Shugsep Temple Floor

Thanks to many generous donors, this project has now been fully funded. Thank you! We will report back as soon as possible.

Shugsep Temple Floor Project

It is now 8 years since Shugsep Nunnery, home to about 85 nuns, was completed. Some substantial maintenance work needs to be done, particularly an urgent problem with the floor of the main temple.

Shugsep Nunnery, temple floor, Tibetan Nuns Project, floor repair

Wood-eating insects have severely damaged the Shugsep Nunnery temple floor and its support structure. This hole is at the side of the room. The infestation has spread well beyond the central area of the floor. Repairs are urgent.

Due to insect infestation, the wooden floor of the main temple and its support structure were badly eaten and needs to be replaced entirely. A 20-square-foot area of the floor was taken up in 2017, the wooden supports removed and replaced, and the flooring put back.

A further inspection showed that the situation with the remaining floor and its supports was urgent and had to be addressed before the infestation spread. The underfloor needed to be fumigated and the new wood treated with insecticide before re-installing.

Initially, the nuns at Shugsep nunnery were hoping that they could just replace the damaged central section. However, it became clear that the infestation had spread across the entire temple floor. The whole floor needed to be taken up and repaired.

Thank you for your help to repair the Shugsep temple floor.

Total cost: US $35,000

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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.