Pema Choeling monastery has stood above the village of Phakding for more than 500 years. Those trekking from Lukla to Everest Base Camp will have glimpsed it between the trees of the quiet forest at an altitude of approximately 2700 m. These days the monastery is home to 21 monks and 15 ngakpas (buddhist practitioners).
Two representatives from the monastery came to the CGLF office on June 7 to meet with Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche. Since the earthquake the monks, none of whom were injured fortuantely, are sleeping outdoors alongside precious scriptures and shrine articles evacuated from the building and kept safe beneath a plastic cover.
The shrine room has been badly damaged and monks quarters have partially collapsed. The monks are are eager to start the reconstruction.