Sunkani village in Sindhupalchok is host to the 300 year old Tashi Choeling Monastery or ‘gompa’ of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Founded by Semchey Rinpoche and renovated by Kripo Lama in 2005 B.S. (Nepali calendar) Tashi Choeling is now a community-based monastery, cared for by the Tamang communities of different wards, with fifteen Lamas from the Gompa Committee.
Since being damaged in the earthquake Tashi Choeling has so far received no help. The community is seeking funds from government and private organisations to rebuild the monastery and enlarge it by building a school for monks. Right now the gompa is severely damaged, and 5 stupas (4 old and 1 new) are completely destroyed. The gompa needs tin sheets for the kitchen building and help with repairing and replacing statues and ritual objects that are now in very bad condition.
Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche visited the monastery during his tour this summer and was moved by the destruction. CGLF has been able to donate 30,000 rupees towards repair and replacement, helping to preserve an important and vibrant cultural centre.