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Groundbreaking Ceremony photos

Here are some photos of the groundbreaking ceremony held on June 17, 2018.

     

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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Kilung Shedra and Community Center

       
The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Kilung Shedra and Community Center will be on June 17th, the day of the Buddha’s First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma.

There will be ceremonies and prayers to start the construction and to commemorate the day. Many high lamas from across the Dzachuka region will be invited to the festivities and will attend the groundbreaking.

If you want to join in this celebration, at Yeshe Long, Dza Kilung Rinpoche’s seat in the West, click HERE.

So many of us have been waiting for this auspicious and joyous moment.

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The Kilung Foundation at Work

This video shares with you the important humanitarian work of the Kilung Foundation in Dzachuka, East Tibet.

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Lama Gonpo’s Last Wish

As many of you know, Lama Gonpo Tsering, a very great and dear man, died on February 27. During this time of grieving—felt by his family, the community in Dzachuka, and our extended friends around the world—we have been considering how to honor him and keep his memory and inspiration alive for generations to come.

Nearing the end of his life, while in a hospital in China, Gonpo asked to be brought back to his home in Dzachuka. He instructed his family to give up the increasingly elusive mission to obtain a liver transplant, telling them that the money would be much better spent to help complete the monastic college building back at Kilung Valley so that children and monks could be educated.

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Lama Gonpo Tsering

Dear Friends of Kilung Foundation,

We are deeply sad to share that Lama Gonpo Tsering died on Feb. 27th. When it became certain that he would not be able to receive a liver transplant, his family was able to transport him back home to Dzachuka for his final few days.

Dza Kilung Rinpoche and the Kilung Foundation are grateful for the medical support and prayers sent for Lama Gonpo by so many people, helping to give hope, and then ease his passing.

Gonpo spent his life to help others. You can remember Gonpo by making a donation to the Community Center being named in his honor.

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Nyima and Yangzom

As a result of the fire, the hardships of continuing the schooling in temporary structures, and construction delays, there was no school or shedra this year. Here are the personal stories of two Dzachuka children who have been impacted by the closure of the Kilung Children’s School after the fire that destroyed the structure in April 2016. One is a story of challenge, the other a story of hope. We believe they point to the benefits your donations provide, both to relieve suffering and to offer opportunities.

Nyima Dondrup is eight years old, the fourth child of a nomad family living in the Kilung Valley.

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Shedra monks still studying but at other monasteries

While waiting for the rebuilding of the Kilung Shedra, the children and monks have scattered in different places, some at home, some in public school, and some at other Shedras such as Dzogchen, Shechen, Jangma, Palpung and Machen.

Thirty-one monks and six school children are supported to continue in their studies by small stipends from Kilung Foundation.

To the right is Shercho studying at Dzogchen Monastery. Below is Tsering Topden also at Dzogchen Monastery, and Dorje Gon at Jangma Monastery.

  

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Shedra Rebuild update

The past 18 months after the fire have been busy ones for the Kilung Foundation. The new building site has been cleared in preparation for construction to begin. Thanks to gifts from Asian students, a new well has been established to provide clean drinking water.

Architectural plans have been developed for a new three-story, modern and environmentally sensitive building.

The new structure will be built using contemporary building techniques and modern building materials, rather than traditional Tibetan rammed earth. The expanded space will accommodate both the present and future needs of Vajrayana students in a far-reaching community.

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Pioneering solar technology at the Kilung Monastery

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The Kilung Monastery has installed a deep well to provide running water to the Kilung Community and the new shedra being designed and rebuilt, thanks to generous Chinese donors. But how to keep the water running and the pipes warm enough to freeze? A group of solar and tech companies in China collaborated on a high-altitude project at the Kilung Monastery to install solar power and deliver the electricity needed for the water system.

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The panels are up and running,

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Yogurt project a big success!

This video shares the successful story of the yogurt project!

 

wechatimg19The Dzachuka Nomad Yogurt Collective, launched by the Kilung Foundation with the support of generous donors, is thriving!

Now in its second year, the yogurt is very popular and the business has been awarded a RMB 500,000 grant by the local Chinese government ($80,000).

This will enable the collective to increase the herd size of the females yaks, called ‘dri’, that are milked for the yogurt.

 

wechatimg23 Currently the yogurt is being made “home style”.

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