24 days to go…

Stupa site 24 days prior to consecration

So here we are, today is Thursday 15th April. 10pm. Two hours left to file tax returns. And 24 days left to finish 4 stupas. Well, not quite 24. Count 6 days of weekends, plus 4 days of rain scheduled next week, that’s actually 14 working days. Look at the picture above, taken four hours ago and this gives you some sense of what’s ahead of us.

In 14 working days then, Lama Zopa Rinpoche will set His feet on the Ridge alongside about two hundred of you to consecrate the site. Tom (who heads the construction site) was telling me the other day that his head is so full of details swirling around competing for attention that meditation in the morning is a tad challenging.

Everyday I walk up to the Ridge to review the days progress and discuss details with Tom. Daily the team inspires with new details – samples of acid wash for the stuco bases; new path outlines for the korma; prayer flags hung; sanskrit lettering on the thrones; gold leafing; and lighting details – hours and hours of lighting detail discussion.

Jennifer, Tom and Heidi

The construction is just one aspect. The other aspect is the planning of the event itself. Meet Jennifer – former Office Manager – who is now project managing the entire Big Love Day (aka Consecration Day). On the left of Tom is a glowing Heidi, Vajrapani’s Spiritual Program Coordinator who has the task of organizing all the ritual aspect of this day as well as the Great Chenrezig Initiation and Nyung Nae Commentary (May 6-10), and the 14 other retreats we are hosting this year! Not a small job.

These are heros, three heros amongst the 11 other heros on Vajrapani’s staff that deserve to be named again and again and again – Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi and resident monk Venerable Jangchup, Anil, Jacob, Quinn, Orion, Steve, Angelica, Ben, Carolina, Judy – a couple handful heros amongst the many thousands within Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT mandala. And like Tom keeps on reminding his crew and all those he meets – all this we do for others – your donations and encouragements, the building, the planning, the party and after-party – all this is to help others. Tonight, my heart is overflowing with gratitude and joy.

Join us for Big Love Day.

There is still time to donate now to sponsor the most precious relics of all, the Dharmakaya relic mantras which will fill all four stupas.

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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