Rebuilding the Kilung Shedra and Community Center

THE KILUNG SHEDRA WAS DESTROYED BY DEVASTATING FIRE ON APRIL 7th, 2016

CONSTRUCTION TO REBUILD THE KILUNG SHEDRA AND 
THE LAMA GONPO COMMUNITY CENTER BEGAN JUNE 17, 2018. 

To help rebuild, DONATE HERE 

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The Kilung Community mobilized to provide essential shelter and services after the fire so that the children and monks could resume their education. The arduous task of demolishing the shedra began, resulting in a cleared site.

Shedra site completely cleared

But as a result of the fire, construction delays, and the hardships of continuing the schooling in temporary structures, classes at the school and the shedra were suspended.

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, Shedchen, Jangma, Palpung and Machen.

 

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

Originally planned for 2017, construction was delayed by the need for a geological survey. The high plateaus of Tibet call for engineers with particular skills, and the search to find a company in the region with the right experience took time. The Geological survey was completed in 2017 which allowed construction to begin in the summer of 2018. Through Kilung Rinpoche’s relationship with a local Lama who recently completed a project at a similar elevation, the same construction company was hired to begin the Kilung Shedra.

 
Groundbreaking ceremony… more photos HERE

Shedra site with new temple overlay

The structure will be built using contemporary building techniques and modern building materials, rather than traditional Tibetan rammed earth.

The new Kilung Shedra, Children’s School and Community Center will allow the children and monks to return to the Kilung Valley to continue their studies and education close to home. It will accommodate not only the present and future needs of Vajrayana students in a far-reaching community but also provide expanded space for a girl’s school, medical and health care, and community development activities.

Fundraising efforts are ongoing, and we have raised over $500,000 of the $1.7 million dollar project. With construction now started, there is an urgent need for donations so as to be able to build as much as possible in the short Tibetan summer.

Click HERE to donate.

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For the pre-fire history of the Kilung Shedra click HERE. Help us rebuild!

 

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