Tashi Lhapug Monastery constructed a new hall of philosophic studies with assistance from Gaden Relief. The hall became a place of intense study and debate in Buddhist philosophy for the monks of Tashi Lhapug.

Tashi Lhapug dates back to the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama, five centuries ago. It was completely destroyed by the communists in the 1950s, but for the past two decades monks have slowly rebuilt parts of the monastery. Literally at the end of a dirt road, there is no one for miles around, except for a few nomads in the summer. Just procuring construction materials is a slow and arduous process, and in winter, the road is impassable for months.

Lumber stockpiled for window construction.

Lumber stockpiled for window construction.

Windows beautifully formed using wooden frames.

Windows beautifully formed using wooden frames.

Using mostly local materials the hall is being built in the traditional Tibetan design. When completed, the monks will be able to pursue their studies in complete peace, free of distraction.

Monks helping workers in the courtyard of the main temple prepare timbers for the new hall. The temple was damaged by earthquake in 2001 and large cracks in the walls have not yet been repaired.

Monks helping workers in the courtyard of the main temple prepare timbers for the new hall. The temple was damaged by earthquake in 2001 and large cracks in the walls have not yet been repaired.

The main gompa is ready for its roof.

The main gompa is ready for its roof.