With great joy we announce the completion of the Sangha Unifying Stupa at Tibetan Buddhist Rime Institute in Melbourne, Australia. Khentrul Rinpoche selected the Stupa of Reconciliation as our first stupa to create as a global community. This stupa represents the time when the Buddha unified the sangha. Our community across the world has come together to make this happen, we thank you all for your effort, generosity and joy which has enabled us to complete the project. This is a tremendous step in us creating the Golden Age of Dzokden dharma together.
Reaching our fundraising goal
We were able to exceed our initial fundraising goal of $25,000, coming to a grand total of $28,953 raised in generous donations through our community across the globe. The $25,000 estimate was the minimum amount estimated to complete the project and did not include the countless hours that Rinpoche and our local Australian community spent on completing the project.
The Making of the Stupa
The Stupa was built by one of our full time volunteers who spent a solid two months full time making the it at Land of Shambhala in Thornton, Victoria.
Khentrul Rinpoche did Pujas everyday for a month to bless the sacred objects that go inside the Stupa.
10 local volunteers many of whom are tradesman helped us level the ground, build the foundation, landscape and paint the stupa. This enabled us to keep the costs to supplies as we did not pay for external labor.
Many other stupa projects from around the world end up costing significantly more than this project. We extend our utmost gratitude to you and all of our volunteers.
The Precious and Priceless Items enclosed in the Stupa
The stupa is filled with countless precious relics, holy texts and statues from around the world which included;
- Statues from Rinpoche’s personal collection which included 1. 24 armed Kalachakra statue 2. A yab yum primordial buddha 3. An Amitabha statue
- Relics from the 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi
- Ashes from Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, master in the Gelug tradition and also known for Kalachakra teachings
- Blessed pills from the 17th Karmapa
- Blessed pills from the Jonang linage in Zhamthang
- Blessed pills from His Holiness the Dalai Lama including vajrakilaya pills and pills from his monastery in Dharamsala
- Blessed pills from Kathog monastery
- Blessed pills from the Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu valley.
- Fragment from the Mahabodhi stupa
Also included were an abundance of items containing the wealth of the world including, many crystals, precious and semi-precious stones, texts, weapons for the dharma protectors, many tsa tsas that represent 100 stupas each, 100’s of thangkas of the Shambhala dharma kings and the Rime Linage Masters to unify the global sangha.
The 21 Taras Garden of Abundance Project Continues
This stupa is the 2nd successfully completed item in the 21 Tara’s garden of abundance project. We have remodelled the garden and installed the prayer wheels in the front and back of the temple.
Our Vietnamese sangha have donated the statue for the Tara statue and completed the initial design specs. The statue will be created once Covid restrictions ease in Vietnam.
We have successfully raised all the funds for the project so far, however there are still opportunities to for you to contribute to. We will have the landscaping to complete, our external temple fence to paint and lighting for the garden to install.
Stay tuned for upcoming volunteer days once current Victorian restrictions ease.