Gonpa Renovation 2022-2023

Gonpa Renovation 2022-2023

Merigar East is located in the lovely countryside near the Black Sea in Romania and is a place where all the people interested in Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen can get to know these teachings and apply them collectively in a beautiful place.

The Gönpa newly built in 2012

In 2010 the Gönpa was built with its unique octogonal design and a monumental, wooden, diamond-shaped roof. Its colourful decoration, with traditional buddhist motives – mainly floreal  – and tibetan characters and mantras, was completed in 2012 with the the help of many volunteers from all over Europe. 

Tibetan Master Chögyal Namkhai Norbu visited it several times and gave many important teachings here, ensuring a continuity in the Dzogchen transmission and making it accessible to everyone. 

Built 12 years ago, the Gönpa is located close to the Black Sea and exposed to humidity and sometimes also strong winds. These conditions have left their marks and have taken their toll. The inner walls on the North East side show many cracks, the plaster is crumbling down and there are big humidity stains.

35 young artists and helpers from Italy, China, Romania, Slovakia and Czech Republic learned the secrets of Tibetan decorative arts by participating in an artistic camp in the summer of 2022 and will be back to finish the paintings in 2023. They painted, meditated and did yantra yoga, under the guidance of Tibetan arts & astrology expert Migmar Tsering. Check out the video!

After completing the wall repairs, plastering and the external decorative paintings, the volunteers continued decorating ceiling, transforming the building into a unique piece of Tibetan art in Romania.

The ceiling was decorated and needs to be finished – fully painted with Tibetan letters and Buddhist symbols – in 2023.

You can support this project by visiting our centre (do contact us so you can get the best of it), by volunteering to paint (if you are skilled and you are able to work at height) and by donating and accumulating great merit!

With the donation we cover the travel, food and accommodation costs for volunteers and trainers, our personnel who takes care that everything runs smooth, the materials and the repair works.