Dear Friends in Dharma,
In Darnków we look forward to spring, which is coming very slowly this year. Fortunately, snow had already melted away, the area slowly dries up and it gets warmer so soon we will be able to start work planned for the spring:
- finish (plastering and painting the walls) of the new dormitory.
- refreshment of gompa building - we hope to wash the façade, also we would like to paint rooms in gompa.
- and the most important investment - construction of water intake:
Before winter we had drilled a well and now, before the summer season, we have to complete the installation - install the pump and connect a new approach to our water system. The old well is still working and now provides water for the current needs, but as you remember from last year, there is a lack of water when there are many people in the centre. The new well will be included into an existing installation, so the centre will be powered from two sources. In the future, we plan to build water tanks which filled with water during the low water intake will be a reserve for eventual dry years. We hope that such an extended water intake will solve problems with water we have had so far.
We are very grateful for your previous donations for water and again we turn to you with a great request for financial support for the second stage of the well construction.
The cost of current works is about 9.000 zł:
- 5.000 zł - pump with suction tube and its assembly
- 1.500 zł - well casing: concrete circles with lid, pipes, valves
- about 700 zł - excavator - digging circles, trench for pipes and electrical installation
- about 1.500 zł - electrical installation and connection for a new pump
We request very much for donations for this purpose, without new water intake we will not be able to organize retreats and the first one will be in late April.
Preliminary schedule for this year:
27 - 30 April - Chöd retreat led by nuns from Bhutan monastery Pema Czoling (details on our website - www.khordong.pl)
From 10 July - XXI Butterlamps Offering Ceremony
From about 7th August - retreat with Chhimed Gyaltsen Rinpoche - the date of Rinpoche`s arrival and the subject of teachings is in the process of setting. This year Rinpoche would like to come to Darnków with a khenpo from Khordong monastery who will teach Byangter after Rinpoche`s departure.
Unfortunately, a drubchen will not be held this year - the monks from Shimla are not able to come to Poland because they have a lot of work related to the cremation ceremony of H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche (which will take place on 28 October).
In the autumn we plan a retreat with Tulku Dakpa Rinpoche, but the deadline is not yet set - we will inform you. We were inviting Rinpoche for the summer, but he can`t come this time because of his trip to Tibet.
Information about all courses will be posted on the Association website as soon as all details will be determined.
Greetings from Darnków,