Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns Progress

Tsoknyi Nangchen Nuns Endowment Fund Distribution to Gegya Monastery Reconstruction Project

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~ Reported by Kunsang Nyima, 11/6/2013

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The Gegya Monastery is the largest nunnery in Qinghai Province, and it belongs to the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This well known nunnery has more than a 100-year history and is considered to be a very important monastery in both the Qinghai and Sichuan areas. The monastery is located about 390km from the Yushul prefecture seat. Due to heavy rains and accumulating underground water over time, much of the grand prayer hall’s structure, constructed out of wood and earth, has fallen into disrepair. Because of the resultant wood rot, the first floor main structure, containing the main prayer hall and supported by wooden pillars, began to sink into the earth, creating the potential risk of collapse. After consultation with local architects, we learned that the only way to save the main building was to tear down the old grand prayer hall and rebuild it anew.

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Reconstruction started in May 2012 and is expected to be complete by July 2014. There are now over 100 construction workers laboring at the site–among them are approximately 30 skilled workers hired from both the TAR and Sichuan. To date, the project has received a total of 370,000RMB out of the 1,240,000RMB committed by Tsoknyi Rinpoche and distributed via The Bridge Foundation. The initial grant was used to purchase construction materials and pay the workers. There is no government financial support for the project. Gegya Monastery is looking forward to receiving the balance of the grant money pledged, so that construction can continue as planned.

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Thank you very much!

Location:  Watsor Village, Nyigyiser Township, Yushul Prefecture, Qinghai
Population:  2,000 in Watsor Village;  Semi-agriculture/semi-pasture
Total Project Budget:  3,860,000RMB;  Support from TBF: 1,240,000RMB
Fund Received from TBF:  370,000RMB in two disbursements