The nunnery was devastated by the 2015 Nepal earthquake.

Shri Sengedrak Ngedhon Samten Choeling Retreat Center, a Kagyu nunnery, was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal and surrounding areas. This nunnery, located on the border of Nepal and Tibet (on the Nepal side), is under the guidance of Zigar Monastery Abbot Tinley Dorje who is one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachers and has been offering Rinpoche precious oral transmissions for the past two years in Tso Pema, India. 

In 2017 Tinley Dorje requested that Lama Zopa Rinpoche support the rebuilding of this nunnery. The nuns had been living in temporary shelter in modest conditions. Following the earthquake, construction was needed for thirty-five retreat houses, one main prayer hall, a retreat house for the abbot, and five standard toilets. The FPMT Social Services Fund offered three grants totaling US$185,000 for the rebuilding of this nunnery.  This is an incredible way FPMT can support ordained Sangha, and nuns in particular, who are not exclusively from the Gelug tradition. 

Kitchen and retreat house severely damaged by the 2016 earthquake.

Sangha offering puja where the new nunnery is being built.

Please rejoice that this grant has been offered so that the nuns can continue their monastic life under better, safer, and more condusive conditions. In a letter accompanying the final grant, Lama Zopa Rinpoche said the following to the monks and nuns of the monastery and nunnery: 

I don’t have much to say but in short I want to request all the monks and nuns who are disciples of Kyabje Sendak Rinpoche [who founded the monastery and passed away in 2005] to practice according to what Rinpoche has advised. In order to attain enlightenment, practice the root of the path, guru devotion, by developing the faith of seeing Kyabje Sendak Rinpoche as the embodiment of the Three Supreme Jewels. With that single-pointed devotion, the actual action based on living in harmony and pure morality, practice according to Rinpoche’s teachings and thus get enlightened joyously without having any fear now, at time the of death, and in all future times and places all sentient beings, who have been our mother since beginingless lives and guided us with great kindness, into the state of enlightenment.

The new nunnery is under construction thanks to three grants from the FPMT Social Services Fund.

To date, US$1,714,864.78 in grants has been distributed from the FPMT Social Services Fund toward rebuilding and disaster relief following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.


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