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Tibetan Architecture Revived
Filling multiple needs, a new structure is in the planning stages by the Kilung Foundation, for the town of Sershul. Home, center, office, and guesthouse, the building will be a demonstration of traditional Tibetan architecture, and, where possible, using green technology.
Demonstrating the beauty of traditional Tibetan architecture, Kilung Rinpoche feels it essential to build in this cultural architectural mode, to lead the way in its revival. The younger generation needs to experience the aesthetic of their own tradition, carried out in high quality, so that they will judge it to be of value. Architecture is such an important part of cultural identity, this then infuses another level of self-respect for young Tibetans. Currently there are few secular buildings constructed inside and out in Tibetan tradition. The last few decades have seen block-style cement buildings taking over towns. More recently, newer buildings have Tibetan facades. This house will use Tibetan construction methods and design throughout.
Home. The house will provide a home base for Kilung Rinpoche when in Sershul. It will provide temporary residence for Kilung monks and lamas, and those who volunteer for the Kilung Foundation, or the monastery. Several staff will need to live there, as well, which may include family.
Center. The building will include a large shrine room where medium-sized groups can gather for pujas and teachings. Also, a large living room and dining hall will accommodate space for meetings and celebrations.
Office. The work of Kilung Monastery and Foundation has for years been calling out for an office in Sershul. Having an office staffed by Kilung monks or others will make possible all kinds of business, including easing Kilung Rinpoche’s long-distance monastery and project management, transcribing sacred texts, and teaching office and computer skills. It also gives a town presence for the monastery and foundation. Additionally, there is a space planned for a small separate visitor’s office, including internet.
Guesthouse. A small bed-and-breakfast-style guesthouse will be run for visitors to Dzachuka who will have the chance to experience traditional surroundings in Tibetan atmosphere. The guesthouse, while helping to support the operation of the house, will provide amiable accommodation for friends of Kilung Monastery and Foundation, and for those seeking an authentic experience. The aim will be a welcoming and peaceful sojourn with cultural and social facets.
Purchase of timber and construction materials began in 2007, with an initial infusion of $20,000 from generous donors, visitors to Dzachuka who were inspired by viewing a traditional home there, and by Kilung Rinpoche’s vision for this house. Another $25,000 is sought to complete the house.
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