Monastery school in India destroyed by fire
Dhamma Dipa International Buddhist Academy
Manu Bankul, Sabroom, South Tripura, India
In order to preserve and promote the Buddha Sasana in India, a monastic educational institution, Dhamma Dipa International Buddhist Academy (DDIBA) was establishedi n Tripura, India, in March 2007. One hundred eighty novices, 10-14 years old, began studying there. On June 24, 2008, the three residential viharas were burned down. No one was injured, but the monks and novices lost everything, except the robes they were wearing..

Buddhists in Tripura are a small minority, less than 1%, and are socially and economically disadvantaged. From the beginning, there was opposition to DDIBA by some non-Buddhist groups. There had even been a threat to destroy the academy. The Buddhist community of Tripura, however, strongly supported the academy and cooperated to make it a success in spite of the problems. All their hard work was reduced to ashes in just a few minutes by the disastrous fire.

Without help from the world Buddhist community, it will be impossible for the small group of Buddhists in Tripura to rebuild the academy. It is especially urgent because Vassa, the three-month rains retreat, will begin on July 17

As Founder and Director of the Dhamma Dipa International Buddhist Academy, I humbly appeal to all Dhamma brothers and sisters for generous contribution to reconstruct the only Buddhist monastic educational institution in Tripura.

With Metta,
Ven. Dr. Dhammapiya

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Estimated cost for Reconstruction of Dhamma Dipa International
Buddhist Academy
For 180 residents

Two residential viharas with galvanized corrugated iron sheet roof, concrete floor, and woven bamboo walls @ approx INR 300 per square foot.
(INR = Indian rupees)

A
6000 sq ft
=
INR 1,800,000
=
$45,000
B
3900 sq ft
=
INR 1,170,000
=
$29,250
Total
=
INR 2,970,000
=
$74,250
Cot
(INR 1500)
INR 270,000
=
$6750
Bedding, including
mosquito net
(INR 1000)
INR 180,000
=
$4500
Table and chair
(INR 500)
INR 90,000
=
$2,250
Books, paper,
pencils, etc.
(INR 500)
INR 90,000
=
$2,250
Set of robes,
2 sets each
(INR 500)
INR 90,000
=
$4500
Total
INR 3,780,000
=
$94,500
Total
INR 3,780,000
$94,500
If you wish, you can make a donation directly to Dhamma Dipa via bank transfer.

Bahujana Hitaya Education Trust
State Bank of India
Agartala Branch,
West Tripura, India
Acoount No. 1091503764
Swift Code: SBININBB476

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