Tashi Lhunpo Monastery Library
The Monastery Library was established in 1983, and is instrumental in preserving Mahayana Buddhist Philosophy. A Library Committee has been established, and the monks have free access to books and other resources. Construction of the new Library is now under way, and will allow the students to be able to study the texts and scriptures freely. We are still appealing for funds for this project to complete not only the building, but also for furniture, shelves and other equipment. Please see Library Project here for details.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery School
Monks join the monastery sometimes from as young as five years old, and receive a modern education in the Monastery's School They not only study Tibetan language, grammar and literature, but also maths, science, English, Hindi and social studies. The older monks are given the opportunity to learn Chinese, and there is a special project for the senior students to study Science with Buddhism alongside their usual philosophy. There are around 200 students in the school, which has classes up to 8th Grade. The children take public exams each year, as well as tests in the monastery.
Tashi Lhunpo Monastery Dispensary
The Dispensary offers free treatment to the monks, lay people and anyone who visits from the local area. Opened in 1998, the Dispensary is staffed by a monk trained as a nurse, and supported by lay professional medics and nurses. When further financial support is available, the monastery hopes to extend the services offered, both to the monks and to the local people.
Shi Kham Kun Kyab (Over Spread Paradise) Incense is made from 48 medical herbs gathered in Tibet and the Himalayas. The method of preparation is the same as the ancient technique followed in Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in Tibet. Shi Kham Kun Kyab incense is recommended for soothing the nerves, providing a sense of security to aid peaceful and perfect meditation, a pleasant smell and to improve the clarity of vision of the mind.
As the land around the monastery is improved, it is possible to grow more vegetables, which helps to keep the costs down. An irrigation project was installed with underground boreholes so that a plantation of Silver Trees, to be used as timber once matured, could be planted. The food provided by the monastery is all vegetarian, and cooked in the central kitchen, and monks eat in their own private rooms or houses. Breakfast is provided during morning prayers in the monastery, and usually consists of butter tea and tsampa (roasted barley flour) or bread. Lunch at 12 noon is normally rice and dal or vegetables, and supper is at 6pm, and usually thukpa or soup with noodles. For the recipes used in the monastery, please see our Cookbook in the Store here.