A Place of Learning & Contemplation: Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery
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KA-NYING SHEDRUB LING MONASTERY was built in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1976 by the great Tibetan Buddhist master Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, and was consecrated by the 16th Karmapa; it was one of the first Tibetan Buddhist monasteries ever constructed in Kathmandu. It is strategically located just behind the Great Stupa at Boudhanath – a centuries-old Buddhist pilgrimage site and the “living heart” of Tibetan culture in the Kathmandu Valley. The monastery has been a place of spiritual inspiration, education, and blessing for over forty years. Many of the greatest masters of our time have giving teachings and empowerments in its main shrine hall and the monastery has served as RYI’s remarkable home since its establishment in 1997.
When it was originally constructed, the monastery was intended to house a maximum of 108 monks. Today, over 300 monks live in very cramped quarters without modern facilities.
Nepal’s April 2015 earthquakes caused catastrophic damage to the whole building complex and assessments by expert architects and structural engineers have revealed widespread cracks throughout its main load-bearing structures. The monastery must therefore be taken down and rebuilt, and retrofitting work is also needed on the new monks’ quarters to the Northwest of the site.
Although the Ka-Nying community has suffered a great loss, rebuilding will provide an opportunity to build a stronger monastery large enough to accommodate the increasing number of monastic and lay practitioners wishing to take part in various events throughout the year.
The process of designing a new master plan for the monastery is being led by Dutch architect Peter Oudshoorn in consultation with local building contractors and the monastery’s lamas and senior monks. Six design options were prepared and used to stimulate discussions on priorities among the monks and wider sangha. To quote Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, “I would like to have all people who have a connection with the existing lhakhang and monastery to be able to give their input.”
A key challenge ahead is preserving the three magnificent statues in the lhakang that were made by hand from clay by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. So many people feel such a strong connection to them that it is seen as important that they be preserved if possible.
Finalization of the master plan was completed in Spring 2016 with detailed design work and construction of the new monastery due to start shortly afterward.
Your generous donation will help finish construction of the new living quarters and classrooms for the monks and rebuild the monastery.
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