KEY PROJECT GOALS
- To preserve the endangered Tibetan/Sherpa culture, their heritage, language and Buddhist traditions by rebuilding and restoring the Deboche convent
- To involve the nuns and local community in this effort
- To construct new buildings that will serve as examples of earthquake resistant, energy efficiency and sustainable design and construction.
The Deboche Project is an organized effort to restore and make viable one of the oldest and most significant cultural treasures in the Himalayas. In order to achieve success, this mission has to go beyond providing basic assistance for its community of spiritual practitioners. In addition to restoring the existing convent, especially the damage caused by the recent earthquakes, we need to build a new nuns’ residence and a meditation/ teaching center that will provide the opportunity for short and long residential programs, as well as individual retreats and community involvement. We do not see why the 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 place home. With financial assistance from concerned foundations, corporate sponsors and compassionate individuals, Deboche can become an exemplar for 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.
Laura Rose, head of the ten person team from the Architects Without Borders, and Mingma Tenzin, Project Coordinator discuss design options with Deboche resident nuns.