Drukpa Killar Institute
Starting the construction of the Killar Institute, a central project for the Pangi Buddhist Drukpa Association and very dear to Sey Rinpoche. (Summer 2008)
Killar Project has been shifted to Sural Bhatory due to geograhical problem
Purpose of the project
The Killar project has been conceived by Sey Rinpoche to fulfill the repeated request of the local Buddhist population. Killar is located at the meeting point of the five valleys of Pangi, and therefore it is a key place to implement projects that can help the region as a whole.
There, to start with, His Eminence wishes to establish a monastery for at least 35 monks. Already 15 boys have been offered to him by different Pangi families, and are currently being trained in Manali and in Ladakh, with the kind sponsoring of Koay Lay Ching from Malaysia.
But as His Eminence often says, Killar project is not only a monastery. It will be a spiritual Dharma Center and Institute for the lay people as well, to be educated in Buddhism basics and to practice together:
|Sacred Paintings on the Wall of Sural Gompa, built by Sey Rinpoche father's Apho Rinpoche in Pangi, depicting Lord Buddha Shakyamuni and the 16 Arhats.
- Spiritual Education: what is the Buddha, what is the Dharma, what is the Sangha, the importance of compassion, the importance of understanding impermanence, knowledge of selflessness or emptiness, etc. and also to allow the Drukpa followers to understanding what is their spiritual heritage: the glorious Drukpa Lineage of Ultimate meaning.
- Spiritual gatherings: such as celebration of the Buddha Janti (anniversary of the Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana), celebration of the anniversary of the great Drukpa masters of the past (Tsangpa Gyare, Pema Karpo, Drubwang Shakya Sree, etc.), practice of Nyung-Nay, collective recitation of mantras and prayers, etc.
Later, the Institute could also play a major role as a cultural and social centre for the whole Pangi.
In our high Himalayan tradition, monastic organizations had always been the backbone of the various societies and communities. Historically, in nearby Ladakh or Tibet, monasteries provided education, medical care, consultation, astrological information, psychological help and many other different services. In return, the people living in the surrounding of each monastery supported the monastic communities with donations or with their labor. In the modern world, monasteries are now more specialized in spiritual activities (including offering of prayers and teachings), and in keeping the cultural and traditional outfits, although in a remote areas like Pangi, the monasteries, and especially the Killar Centre, could not only keep the traditional functions but even expend its field of beneficial social activities for the community.
Description of the project
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Sey Rinpoche with local members of Pangi Drukpa Buddhist association, discussing about the Killar Institute construction on the site.
The Killar Monastery and Institute comprise two buildings; a temple and a monk’s quarter.
The Killar Temple:
Of 50 x 80 feet size, ithe temple will be endowed with a an altar with the following statues to be erected;
- Lord Buddha Shakyamuni in the middle, 15 feet high, with
- Guru Padamasambhava on his right, and Arya tara on his left, both 10 feet high
- Smaller 5 feet statues, Pema karpo on its right, Shhakya Shri on his left
The walls of the temple should be painted with images of the Drukpa Lineage Masters, including Tilopa, Naropa, Marap, Mila, Gampo, Pha Dru, Tsangpa Gyare, ect as well as images depicting the Buddha’s Life.
Killar project ; machine at work in the highland in 2008
The monks’ quarter
The monks and Lamas quarters will comprise 18 double rooms on 5 storey, and that building will be 60x30 feet.
Beside, the Institute will be endowed with an office as up-to date as possible in the area.
Sey Rinpoche, together with the local Pangi Drukpa Buddhist Association, is working on Killar projects since 2004.
His Eminence went every summer to Killar to encourage and support the people through teachings and all sorts of practical advices for the new Killar Institute.
Joining in the creation of the Pangi Buddhist Drukpa Association
2006 - 8:
Preliminary discussions, preparatory procedures, fund raising.
In 2008, foundation work has been performed along with elaborated spiritual ceremonies.
It is hoped that the project can be completed by 2011, but this fully depends on the available resources.
Five workers preparing the foundation
In 2009, the global estimation of the cost of the project is about 500 000 US $ (current prices).
Preliminary estimate cost for the Monks' Quarters
INR = 14 853 167,- Indian Rupees
US $ = 8283 063 US $ (rate: 50 INR /1 $)
Euros = 247 550 Euros (rate: 60 INR/1 Euro)
Preliminary estimate cost for the Temple and Library
INR = 12 472 555,-
US $ = 225 000 (rate 50$/1 INR)
Euros = 210 000 (rate 60)
Donations from the local people as well as from abroad have enabled the Pangi Drukpa Association to collect about 10 000 US $ by May 2009. In July 2009, Government authorities promised to support the community with about 1000 US $ subsidies. Although more subsidies may be granted to the local community in the coming years, the Institute still heavily depends on private donations for its completion.
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