Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Bhutan : Library for Talo Shedra

June 7: Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck and Dr. Frederick Paulsen- President of Institute Minos inaugurated the Talo Shedra Library yesteday.

The Tashi Ngasoel ceremony was performed by the lam and the monks of the Talo Shedra. The library was constructed under the Royal patronage of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck with financial support from Dr. Frederick Paulsen.

The two storied library building was constructed at the old site of the Kasa Lhakhang and has two rooms, one on the first floor and one at the top floor.

The top floor open space will serve as a gallery during the tshechu and as a reading room on other days. The ground floor has one visitors room with toilet facilities and one storage room. The top floor also has a huge hall which will house valuable scriptures (sungtens) of Talo monastery collected by successive Zhabdrungs of Talo since the establishment of Talo Sanga Choling Monastery by the 26th Desi Boep Choeda in the 1800s.

The Talo Shedra was established more than 10 years ago and has about 90 monks.

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