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Deboche Nunnery Convent Destroyed by Earthquake

  • deboche Overhead view of Deboche Nunnery Convent. Photo Mingma
  • deboche Deboche Nunnery Nuns
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The Deboche Convent is the oldest convent in the Mount Everest region and the nearest to Mount Everest.

Let The Deboche Convent Rebuilding Begin!

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Photo Credit: Joe Swain, Mingma Sherpa, and Mount Everest Foundation



Photo Credit: Joe Swain, Mingma Sherpa, and Mount Everest Foundation



Photo Credit: Joe Swain, Mingma Sherpa, and Mount Everest Foundation



Photo Credit: Joe Swain, Mingma Sherpa, and Mount Everest Foundation


Photo Credit: Joe Swain, Mingma Sherpa, and Mount Everest Foundation



Photo Credit: Joe Swain, Mingma Sherpa, and Mount Everest Foundation



Photo Credit: Joe Swain, Mingma Sherpa, and Mount Everest Foundation



Photo Credit: Joe Swain, Mingma Sherpa, and Mount Everest Foundation




Updated Deboche photos by Dan Mazur, 07 Nov, 2015.

  

  

  

  

  

Updated Deboche photos by Mingma Sherpa, 25 June, 2015.

  

  

  

  

Photos from Deboche Nunnery, which is damage by Earthquake hit on 25th April: 

Ani Dolma, one of the Deboche Nuns, stands amid destruction in the main prayer hall.  Women's dormitory with a blown out wall. Mount Thamserku in background

  

Water is still flowing well through the 1500 metre - mile long water line at Deboche Convent. Real wall of prayer hall with beams protruding through upper right hand corner.

  

Prayer hall entrance with main entry door now bowed out a half metre. North wall of the prayer hall seems to have somehow survived

  

Middle section of small house has dissappeared, with end cracks. Last few remains of Ani Nawang Pema's house where she meditated for 50 years before passing to the next life

  

Half of the toilet collapsed. East wall of prayer hall collapsed

  

Destroyed condition of the prayer benches in the prayer hall. Damaged small house with steel roofing harvested to patch other structures.

 

Women's dormitory with the end torn off and holes blown through the front. Close up of end of sleeping quarters torn off. Ani Dolma unlocks the door to the prayer hall. Above her head you can see the half metre bowing out of the portico.

The Deboche convent is one of the oldest houses of Tibetan Buddhist worship in the Himalayas. It is located in the village of Deboche near the beautifully restored monastery of Tengboche in the Khumbu region of Nepal. For decades trekkers to the land of “the abode of the snows” have noted the beauty of the valley where Deboche is located. It has long been considered a "beyul" a spiritual sanctuary and protective valley watched over by powerful deities,. Weary climbers make it a habit to stop and greet the resident nuns, to share a cup of tea and receive blessings before they move forward on their journey. They are enchanted by the simple beauty of the place, but also aware of the nuns’ constant struggle to survive. They note that the beautiful buildings of the convent have begun to disintegrate and are in desperate need of repair. Yet, most continue on their way to summit heights and soon forget Deboche’s plights.

The Deboche team came about in 2006 in response to this call and has joined hands to restore and to update the convent for current residents and for a new generation of Tibetan Buddhist practitioners.

We envision a living museum of an authentic Buddhist culture and practice. We also see the place as a sanctuary of history for the local community where they can meet, practice and share the ancient and new wisdom of their rare, but significant world. The much needed infrastructure and construction of Phase II will give resident nuns a home that protects them from winter cold and the harsh environment of the Himalaya. It will also allow them to grow their community of nuns. Without such basic improvements, the Deboche convent shall not survive,

The founders of the Deboche Project; Mingma Tenzing Sherpa, Nepal-based Project Coordinator, Marcia Macdonald, Project Leader and Dan Mazur, a supporter of the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development in Nepal, recognize the importance of saving Deboche from the ravages of time and neglect. We have begun work and are continuously working on raising funds for basic improvements of installing water lines, providing sanitary facilities, adding new wood burning stoves and making repairs to roofs, windows and crumbing walls that serve as homes for the residents. To date, with limited private donations, the Deboche Project and its supporters have accomplished the following important capital improvements:

