TASHI CHIME GATSAL NUNNERY (GOMBA) BIGU VDC – 8 Dolkha, Nepal


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Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake on 24th April 2015, in which over 8,000 people were killed and more than 500,000 houses destroyed. The Tashi Chime Gatsal nunnery was one of them.

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Tashi Chime Gatsal: The site of Bigu monastry litterally means "the joyful grove of fortune and immortality". In 1932, the devoted dharma practitioner Nyima Passang Sherpa asked Sherpa Dorje to built a monastery, giving him the land where it stood until April this year for this purpose.

It used to be the home to up to 80 nuns.

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Bigu2 The epicentre of the second mayor quake on 12th May 2015 was located in Bigu VDC and destroyed buildings already damaged in the first earthquake on 24th April completely.

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Bigu28 The nuns are living now in a shelter in the kathmandu valley in the area of a former carpet factory.The young nuns going to the schools in the valley. They all like to return to the peaceful area in the mountains to live a life dedicated to work and religose practise.

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Bigu29 In 1992 I arrived at Bigu Gompa with two friends. The gompa was not mentioned in any travel guides and there were no real tourist facilities nearby. We found Bigu Gompa on the map of Nepal. We were fascinated by the peaceful atmosphere and the nuns’ daily routine of religious practices and hard work in the fields from the start. After a few days, we walked for two days back to the road head to catch a bus to Kathmandu, accompanied by three nuns. Since then, I have always felt attached to the nunnery and this special place in Nepal. Torsten Frank, President of the Nepali-Deutsche Gesellschaft e.V., "Nedeg"

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The nunnery is situated in the village development committee in Dolakha District 100 miles north-east of Kathmandu. Gompa is the Tibetan word for monastry and the nunnery therefore called Bigu Gompa.

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Bigu30 To reach Bigu Gompa: Travel on a tarmac road close to Kodari. It is then a two-day walk to reach Bigu Gompa. A small road used to lead to the nunnery but was destroyed during the earthquake.

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Bigu5 Bigu Gompa contains one thousand small statues of the Chenrezig. The sixty-one nuns used to perform ceremonies in the main Hlakang (temple). To the left was a mani temple and the library. The kitchen was on the left-hand side. Living quarters were situated at the front and the back.

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Bigu7 The entrance door once welcomed visitors. A guest house was built 2013.

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Bigu31 The nunnery is situated on a plateau at the foot of huge mountains. Tibet`s vast snowy peaks are visible after an hour`s hike uphill. The gompa was surrounded by forests and meadows dotted with beautiful flowers in the Springtime, and where even the occasional white monkey made an appearance

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Bigu32 On the way to the main temple, visitors used to pass a mani wall with Buddha statues and Tibetan prayer wheels.

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Bigu11 Every morning and evenning the areas was cleaned.

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Bigu33 All the houses were placed in harmonie on the plateau.

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Bigu12 On clear days the peak of Gauri Shankar 7,134 m is visible. It is the second highest peak of the Rolwaling Himal range.

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Bigu13 Entrance to the temple.

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Bigu14 Details of the entrance area of the main temple.

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Bigu15 The mani wheel contained one million texts of Chenrezig.

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Bigu17 Homes of the nuns.

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Bigu18 Nuns in front of the houses they built themselves.

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Bigu19 Nuns in front of the beautiful garden.

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Bigu20 They all worked hard to maintain their self-sufficient lifestyle.

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Bigu21 Gesha La in front of the once new kitchen with the solar cooker.

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Bigu22 The nunnery was destroyed by the earthquake in April and its aftershocks.

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Bigu23 Destroyed living houses of the nuns.

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Bigu24 The earthquake hit the nunnery hard.

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Bigu25 Destruction everywhere.

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Bigu26 Let us give a sign of hope that the gompa can be rebuilt and the nuns can return to their beautiful place in the mountains. Please contact us if you’d like to contribute to the rebuilding of the nunnery.

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Bigu27 Contact adress:

Nepal
Tashi Chime Gatsal Nunnery, Kathmandu
Bigununnery@gmail.com

Germany
Nepali-Deutsche Gesellschaft e.V.
namaste_nedeg@yahoo.com

USA
vtomey3@hotmail.com

Schweiz

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