A cultural center for the Sumthrang tradition

Buthan_Sumthrang monastero

TARGET

Preserving and passing on to the new generations the cultural and spiritual tradition of Sumthrang and integrating it with a modern academic training.

WHERE THE PROJECT TAKES PLACE

Bhutan, Sumtrhang village, at an altitude of about 3100 meters above sea level in the Ura Valley, Bumthang district.

WHY WE ACT IN THIS AREA

Bhutan is known for its rich culture and Buddhist heritage, but there is no institution that integrates traditional Buddhist monastic education with a modern academic approach.

Most of the temples are empty, with no monks or nuns, because monastic institutions only provide traditional monastic education without supplementing it with further studies that can help beneficiaries find job opportunities in the lay community.

WHAT THE PROJECT CONSISTS OF

The project involves the construction of an educational center to transform the monastic college into an institution that will preserve traditional culture, monastic education and cultural values, integrating it with modern academic tools and ethical values. It will provide all students with a modern and spiritual education to have better opportunities to find suitable work once they leave the monastery, at the same time an education closely linked to the ethical values of the Buddhist tradition will be promoted. The nuns and monks will be guaranteed a training strictly linked to spiritual teachings.

The planned activities are:

  • Construction of a building with dormitories, an office, an apartment for the teacher.
  • Construction of a three-storey multifunctional building: two of these dedicated to student accommodation and the ground floor for the kitchen and canteen. The total area of the building is about 200 square meters and includes a library, a building with seven classrooms, a hostel for teachers and temporary students, toilets and showers, a courtyard for performing ritual dances and other relevant cultural and spiritual activities.
  • 7-day feminine personal hygiene training with a female doctor who is an expert in women’s health and hygiene. Hygiene and health kits will be provided to each participant (soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hand sanitizing gel, chlorine, washable cotton pads).

The direct beneficiaries of this project are the 50 students who in the coming years will attend the courses and teachings held in the new educational center and 7 teachers. The indirect beneficiaries are the 50 families of the students, the 7 families of the teachers and all the inhabitants of the villages of Beteng-Pangkhar-Sumthrang, Ura-Doshi and Shingkhar which amount to 190 families for a total of almost 1000 people.

Local partner: Bhutan Nyö Foundation, implementing partner of this project, a religious organization registered with the Commission for Religious Organizations (CRO) since October 2017 under the law of the Religious Organization of Bhutan.