A view of the Deboche Nunnery and surrounding valley (Marcia Macdonald).  Nuns made a special prayer ceremony wishing good luck to our team at the Deboche Nunnery. Ani Dolma, Mia and Squash enjoying making new friends at the Deboche Nunnery (Dan Mazur).
  • Installed a 3 kilometer water line to the monastery and the nearby village
  • Constructed two green houses to extend the growing season and to provide fresh vegetables for the nunnery and local residents
  • Replaced and repaired damaged windows, walls, and roofs of the convent buildings
  • Built two sanitary facilities with composting capacity
  • Installed new seating mats for the shrine room
  • Installed a new large cook stove for the kitchen and three small wood burning stoves in the nuns’ quarters
  • The small kitchen/dining area has been insulated with plywood which also allow a limited number of residents to use the area for study and recreation
  • Provided weather proofing and insulation for three of the nuns’ living quarters
These repairs and improvements have been overseen by Project Coordinator, Mingma Tenzing Sherpa. All finances have come from private donations to the Deboche Project. The Mt. Everest Foundation has been involved in both the planning stages and the hands on work done at the nunnery. These projects have been executed between 2006 and 2013. In addition, the Project team is working on the following organizational and development needs:
  • Have finished a Community Survey to identify needs and connections that will guide the development of the convent (a copy provided upon request )
  • Recruited services by the Seattle-based Architects Without Borders for a plan to restore, upgrade and expand the overall infrastructure of the convent
  • Have received detailed designs, site analysis and construction perimeters for Phase I, the restoration of the Prayer Hall, Phase II, the nuns’ residence, and Phase III, the mediation/teaching center
  • Have hired a respected teaching nun who serves as the lead monastic teacher for the convent
  • Have received a detailed report by Mingma Tenzing Sherpa on our continuing efforts for the physical improvements of the convent.
  • Created a visual diary of the Deboche Project and its importance to the survival of this area of the Himalaya
  • Have produced two videos: ( YouTube , Big Umbrella, Deboche )and Dana Berenson Photography (sent on request)
  • Are developing a plan for several levels of fund raising and sponsorships to bring the convent to the 21st century while restoring its fragile history
  • Have identified Nepal based prospects for grass roots funding required to upgrade the physical facility and maintain the daily welfare of the nuns
  • Have formulated a basis for a detailed budget for the renovation and construction of all Phases of restoration.
  • Have engaged the services of a reputable General Construction Manager to oversee construction projects,
  • Have filed for our own 501(c)(3) IRS tax exempt status
  • Have submitted a pre-proposal for funding with the American Himalayan Foundation who is waiting further design and budget studies.
This is the continuation of an organized effort to restore and make viable one of the oldest and most significant cultural treasures in the Himalayas. We realize that a success of this mission has to go beyond basic assistance for the community of spiritual practitioners. What is needed is a restored convent, a new nuns’ residence and a meditation/ teaching center that provides an opportunity for short and long residential programs, individual retreats and community involvement.

We envision Deboche to become a spiritual, social and economic resource for the community. While we do not want to overstate the importance of supporting female monastics, we realize that a convent can offer local families a place to practice, teach, learn and connect in new ways to offset the isolation of this beautiful part of the world. The Dalai Lama speaks often of the days when Tibet chose isolation over world connection but he notes that that is no longer wise or possible, because the world has become our home.

The Tibetan/Sherpa community has benefited greatly from the educational and health projects initiated by the beloved Sir Edmund Hillary. Today most young people receive at least some education but the need for ongoing and continued education for the young and old is still significant. The new Meditation/Teaching center could be a place to provide these teachings. This spiritual education is most certainly key to the preservation of culture, language and the Buddhist tradition of the region.

Culture is dynamic and ongoing. The Deboche convent, with a growing community of nuns who can live and prosper both spiritually and physically, would add a new, living culture that is not endangered by rapid change and migration toward metropolitan centers due to the isolation and limited local economic opportunities found in the Khumbu.

