Fundraiser Spotlight – The Swayambhu Retreat House Restoration Project

Andrea Abinanti shares:

For the last several years I have been wanting to start the Retreat House Restoration project on Manjushree Hill, a World Heritage Site in Swayambhu. With the kind support of Tara Dhatu, as well as some pushing from the Federation of Swayambhu Conservation and Management Committee to be part of the ‘living museum’ plan as quickly as possible, Manjushree Pragya Gyan Vihar Sangh organization is now ready to begin a fund raising campaign.

If you have friends or know any organizations that might be interested in supporting this project, please share this page.We thank you for your interest and generosity in helping to bring this project into fruition!


Click the link below to find out more about the project and how you can make a tax deductible donation for a great cause!!

The Retreat House Project on Manjushree Hill in Swayambu, Kathmandu, Nepal is for the purpose of restoring five houses for practitioners to retreat and live in a secluded, holy area.

The buildings were originally built in the 1930’s. Since that time, nuns, monks, and lay practitioners have been using the buildings despite the houses being in various states of dilapidation. Two of the houses have become completely unlivable and the other three, if not restored, will soon be dangerous to live in.

About seven years ago a local supporting group formed the Manjushree Pragya Gyan Vihar Sangh Organization to be the caretaker of the houses and the restoration project.  Andrea Abinanti, our Tara Dhatu representative in Kathmandu, has been living in one of the houses for over 25 years. As part of the organization, she has appealed to Tara Dhatu to help her assemble the funds to support the rebuilding of the houses.

When renovated, there will be rooms that will be available for short term retreats, as well as for those who come to the monastery next to the houses, for teachings and to participate in monthly full moon ceremonies.

Manjushree Retreat House Intro PDF

Full Project Details & Cost PDF

As a Tara Dhatu sponsored project, all donations are tax deductible. You may pay with a credit card by using the donate button here.


Or, you may pay by check made out to Tara Dhatu.

Send the check to:

Tara Dhatu

P.O. Box 63252

Phoenix AZ 85082


Please send an email alerting us of your donation to

Be sure to indicate it is for the Manjushree Retreat Center. If you would like a letter for your tax files let us know.

Great merit is generated by supporting people to retreat and to engage in dharma activities. We are so blessed to be included in a project like this. Wishing all prosperity and success to Andrea and the Trust in manifesting the means and materials to accomplish the renovations.

Om Tare

Tara Dhatu Council of Trustees

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