t’was a grand grand couple of days….

Choden Rinpoche approaching the stupa site

The last two days have been a whirlwind of blessings and joy. On Tuesday Choden Rinpoche joined us in the Gompa to consecrate the stupa items. Before he did his set of prayers, he gave us the White Dzambhala mantra

Consecration altar

oral transmission so we could recite it throughout the rituals. He walked over to the three tables on which we had all the items laid out neatly. He nodded approval and smiled at the unconventional nature of some of the items… how many traditional stupas contain Yodas?!

Yoda-in-a-stupa

Then this glorious sunny morning, driven in Vajrapani’s Rolls Royce golf cart, he visited the Ridge to consecrate the stupa site itself. Then, under the expert supervision of Geshe Gyalten, a dedicated team of Lama’s students old and new had the tremendous privilege of actually filling the base and thrones of these four stupas. All the items that have patiently been collected over the past four months from students around the world got placed inside these holy objects that will remain and bestow blessings to generations to come – Venerable Rene’s snow from Washington state, Tenzin and Elizabeth’s Rocky mountain snow, Karen’s purple men’s shirt and Miracle fragrance, Jennifer’s Chanel No 5, Maureen’s mother’s earrings, our anonymous friend’s diamond, Barbara’s pearl necklace, Scott’s wedding ring, Jan Willi’s key ring and other trinkets, Ram Dass’s metal labyrinth and malas, our Indonesian friends’ holy earth, Nick Ribush’s Kalachakra stupa soil, Richard’s gold dollar, Shealagh’s step father’s gold ring, Venerable Katy’s buddha, Heidi’s mum’s crystals, Venerable Yangchen’s cousin’s Atlantic Water, Kim, Angelica and Jacob’s silver dollars and the list goes on and on, all you out there who made this happen!

The happy bunch after having filled all four bases!

Elaine Jackson, Shasta, Tom and Yeshe at work on the main stupa

Tom Waggoner and Yeshe (Elaine Jackson’s son) then quickly sealed the bases – readying the thrones for more tsa-tsa.

Now we’re on a countdown – 8 weeks to go until Lama Zopa Rinpoche visits Varjapani Institute for the Great Chenrezig Initiation on May 7. That’s 8 weeks to complete the project in its entirety.

Donate now to help us bring this project to completion. Our target as of the February 25th is $16,254.

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.

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One response to “t’was a grand grand couple of days….

  1. This was a wonderful day and we had a great time as you can see! May 8, Lama Zopa Rinpoche will consecrate the completed stupas! All are welcome to attend.

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