As we dream of this place of learning, practice and sharing we can also envision related environmental projects that would incorporate solar power to heat homes, harness hydro power, recycle trash for energy accumulated by seasonal visitors, develop ecologically sound designs for sanitary systems and provide programs to continue reforestation of the Everest region. With the innovative, eco-conscious designs created by Architects Without Borders the projects that will be undertaken at Deboche stand to be exemplary in all these critical areas.

 We do not see why a growth of a spiritual community should not be married to a greater awareness and honor of this scared land, and the community that lives and calls this land home. With financial assistance from concerned foundations, corporate sponsors and compassionate individuals, Deboche can become this exemplar for such a green place of both human and spiritual pathways. It will become a catalyst for the preservation of the endangered Tibetan/Sherpa culture, the honor of threatened Himalayan heritage and the discipline of Buddhist spirit.

We are grateful for your consideration of this request, and look forward to speaking with you further, and to work with you to create a circle of resources around Deboche that will allow it to expand and deepen over time.

With kind regards,

Marcia Macdonald and the Deboche Project Team
 
 
  
  
  
  
 

 
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Photo by Mingma Sherpa.
 
Recent News of Deboche Nunnery:
 
Certificate of Deboche Nunnery Land and Blue Print of the land where  Deboche Nunnery situated. Photo Subodh Shrestha. Close look of Deboche Nunnery blue print. Photo Subodh Shrestha.
 
Government Certificate of Deboche Nunnery Land and Blue Print of the land where  Deboche Nunnery situated. Photo Subodh Shrestha. Close look of Deboche Nunnery blue print. Photo Subodh Shrestha.
 
Preliminary map of Deboche Gompa Map detail
 
Preliminary map of Deboche Gompa. Map detail. back to top
 
Overhead view of Deboche. Photo Mingma Sherpa
 
Overhead view of Deboche. Photo Mingma Sherpa
 
Looking over the new map and discussing next steps forward. Leaving Pumori. From left, Murari (Mount Everest Foundation), Nate Janega, Rajendra & Suvod (Pumori), Dan Mazur.
 
Looking over the new map and discussing next steps forward. Leaving Pumori. From left, Murari (Mount Everest Foundation), Nate Janega, Rajendra & Suvod (Pumori), Dan Mazur. 
 
Observing the blue print of Deboche Nunnery. From left Rajendra Pradhan – Engineer, Subodh Shrestha, and Mingma Sherpa. Photo Subodh Shrestha. 
 
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Plan View of Gompa..   Sketch of West Face of Gompa.
 
Sketch of East Face of Gompa Sketch of North Face of Gompa
 
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Sketch of South Face of Gompa Recording & Surveying by team. Photo Murari Sharma
 
Sketch of South Face of Gomp. So many laligurasn to record. Flower. Can you tell us this flower name. Photo Murari Sharma. Recording & Surveying by team. Photo Murari Sharma
 
 Recording a foot bridge Recording a prayer boulder
Recording a foot bridge. Recording a prayer boulder.
 
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This building is in use and needs some work. Photo Murari Sharma Recording & Surveying by team. Photo Murari Sharma
 
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Team roster at Deboche Nunnery after project recoding and Surveying finish. Photo Murari Sharma Team roster at Deboche Nunnery after project recoding and Surveying finish. Photo Murari Sharma
 
Team roster at Deboche Nunnery after project recoding and Surveying finish. Photo Murari Sharma. Team roster at Deboche Nunnery after project recoding and Surveying finish. Photo Murari Sharma
 
View from the South-East West Face of Gompa
 
View from the South-East. West Face of Gompa. back to top

One of the Deboche convent houses which requires refurbishment. Team with Marcia MacDonald

Ani Nawang Pema, the oldest and most famous of the Deboche nuns, has been meditating for 50 years (Marcia MacDonald). Anis work in the kitchen preparing a meal around their wood cook stove (Marcia MacDonald)

Nuns making hot milk tea in the new kitchen provided by the Mount Everest Foundation. Nuns pose in the doorway of the convent (Justin Dickinson of the Big Umbrella).
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