It’s been three months since Lama Yeshe’s Cremation Stupa was consecrated. You may remember, to be ready for the day, Tom W. and his crew performed a pretty formidable last minute sprint. It was an inspiring tour de force, indicative of a devotion so strong it knows no obstacles too great. The stupas were consecrated but much remained to be done, namely the artwork and landscaping.
So since May 8, we’ve been progressing towards completion of the overall site, slowly manifesting a vision worthy of Lama’s radiance. We’re managing financial constraints and our fundraising efforts are still underway. Our fuel throughout has been our wish to honor and repay our teacher’s infinite kindness.
Gelek, Land of Medicine Buddha’s former resident artist, painstakingly developed the artwork. Multiple Buddhist symbols, rich in meaning, now adorn the main stupa. Like a small-sized precious gem, the result is breathtaking.
The stupas now complete, our next step is to tackle the landscaping, essential element of the overall experience. Being at the heart of Vajrapani’s Retreat Ridge, the main driver is to support an atmosphere of contemplation and reverence. Students from around the world will be able to do retreat in a spiritual hot spot where earth meets sky, nature meets beauty and silence and space support meditation.
A friend of Vajrapani and master landscape designer, Robert Ketchell, joined the team to help us manifest this vision . Robert explained: “The ridge area may be thought of as a hand, palm upwards, cradling the stupa, which is the visual focal point of the area. Thus the intention is to draw on this element and develop its potential. Another image is that of a drop of water falling onto a calm surface, creating a series of ripples radiating out from the centre.”
We’re starting on the landscaping at the end of this month – working with indigeneous plants and integrating rock arrangements as a basis to create partial concentric circles radiating out from the center.
Financially, our projected final cost for the project is $92-$95,000. We have raised £85,000 to date. Our shortfall is currently $7,000-$10,000. We are appealing to all to help us raise the final amount to bring this project to completion. To help us raise these funds, sponsors of $500 and above will be offered two free nights in a cabin to enjoy the Ridge experience.
Help us raise the final $10,000. You can donate now to sponsor the stupa project. Any donations of $500 and above will be offered two nights in a retreat cabin to experience the completed site.
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.