From the first step of the Boudhanath stupa one can
see the Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling also called the White Monastery. The
monastery was severely damaged during the devastating earthquakes of
2014. It is the biggest monastery of Kathmandu but now the main
building is waiting for demolition. A new Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling temple
will be built. Supporting the rebuilding of the heart of the monastery
complex is now one of the projects of the Tashi Delek Society.
In general life in the monasteries is similar to as
before the earthquakes, although there is now much greater
restrictions in relation to available room space. There are more
children in Ka Nying monastery than ever, many of them orphans or half
orphans from destroyed villages in the mountains.
Traditionally children are accepted in Tibetan
monasteries from the age of seven years, usually by their own will or
decision of the parents. Today this is different, monasteries also are
serving as orphanages, children’s homes and boarding schools. The
„children monks“ live like normal children; they run around, play,
laugh, sometimes get dirty, and they learn in school to read and write
and train their minds.
In the main monastery
Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling there live approximately 400 monks,
many of which are children and young novices. Every young monk makes
an effort to qualify as a skilled student at the monastic university.
Apart from fulfilling the basic needs of food, clothing, medical
supplies and study materials, the Tashi Delek Society strives to
support these high expectations by contributing towards qualitative
Our nunnery Nagi Gompa
situated on the Shivapury mountain near Kathmandu was formerly a
monastic retreat place. This changed in the face of the rapidly
growing number of children and young novices to a regular type of
monastery with school and higher studies being offered there. The
number of nunneries are underrepresented in exile, therefore the
support of the nuns is a very important concern of the Tashi Delek
Project „Happy End“:
The retreat monastery Asura Gompa overlooking the village of Parping
near Kathmandu provides a place for old monks and nuns to spend the
end of their lives and prepare for death in good care. It is an
essential feature in an intact culture and especially in the Tibetan
Buddhist culture to attach importance not only on a good life but also
on a good way of dying.
word shenpen means „working for all“, compassionate acting for the
wellbeing of all sentient beings. Originally designed for medical care
(“Shenpen Mobile Health Project”) this project expanded especially
after the catastrophic earthquake to other social activities that
provides assistance for earthquake-victims. Monks, nuns and helpers
carry out these activities.