Current Problems and Needs:
Right now the monastery has a total of 80 monks included 20 newly arrived monks from Himalayan regions. In addition to Tibetan monks, the monastery also has monks from Himalayan regions of Nepal, Ladhak and Lahul Spiti. The monastery consists of main prayer shrine hall, one school and dormitories for monks to stay. For the past few years the monastery is facing severe shortage of funds to take care of the daily expenses of administering the monastery which has resulted in problems like poor food, shortage of water, poor housing facilities and bad health condition of the monks. Such problems have disturbed the normal spiritual activities of the monks and have created hurdles in their monastic studies.
Goals and Objective:
Therefore to solve these serious problems in our monastery and improve the living conditions of our monks, we are proposing this project title “Dirru Monastery Project” which has the following goals.
• To improve the water and sanitation facilities in the monastery.
• To improve the housing conditions of the monks in this monastery.
• To provide well balanced food and nutrition to the monks of this monastery
• To promote health and wellbeing of the monks by providing medical support.
• To develop adequate infrastructure to promote modern education among the monks.
• To promote cleanliness of the monastery’s surrounding and nearby environment.
• To promote and facilitate recreational and creative learning’s facilities for the monks
Following are the main activities of the Dirru monastery project.
Improvements of food and nutrition
Improvements of food and nutrition: The monastery provides pure vegetarian food to all the monks. However, due to shortage of funds, the menu is quite poor and we are unable to adequate balanced diets consisting of fruits and variety of vegetables. Even though the lunch and dinner menu is quite ok, however the breakfast menu is very poor and there is a need to improve it. Therefore, we are proposing to improve food and nutrition particularly the menu of breakfast for the monks. We would like to add: cheese, fruits, milks, eggs and porridge in addition to already existing Tibetan bread
Improvement of monks’ education
Improvement of monks’ education: Since the monks live in 21st century, it is highly important for them to attain modern education so that they can interact and live at equal terms with other civilized members of the community in this modern era. The monks receive mainly spiritual and monastic education about traditional Tibetan Buddhism along with day-to-day spiritual rituals and practice. However, it becomes increasingly important to impart modern education to the monks for their overall holistic development. Therefore, We are planning to upgrade and strengthen the existing school to up to class 12. We plan to formulate a relevant curriculum for the school along with recruitment of 6 qualified teachers, establishment of library and computer laboratory along with other necessary facilities. The monks would receive certificates of passing exams from the school after the completion of their studies.
Recreational and creative learning program for the monks
Recreational and creative learning program for the monks: Since the monks have to spend long hours in prayers and spiritual practice, it is very important to develop recreational and creative learning activities for them so that they can be more refreshed to carry on their monastic responsibilities. The proposed project would include organizing of sport events like football and basketball along with badminton within the monastery campus. However, the monastery doesn’t have sport’s materials and infrastructure to carry on these activities. The proposed project would work towards development and maintenance of a playground, procurement of football, basketball and badminton rackets along with Tshirts for the monks to wear during these activities. In addition, the monastery would build a collection of educational and documentary films on Tibet, which will be shown to monks during the weekends. The project would also purchase Buddhism and Dalai Lama books for the monks to read during free time. Forever, the project would encourage monks to engage in creative witing and drawings by providing them relevant materials like pen, paper, watercolors etc.
Monks dormitories in a poor condition.
Repair and maintenance of dormitories: Most of the dormitories where monks stay have been constructed many years ago without proper planning and hence they are in poor condition. There are problems of cracks in walls along with drainage of water inside the rooms from the roofs. Therefore, we are planning to repair the old dormitories of the monks to solve these problems. In addition, we would build concrete boundaries around the dormitories along with fenced structures for drying of clothes outside the dormitory.
Provision of medical support to monks
Provision of medical support to monks: Almost all of the monks belong to poor family backgrounds. Most of the young monks belong to remote Himalayan region. Either they are very far away from their parents or their parents are quite poor. Due to these reasons, they are unable to afford their medical expenses when they get sick. In addition, due to shortage of medical funds, the monastery is unable to pay for their medical expenses in specialized hospitals.
Promotion of environmental cleanliness and sanitation in the monastery campus
Promotion of environmental cleanliness and sanitation in the monastery campus: Healthy and clean environment of the monastery is essential for peace and wellbeing of the monks. Therefore, the proposed project would work towards various environmental related issues in the monastery like planting of trees, construction of underground garbage pits, procurement of waste bins, segregation of degradable and non degradable wastes, and organizing environmental cleanliness events once a week.
Outcome of this project:
Through the completion of above-mentioned activities of this project, following outcomes would be achieved.
• The water and sanitation facilities of the monastery would be improved
• There would be improvement in health conditions of the monks through better medical support and well balanced diet.
• The project would lead to a clean and beautiful monastery surrounding.
• The educational status of the monks would be improved.
• There would be increased interest among the monks in creative learning pursuits like writing and drawing.
• The monks would be become more physically fit due to involvement in sport activities.
• Overall, the project would lead to peace and harmony of this monastery and its monastic community. In addition, the project would lead to promotion of spiritual and Buddhist learning activities of this monastery, which is the main purpose of this monastery.
BUDGET ESTIMATED FOR THIS PROJECT:
Items Cost (in Indian Rupee)
*Total cost estimation of the proposed overhead tank at Dirru Sakya Monastery, Bir. (Details proposed estimation of water tank is also attached) Rs. 6,60,686
*Primary cost estimation of the roof parapet. Parapet of 192 feet at the rate of rupees 1300 per feet will cost. Rs. 2,49,600
*Railing inside with three feet height and length of 202 feet long at the rate of rupees 450 per feet will cost. Rs. 90,900
*Cost estimation to improve food and nutrition particularly the menu of breakfast at the rate of rupees 150 per monk for 1 year of total 50 monks. Rs. 2,737,500
*Provision of medical support to monks at the rate of rupees 2500 per monk for one year of total 50 monks. Rs. 1,25,000
*Formulation of relevant curriculum for the school along with recruitment of 6 qualified teachers, establishment of library and computer laboratory along with other necessary facilities. Rs. 5,00,000
*Planting of trees, construction of underground garbage pits, procurement of waste bins, segregation of degradable and non-degradable wastes, and organizing environmental cleanliness events once a week.
*Development and maintenance of a playground, procurement of football, basketball and badminton rackets along with T-shirts for the monks to wear during these activities. In addition, the monastery would build a collection of educational and documentary films on Tibet Rs. 2,00,000
TOTAL ( in Indian Rupee) 4,863,687