In 2009 we launch a specific project for the reconstruction of Galenteng monastery in East Tibet. Donations and sponsorship for this project can be made directly through our links.
Galenteng monastery is considered to be one of the most important Tibetan cultural centres in East Tibet.
It was founded in the IX century by Lha Lung Dpal Gyi rDorje, a student of Padmasambhava, who took refuge there after the assassination of the king of Central Tibet, Lhang Dharma. Established by the Nyingmapa, subsequently it was annexed to the Sakyapa order by the regents of Derge. Still today it is characterised by its combination of practices of these two traditions.
On 9 February 2009 a fire broke out in the evening when the monks had all assembled in the temple for their evening practice led by Khempo Tashi Choepel. It blazed through the new part of the College, finished in December 2008, completely destroying it. The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained; it could have been started by a short circuit, a candle or some other cause. Fortunately no monks were hurt, but the 20 rooms of the College were razed to the ground. Some of the old rooms of the College were also destroyed, and were demolished with dynamite to stop the fire spreading throughout the College.
Finally the last wing of the College flanking the Temple still remains to be built, to serve as accommodation for the Master Kyentze Rimpoche, as well as a second hall for the Teachings. Reconstruction of the College is very important, above all at such a difficult time when the very survival of the culture of the Tibetan people is seriously at risk.
Reconstruction of the College is a difficult commitment because of project management on-site and considerable financial burden, which is estimated to be about 117.000 Euro. We want to highlight the importance of this project and remind you here of the words of Chogyal Namkhai Norbu :
“The monastery of my uncle teacher, is the monastery called Galingteng. We built a very nice college of study on top of the monastery. After new year I received a communication from there, that half of which we built new, finished in December, is burnt in a fire. I dont know what happened, nobody knows still, they are doing research. But we should rebuild this. We dont know how we can rebuild, because it is expensive, but we should, we have to do it. So I want to ask people, ask everybody to help ASIA to rebuild this, because it is necessary, we couldnt leave it that way.” (14 april 2009)
The smallest commitment from all of us will be enough to give new life to this sacred place.