corridors, granite floor tiling of the residential corridors, and finish stucco coating of the majority of exterior walls.
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FALL CAMPAIGN FOR SURMANG
SAKYONG DEDICATES OCT. 7 MARATHON TO SHEDRA
"I encourage the entire Shambhala community to join me in supporting the fall fund raising campaign for the Konchok Foundation, and our effort to build a shedra (school) at Dutsi Til in the Surmang region of Tibet. I will again run the Chicago Marathon, on October 7th, to raise awareness of this important project. I invite everyone to use this opportunity to make a contribution in support of the education and training of the younger generation at Surmang. With your support, we will close in the school buildings this season."
--The Sakyong, Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
Workers in front of the new lhakang (shrine hall) August 2007. Ruins of the traditional residence of the Trungpas, the Surmang kargenma, are visible further up the mountain
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Forty people are working this summer on the construction crew at the Surmang shedra—and we need to buy them more materials. The shedra (school)—by far the largest project in rebuilding the home monastery of Trungpa Rinpoche in eastern Tibet—is nearing completion. In this, the fourth and penultimate year of construction, the key is to close the building in. If we in the West can supply sufficient funds, the planned opening for the shedra will be able to take place next year.
Window installation in a residential section of the shedra complex July 2007
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