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Our Mission is:

A higer education level for nuns and childrens in Spiti Valley. This effort employs the construction of a Nunnery and Primary School. A higher education also means well qualified teachers and educators. We are in an extraordinary effort to accomplish this task. Our mission is to promote secular and religious education for our future generations.

Building for Nuns

Our first step is to build a Nunnery, which is a very important project of the Sapan Foundation. Land has been already allotted at the Kowang Village six (6) km from Kaza; we are trying to solve the studying place problem of Sakya Spiti Nun as soon as possible. Unexpected higher costs have left a need for further funding. Funding still needed is approximately 212,900 USD.

Basic plan of construction and more information follows here... click to enlarge photo of plan.


The construction of the main temple, dormitories, classrooms, library, kitchen, etc., cannot be started because there are no funds available for this project. However fund-raising has begun. This project is on our priority list because the Spiti Sakya Nuns’ community is scattered. Some nuns are living with their parents, some nuns left the nun life. Currently, 14 nuns are studying in the Sakya Nunnery in Dehra Dun. We are worried about those nuns when they return after study, where they will live. Some girls would like to become nuns but without any convent school and temple they are hesitating. It is important for the nuns to have their own place.

Our plan is to introduce a school with a hostel, a small praying place and to provide modern education besides their religious education, for the benefit of the students. This would prepare the nuns for many eventualities as well as equipping them with the ability to face many challenges in an ever-changing environment. For instance knowledge of a foreign language would prove to be useful in communicating with our foreign visitors and in meeting a request for Buddhist teachings and translations.

Furthermore, as it is entirely up to the individual, to choose whether to continue being a nun or not, some nuns and monks have chosen to leave the monastery and to continue their lives as lay people. In many cases, life as a lay person has involved unnecessary hardship because they have had limited modern education.

The period of greatest gain in knowledge and experience is the most difficult period in one's life. Through a difficult period you can develop inner strength, determination and courage to face the problems.” - H. H. the Dalai Lama

Solar Showers Nunnery

The new shower facility with sustainable solar technology is bringing hot water to the nuns for the first time. The solar bathhouse has nine shower units and can serve 50 nuns per day, Funding needed: $US 20,000.

Generator will be necessary for the Nunnery Institute

In Spiti we don't have good enough electricity so therefore it’s very necessary to provide a generator, so that the kitchen, temple and courtyard areas all  will have a generator backup as well. Cooking, praying, and debating time take place regularly during night hours. Total cost: $US 9.650.

AIM & OBJECTIVE

Future plan of foundation is

1. To establish Sapan Karuna Charitable Hospital, Dedicated to the welfare of sick people.

2. To establish Sapan Home for aged and destitute, dedicated to the care and respected of the elderly.

3. To establish Sapan institute for meditation and spiritual calmness.

4. To establish Sapan library and environment preserve act/etc.

5. Sapan women literacy project, dedicated to the empowerment of women.

6. To provide modern education to monks and nuns beside their religious education.

7. To preserve disappearing traditions or culture and religious relics and a museum.

8. One important project is to buy land and build girls hostel in around Kullu valley. This is a new plan of Sapan foundation, because many students had faced complications after finishing their school education.

Compassion and action

"It is not enough to be compassionate. You must act. There are two aspects to action. One is to overcome the distortions and afflictions of your own mind, that is, in terms of calming and eventually dispelling anger. This is action out of compassion. The other is more social, more public. When something needs to be done in the world to rectify the wrongs, if one is really concerned with benefiting others, one needs to be engaged, involved."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama


 
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