Office and library block – a stepped facade had been built below the first floor library and carvings will be added around the windows and columns; the upper walkways are being enclosed with windows, the library and office floors have been laid and supporting columns below the new stepped structure are being strengthened.
Painting the whole of IBA – it’s been fascinating to watch these painters nimbly climb flimsy bamboo scaffolding to paint the exterior walls
Basketball court – our basketball hoops being reinstated
Office and library block Retrofitting of all floors is nearing completion
Courtyard Marble is being laid where the verandas were damaged by the earthquakes
Entrance way Here are the new inscriptions under the inner archway
Dormitory block The basement and bathroom plumbing have been completed
Office block The ground floor walls are being bricked up, while the first floor library walls are being demolished to allow retrofitting of the columns
Entrance way The entrance way has been painted and new inscriptions are being added under the inner archway
Office block Retrofitting and shearwalling of the main admin offices are coming along steadily
Dormitory block The bathrooms have been tiled, but the plumbing is yet to be done. The floor of the new manager’s office has also been tiled
Office block Columns in the manger’s office are being retrofitted and strengthened, with much of the work being done by hand
Dormitory block The external work now needs to be painted, while inside some rooms are looking good, but the bathrooms still need a lot of finishing
A new manager’s office on the ground floor of the east dormitory is also shaping up
Office block Work has started on the office/library block with walls being demolished to expose the columns
Dormitory block Major construction on all floors is nearing completion. There is still the plastering, painting and bathrooms to be done
Dormitory block The basement is near completion while work continues on the floors above
Entrance way – lotus petals as well as the central sdom btson dam pa and chu srin are being constructed. See the separate page in this section for an explanation of these.
Dormitory block – retrofitting of columns is almost complete in the basement and is under way on the ground floor. Shearwalling (strengthening the walls with concrete) in the basement is also nearing completion
Dormitory block – columns continue to be exposed
Entrance way – the main structure is complete, now elaborating has begun
During his brief visit early this month, His Holiness Sakya Trizin inspected our repair progress
Shrine room – happily we are now able to use the shrine room as per normal for prayers and ceremonies
Dormitory block – walls are being knocked out of rooms on the first floor of the foreign students’ dormitory to expose the columns for retrofitting
Formwork has been put up around the bolstered columns for further strengthening as shear walling, while excavation to expose more columns continues.
Shear walling has begun with concrete being poured into the formwork.
Dormitory block – metal work (re-bar) for the foundational concrete slab is being laid
Excavations to expose the in the basement columns have proceeded and retrofitting has begun with steel supports and ties put in place
Entrance way – is continuing to take shape
Dormitory block – The main repair work has started – retrofitting the dormitory and office/library blocks. This means the walls and floors have to be cut away from the supporting columns, which are then rebuilt in a much stronger, earthquake-resistant fashion. Beginning in the basement, the work will gradually move up to the fourth floor. It could take more than a year till completion – we have to wait and see!
Entrance way – Work has restarted on the entrance way. The design for our new entrance was created by one of our more artistic monks.
Shrine room entrance – The passageway outside our shrine room, at the top of the stairs, lost its ceiling during the earthquakes. This has now been repaired.
Main shrine room – We have repaired the ceiling and floor of our main shrine room. The April 2015 earthquakes had caused the original ceiling to collapse, damaging the floor. Both have now been restored.
Perimeter wall – Our perimeter brick wall was left leaning dangerously out over the surrounding street, so it was vital to repair it quickly. This has been achieved.
Entrance way – Our entrance archway collapsed and the gates were damaged. Reconstruction has begun on these, but has been halted due to problems caused by the current disruption to the flow of materials from India into Nepal.