Thanks to generous donors, this project has been fully funded. We will report back shortly with news and photos of this project.
The nuns at Dolma Ling Nunnery need help to finish and furnish a special new multi-purpose building at the nunnery. This three-story building will house the nuns’ committee meeting room, additional staff quarters, accommodation for senior nuns, three storage rooms and a two-vehicle garage.
The Nuns’ Multipurpose Building Initiative
This building was undertaken by the nuns themselves who require their own meeting room, accommodation for senior nuns and store rooms for the nunnery. As the nuns are increasingly managing the running of the nunnery themselves, the elected committee requires a larger meeting space which can also receive visitors who come to offer for the prayer services. This room will have sufficient cupboards in which to store the nunnery files and materials.
In addition, storage has for some years been a major issue at Dolma Ling, with materials for building maintenance as well as extra furniture, mattresses and kitchen materials taking up five nuns’ accommodation rooms in the first wing. This new building provides three very large storerooms which will provide ample storage space, freeing up the rooms to accommodate a further 10 nuns in Dolma Ling.
In response to the urgent need for more staff and teachers quarters as the Dolma Ling Study Program develops, it was decided to take this new building up one more floor, thus adding five additional staff quarters in the building and bringing the total number of residential units in the building to seven.
Furnish and Finish the Multipurpose Building
In order to complete the building, the nuns require the aluminum windows and wooden doors which are yet to be made. The eight bathrooms in the building do not yet have toilet seats, wash basins, or shower sets; neither do the kitchens have sinks, faucets etc. The electrical fittings including lights, switches, plug points, geysers, and fans are to be purchased and installed. The staff and teachers’ accommodation will be furnished with simple wooden furniture like we have used in previous staff units. Each room requires two beds, a closed closet, and a shrine. Easy chairs, a coffee table, and a writing desk and chair will be provided in five apartments whereas the two small single units will have a useful kitchen units and shelving. In one room, a kitchen partition made out of wood framing and plywood is required. The rooms will all be provided with mattresses and curtains.
The nuns’ meeting room is designed to have lots of shelving and cupboards as well as a desk and plenty of sitting benches and low tables for guests. The sitting benches will require mattresses and seat covers.
Total cost: $35,000