Shugsep Temple Floor

Thanks to many generous donors, this project has now been fully funded. Thank you! Here is an updated report with new photos.

Shugsep Temple Floor Project

The temple is the heart of Shugsep Nunnery and Institute, a Nyingma nunnery in India that is home to about 90 nuns. In 2017, a massive insect infestation destroyed the wooden floor of the temple and its support structure. It needed to be entirely replaced.

This was a massive job and we are extremely grateful to all the donors who generously gave to the $35,000 campaign to restore the temple for the nuns.

hole in Shugsep temple floor

When holes started appearing in the temple floor, the nuns hoped they could contain the damage.

Initially, the nuns had hoped that they could contain the damage. A 20-square-foot area of the floor was taken up in 2017, the wooden supports removed and replaced, and the flooring put back.

However, on further inspection, it became clear that the infestation had spread and that whole floor needed to be taken up, the underfloor replaced, and the new wood treated with insecticide before re-installing.

In April 2019, we received more photos of the repair work.

Shugsep temple floor repair

Three photos showing the new support structure for the Shugsep temple floor after the old floor and its base was destroyed by termites.

workers repair Shugsep temple floor

The huge job of repairing the temple floor would not have been possible without the generous support of Tibetan Nuns Project donors.

Here are earlier photos of the repair work that we received in November 2018.

Shugsep Nunnery, temple floor, repair work on floor

A worker repairing the support structure and floor at Shugsep Nunnery and Institute. The temple is the heart of the nunnery.

Shugsep temple floor

The entire floor and it’s support structure needed to be replaced.

Shugsep temple floor,

Outside the main temple at Shugsep Nunnery. Shugsep Nunnery was re-established in India by the Tibetan Nuns Project. The original Shugsep Nunnery in Tibet was completely destroyed in the Cultural Revolution.

Shugsep temple floor repair

Tiles at the altar area of the nunnery. Shrouded behind the blue plastic are precious items.

About Shugsep Nunnery

Shugsep is a Nyingma nunnery which, in the previous century, was the home of one of the most illustrious female practitioners, Shugsep Jetsunma. After the Cultural Revolution in 1959, the Chinese authorities forced the nuns to leave Shugsep and it was completely destroyed. Although the nunnery was rebuilt in the 1980s by the nuns themselves, they faced frequent harassment.

In order to preserve their tradition, many of the nuns escaped from Tibet and established themselves in temporary accommodation in Dharamsala. The new Shugsep Nunnery was constructed by the Tibetan Nuns Project in Sudher village below the main town of Dharamsala and was graciously inaugurated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on December 7th, 2010.

The majority of the 85 nuns now studying there come from the original Shugsep Nunnery in Tibet. Here they have the opportunity to participate in a 9-year academic program of Buddhist philosophy, debate, Tibetan language, and English.

We always post our Current Needs here:
To help other urgent projects you can:

  1. Make a gift online – see below.
  2. Call our office in Seattle, US at 1-206-652-8901
  3. Mail a check to:
    The Tibetan Nuns Project
    815 Seattle Boulevard South #216
    Seattle, WA 98134 USA

Make a Donation