|Main Prayer Hall Project|
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery is still one of the smallest and the poorest of the Tibetan monasteries in exile. The Main Prayer Hall, built in 1972 when the monastery was re-established, is unable to hold the monstery's current population of just over 350 monks, and as a result the preservation of the monastery's unique Tibetan Buddhist scholarship remains at risk.
Over the past ten years, the number of students in the monastery has increased, and at the same time the facilities have improved. The new school building has classrooms for up to 193 pupils, the dispensary (which offers treatment to the local people as well as the monks), kitchen and hostel accommodation have been extended and improved, and construction is soon to begin on an urgently needed new Choera or Debate Hall.
However, it has now become necessary to embark on the most important project of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery's existence in exile - a project which reaches right to the heart of the monastery's life - the construction of a new Main Prayer Hall.