In 1961, when the Bon leadership and a group of faithful monks and religious Bonpo walked out of Tibet across Asia to settle in exile, they acquired, with the help of the Catholic Relief Services, a beautiful but rugged piece of land
in the village of Dolanji in northern India. With back-breaking work, determination, and courage, their Tibetan Bon camp became Menri Monastery, a place of refuge that is now the world center of Bon. Over the decades,
Menri Monastery has become a "shining city on a hill" serving monks, nuns, children, scholars, practitioners, and visitors from all over the world. This treasure stands in a region where geological and climate changes are a constant threat.
Preserving Menri boils down to maintenance and repair.
Everybody knows that finding money for maintenance and repair is not easy. When, after a wet winter, we discover a leaky roof or mold in our kitchen, we know we must act -- even if we would rather spend our money elsewhere. But most of us have never faced the problems that can arise from a leak caused by a monsoon or a fissure from a mudslide.
The health and safety of our monks, nuns, and children are threatened every time their buildings crack, become invaded by termites, or are covered in mold. We must help.