Sewala Monastery Bhutan
The Sewala Monastery in Bhutan was built in 1718 on a sacred Buddhist mountain near the ancient capital of Punakha.
Take the opportunity to help support the 98 young Buddhist monks who live in this magical monastery high in the Himalayas under the guidance of His Eminence Rimpoche Jamgon Truelku. Besides being a place of peace and study, it almost has a role of being an orphanage for boys as many youngsters are left here by impoverished families who do not have the means to raise them. Girls carry much more value than boys in Bhutan, and as such, many young boys and men seek monastic life and Sewala carries the burden of responsibility to care for these youth both as a home and a training school in Buddhist community service.
In turn, these monks undergo disciplined Buddhist training with very little funding by the government. From what we discovered, only 25% of the Sewala Monastery budget is provided by the Bhutanese administration, 75% must come from donations. Besides the basics of food and utilities, structural repairs all must be paid for through donations. You can see in this photo at the right the terrible damage done to the monk dormitory/study hall from the famous Nepalese earthquake in 2015. This ancient building is in jeapardy of collapsing and it is too dangerous for monks to sleep in, creating a a critcal situation for both housing and safety. Professional contractors have estimated repairs to save this building at US$93,124... and the government has condemned this important, historical structure as it is not long before the structure will collapse. As you can see, donations are of the utmost importance now more than ever.
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It is wonderful to see the amazing service that these monks provide to the three local communities in the form of traditional ceremonies for weddings, births, deaths, new home construction, healing, and general emotional and spiritual support for those in need.
The most recent project for Sewala Monastery has been an ongoing series of 7-day prayers for world peace. Day and night all the monks - joined by seniors and dedicated people in the nearby villages - chant and send blessings to all sentient beings around the world for peace. Rimpoche commissioned a special Thangka (spiritual artwork) for this event.
You can see in this photo that he had to devote an enormous room for the months it took to paint and weave this massive silk hanging designed to last hundreds of years and only shown once each year.
This Thangka was shown to a gathering of very high-level Buddhist Abbots and dignitaries - including the King - at the Punakha Dzong on 20 November 2016.
This is a great honor and a demanding undertaking, but a blessing for us all and a wonderful example of the good work that Rimpoche and the monks at Sewala do.
Francesco Garri Garripoli lead the first large study group of foreigners to visit Sewala in October 2016. With the help of Rimpoche and Namgay Dorji, this group of men and women made the arduous trek up the mountain to stay at Sewala overnight and experience sleeping and eating the way the monks there do. It was an amazing and heart-opening experience for both the visitors and the monks alike. If you are interested in joining our next group Study Trip, let us know to find out more. The money from our group given to the monastery was the seed donation to help repair the earthquake damage, but much more is still needed... and time is running out before the damage gets too far gone.
Scroll down below to see how you can make a donation to support Sewala Monastery, the Rimpoche, and the young monks there... and check out the free Meditation in Motion app to purchase recordings of the Rimpoche and monks' prayer chants as another way to support them!
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Your tax-deductible donation below is most appreciated. 100% of what you donate goes directly to the monastery in Bhutan and since all is managed by the non-profit, 501(c)3 CommuntiyAwake organization, your donations are fully tax-deductible. If you wish to place a larger donation than available below, please click here to let us know Thank you.
If you are interested in supporting the monastery by attending our amazing annual adventure to Bhutan April 2020, check out this video below to get inspired and enjoy scenes from our group trip... Please scroll below to support Sewala with much-needed donations in the meantime...
Eggs4Monks Donation - $25
Thank you for your donation of $25 to help support the Eggs4Monks project where we are working to supplement the nutritional quality of the diet for the 98 monks at Sewala Monastery in Bhutan. Your contribution goes to add 4 eggs to the meals of each monk per week. We have still not met our target for the year to ensure each monks gets what they need, but your support means a lot. Kadrincheyla ("Thank you" in Bhutanese!
Donation to Sewala Buddhist Monastery in Bhutan for food and medical expenses
Thank you for your donation of $50 to go toward the ongoing expenses of feeding the 98 young monks at Sewala Monastery in Bhutan and helping to provide an improved diet and medical care for these beautiful monks who help support the communtity with Buddhist offerings, counseling, and ceremony for everything from birth to death services.
Eggs4Monks Donation - $75
Thank you for your donation of $75 to help support the Eggs4Monks project where we are working to supplement the nutritional quality of the diet for the 98 monks at Sewala Monastery in Bhutan. Your contribution goes to add 4 eggs to the meals of each monk per week. We have still not met our target to ensure each monks gets what they need, but your support means a lot. Kadrincheyla ("Thank you" in Bhutanese!)
Sewala Buddhist Monastery Construction Efforts - $500
Your much-needed donation will help to rebuild the temple and monk dormitory and classrooms destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake which has led to these buildings collapsing and being ordered to be leveled by the government in 2019.
Sewala Buddhist Monastery Construction Efforts - $1,000
Thank you - or in Bhutanese language "Kadrincheyla" - for your kind donation to Sewala Monastery in Bhutan. Your heartfelt offering of $1,000 goes to the reconstruction of the 300 year-old temple structure that was badly damaged during the 2015 Nepalese earthquake that also wrecked havoc in Bhutan. Now that the government has essentially condemned this structure at Sewala, it has to be torn down and rebuilt. Bhutanese government law requires reconstruction to be done only in the traditional, "packed earth" technique, so it takes more time and expense than normal. This does of course preserve the historic integrity of what has become one of the most famous monasteries in the whole country of Bhutan.
Thanks to your donation - and those of other caring people - 34 year-old Rimpoche Jamgoen Truelku, head Abbot and Director of Sewala Monastery - will be able to fulfill his dream and destiny to preserve and continue the legacy of this 18th Century Buddhist monastery high in the Himalayas that is home to 98 young monks, most all who are orphans.
Prayers and blessings flow to you from Rimpoche and the monks... and from all of us as CommunityAwake who do our best to help this worthy cause. Please let us know if you would like a receipt for your tax-deductible donation and our accounting department will send you one. Thank you again.
Francesco Garri Garripoli
This donation provides $1,000 US to the Sewala Monastery in Bhutan and gives U.S. and Canadian Tax payers a full, IRS Tax deduction
Sewala Buddhist Monastery - 4WD Truck Donation - $250
Thank you for your $250 donation to help Sewala Monastery in Bhutan purchase a much-needed 4WD truck to access this mountain location and help in emergency medical situations.