Inauguration of Water Storage Tank in India
The inauguration ceremony of a new "Water Storage Tank" sponsored through the Pathgate Partnership Programme was conducted by the Ven. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche on the 19th August at Palyul Choekhorling Monastery in Bir - a village in the Dhauladhar foothills of the Himalayas in the western region of the state of Himachal Pradesh in northern India. This monastery was established in 1980 by Ven. Rigo Tulku Rinpoche and follows the Palyul Nyingmapa tradition as taught by His Holiness Penor Rinpoche.
Home to over 200 monks, the monastery offers free education, lodging, food and medical care to all the ordained sangha there. Having a water supply to the monastery, for years meant relying on water being collected directly from the mountain stream. With the number of monks living at the monastery increasing year by year, water shortage became a pressing issue that needed to be dealt with urgently. In response to a request from the monastery to Lama Dondrup Dorje Rinpoche, funds needed for the construction of a water tank at the monastery were offered through the Pathgate Partnership Programme. The completion of the “Water Storage Tank” with a capacity of 50,000 litres will play an important role in easing the problem of the water supply at the monastery for a long period to come.