The present Ayang Rinpoche is the seventh incarnation of the founder of Ayang Monastery in Eastern Tibet (Kham), which was built more than 400 years ago as a branch of the main Drikung monastery. When Rinpoche visited the area in 2003, he decided that the original monastery was too remote and that the nomad community and the monks would benefit from having it relocated. Rinpoche received permission from the Chinese government to relocate it on the shores of Nying-je Tso (“The Lake of Compassion”), about 3 hours west of Jyekundo (Chinese, Yushu) in Qinghai province. The new monastery has been under construction since that time. Damaged in the great 2010 Yushu earthquake, it is now nearly complete. To see a slide show of monastery photos click here. Ayang Rinpoche will be visiting his monastery for the consecration ceremony, August 8, 2014. To make an auspicious connection with the new monastery and the ceremonies surrounding the consecration, sponsor butterlamps, tsok, tea and bread for the monks, money offerings for the monks and lamas, or ritual offerings (statues, mandalas, bumpas, bowls, capalas, etc.).
We made our goal of $25,000–and more– in only 4 weeks!
Due to the generosity of so many supporters our GlobalGiving Safe Childbirth in Rural Tibet project was fully funded in less than one month. We raised $26,151 in donations and received bonuses totaling $4,500 from GlobalGiving during the June Challenge.
We are so grateful to everyone for making it possible to pay our doctors’ and midwife’s salary for one year and to install electricity in our clinic in Tibet. The electricity will bring light and heat to the clinic, make it possible to freeze and store vaccines and other medicines safely, and to run the ultrasound and other medical equipment. The clinic serves 30-50 people per day, or nearly 15,000 patients annually.
Any additional donations can be made directly to Amitabha Foundation and will go towards further training for our new midwife, clean birthing kits (which cost approximately $50 each, and include soap and a towel for the birth attendant, clean plastic sheet for the mother to lie on, clean blade and string for cutting and tying the umbilical cord, towels to dry the newborn, hat and blanket for the baby, and a 9 month supply of prenatal vitamins.), and a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to replace the ambulance that has served the community since 2007. The vehicle and registration fees will cost approximately $20,000. Having a reliable source of transportation to hospital has already saved several mothers’ and infants’ lives in our community.
We sincerely thank the 250 people who donated and many others who spread our story through Facebook and their other social networks for helping us reach and surpass our $25,000 goal so quickly. Check out photos of the new solar electricity installation here. Because of GlobalGiving and YOU we will be able to pay the balance due for the installation, and get caught up with salaries for our clinic staff.
Here are three guesthouses from whom we received prices and their contact numbers. Please book with them directly, or work with your own travel agent.
Pulahari Monastery / Ananda Sangh (around 7 km from Boudhanath Stupa by main road and less than 1 km by short cut road). It has a very peaceful and clean environment.
Single Bed room with attached bathroom. US$ 20
Single Bed room with common bathroom. US$ 14
Double Bed room with attached bath room. US$ 34
Double Bed room with common bathroom. US$ 24
All the rates are inclusive of vegetarian food. Booking open until fifteen days before inauguration ceremony.
Lotus Guest House (Near Boudanath Stupa)
Single bed room with attached bathroom. NRs. 450 (US$ 6)
Single Bed room with common bathroom. NRs. 400 (US$ 5)
Double Bed room with attached bath room. NRs. 850 (US$ 10)
Double Bed room with common bathroom. NRs. 700 (US$ 8)
Triple Bedroom with common bathroom. NRs. 900
All the rates are in Nepali rupees without food. Booking open until fifteen days before inauguration ceremony.
Shechen Guest House in Boudha, Kathmandu.
They have a wonderful vegetarian restaurant attached to the guest house
To make reservations email:
Mailing Address is:
Shechen Guest House,
GPO Box: 25783
I am attaching here the cost estimate of the wall paintings of Amitabha Foundation Retreat Center in Kathmandu.
Becky Loy wrote:
Many of you have written to find out how you can help the survivors of the terrible earthquake which destroyed the city of Jyekundo (Yushu) in Eastern Tibet Tuesday morning. The epicenter of this earthquake was actually in Rima, the location of Ayang Monastery, as well as the new Amitabha Foundation-sponsored clinic and boarding school.
Her complete update with photos can be downloaded here.