Waouw, can’t quite believe it’s almost been a month already since the consecration. The update has been VERY long in coming. The blessings were very powerful. And the come-down has been strong too. Emerging back to balance, here is an account of the day from Jennifer Kim, project manager of Big Love Day:
On May 8, our silent ridge transformed into a joyous amphitheater to celebrate the life and Big Love energy of Lama Yeshe. Tom Waggoner and his team made the finishing touches on the cremation stupa, as hundreds of people descended upon the land to consecrate the stupa and rejoice in all our virtuous activity during and after Lama’s passing.
We were graced by the holy presence of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, as well as by Osel, Yangsi Rinpoche and Geshe Dakpa. We were also extremely fortunate for long-time students such as Ani-la Ann McNeil, Sister Max, Nick Ribush, and Peter Kedge to make the long journey here to celebrate this special day with us.
Fortunately, the rain clouds were held at bay on this and prior days. However, a beautiful rainbow manifested above the stupa in the sky, shortly after it was finished — leaving us wondering … what other unseen beings were part of this event?
Beautiful torma, food and flower offerings adorned the stupa while three esteemed monks from the Gyuto Vajrayana Center led the consecration. This beautiful ceremony and tsog offering was followed by a heartfelt, joint request from the centers of the FPMT Bay for Lama Zopa Rinpoche to stay an extended period of time in the area and teach.
Afterwards, the korwa (pathway) of the stupa transformed into a stage, where students were able to make music, dance and performance offerings for the enjoyment of our holy Lamas and for all attending.
Many people stayed afterwards to feast on home-cooked Indian food. Our precious Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Yangsi Rinpoche dined in our Gompa and kindly received students, while others had fun reminiscing, catching up, and making new friends. The Gompa later transformed into a dance hall with DJ for those wanting to dance the night away.
Finally – after hours of basking in blissful, loving energy, creating beautiful energy anew, and dedicating it towards the happiness of all sentient beings – Vajrapani transformed back into a (somewhat quiet!) retreat center – ready to serve Lama Zopa Rinopche and devoted students wanting to learn about the Nyung Nae practice.
Wow – we did it! We ALL did it! Looking back at the unfolding of events, there were so many opportunities for this event to have never been able to manifest. Were it not for the dedication of Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and all their disciples – manifesting enlightened activity and supporting the dharma in so many ways -we would have no opportunity to rejoice and create fresh stores of positive energy for the future.
With sincere gratitude, we thank all those who helped bring Lama Yeshe’s consecration stupa to life, all those who helped make Big Love Day possible, and all who came to celebrate with us.
Hope you may enjoy the photos.
The stupa and stupa site are close to completion. The artwork remains to be done, as well as final hard and soft-scaping including putting asphalt down on the parking area so we can transform the Stupa Ridge into a pedestrian zone. The remaining work is estimated at $10,000.
You can donate now to sponsor the stupa project or to sponsor the most precious relics of all, the Dharmakaya relic mantras which will fill all four stupas. Out of 4 million, about 800,000 have been sponsored so far.
May all who contribute in any way to this project reap the fruit of pure guru devotion, the root of the path to enlightenment, and may all their temporal and ultimate wishes be fulfilled.