Mindrolling Monastery Renovation

Prepared by: Mindrolling International News Staff
Published on: 18 August 2012


Main Monastery of Mindrolling

Demolition of an old structure

Demolition of an old structure

Due to earthquakes, monsoon rains and severe weather conditions, combined with the fact that the building materials available at the time were of poorer quality and funds at the time of the initial building were limited, many of the facilities have sustained major damage with cracks, leaks and deterioration of structures, doors and windows. The aspiration for the coming months is to destroy old structures, rebuild and renovate buildings, replace all doors and windows, update plumbing and septic systems and improve safety and suitability of all buildings for the monks residing at Mindrolling. The repairs of the outer fa├žade of the monastery and the walls and the building of newer structures around the great Stupa of World Peace are also underway.


Ngagyur Nyingma College

Old structures in many areas of the monastery are being renovated

Old structures in many areas of the monastery are being renovated

Reconstruction of the Ngagyur Nyingma College of Mindrolling is also going on. The first phase of demolition of the old living quarters and the temple has begun. Many cracks, leaks and poor construction materials of the older buildings and the need for more housing necessitated the rebuilding. Former repairs were not effective and following several discussions and meetings it was decided to demolish the older buildings and reconstruct the entire Shedra. The new complex will also cater to the increased number of monk studying at the Shedra. Plans include the build of 87 rooms, a larger temple, kitchen and dining area. The project is estimated to take 2-3 years to complete.

 

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Interior work begins

Interior work begins on the other buildings of the monastery

Repair of interior plasters

Repair of interior plasters

Repairing damage done by earthquakes

A great deal of work needs to be done to properly repair damage done by earthquakes

All door frames are being replaced

All door frames are being replaced

The front facade of the main monastery under construction

The front facade of the main monastery under construction

Restoration of the Potala Palace mural

The large mural depicting the great Potala Palace on the back of the main monastery is under complete renovation to restore it to its original beauty

Demolition of the Shedra and older buildings

More demolition of the Shedra and older buildings on the Mindrolling campus

Demoltion

Demolition of other structures at Mindrolling

Demolition

Demolition of other structures


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