I am writing this note to update you on our White Tara Shrine to be raised on Sept.1, 2013 in the Main Shrine Room at Karma Triyana Dharmachakra. To create this Shrine, we made 155 White Tara , with a 24” White Tara statue to place on the very top (a gift to our precious teacher, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche).
The rest of the 154 statues are of three different sizes: 6”, 8” and 12” and two styles: fully-gold plated and partially-gold plated.
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the 154 fine statues have all found a home.
We’ve got donors from many states in the USA, as well as donors from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Shanghai China, and London. Several of KTD’s Karma Thegsum Choling city centers and Lama Karma’s Ngondro Group also have pitched in. Individual statues have been sponsored by students as a prayer for the longevity of His Holiness the14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, and the precious lineage teachers such as the Twelfth Tai Situpa, the Fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, the twelfth Goshir Gyaltsap Rinpoche, the ninth Kenchen Trangu Rinpoche, Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche, Garchen Rinpoche, and also the swift return of our late Traleg Kayabgon Rinpoche. For a person who has been involved from Day One in this project, it has been a long, challenging, but very rewarding, campaign that has taken us this far.
Many of you are getting ready to attend the White Tara retreat (30 August and 31 August), and the final White Tara puja and party to celebrate Rinpoche 90th birthday (1 September). Usually this period of time is allocated specifically for our annual KTD Ten-Day Teaching. Khenpo Rinpoche himself picked this time to raise the White Tara Shrine and for his birthday party. He told me there were many dedicated students who come from different places once a year at this time to KTD to listen to his teaching. It also seems to be also the only chance for Rinpoche to see them – once a year. He picked this time for the project simply because he will be very happy to see his students at KTD and he does not want them (especially, the regular participants who have been coming to the Ten-Day Teaching for years) to miss the wonderful occasion to be together with him and everyone else for his 90th birthday celebration. Although the traditional Ten-Day Teaching will be cut short by three days, we all will have a chance to practice the White Tara together and also appreciate the White Tara Shrine.
Rinpoche will be in charge of creating the Shrine (he personally filled all the statues by himself without any assistance). In addition, the shrine will be surrounded by100 sets of five traditional Buddhist offerings. Flowers, Incense, Lamps, Perfumed Water and Food will be offered to make our Shrine even more spectacular. I know we all are “squeezing” our wallets this year to obtain statues, to make the trip to the Ten-Day Teaching, to pay for the teaching, etc. But if you would like to sponsor a set of the five traditional Buddhist offerings, please visit this website for details.
Meanwhile, for donors who have already sponsored a statue, I am compiling a list of names for whom donors would like to dedicate merits. Rinpoche will bless all the people on my list. Later on, I will present the list to Rinpoche and request his blessing at the Amitabha retreat in December. If you are a statue donor, your names are already on my list. If you want to add more names, please email me the names at your earliest convenience.
There are no words that I can use to express my deepest gratitude for your generous support. Whether you sponsored a statue, read our stories about the project, or just rejoiced in the merit of this amazing White Tara Shrine and its creation, I think this is the least “service” I can do to say “thank you all!”
I am planning a short gathering (tentatively some time on 31 August) for the statue donors on-site at KTD so that I can prepare you to obtain “your” statue after the 1 September puja. All the statues will receive a new khata scarf to be wrapped around the statue, thanks to a dear friend who would like to make this offering to all our statue donors!! If you will be at KTD to receive your statue, please bring along some packaging materials so that you can take the statue home safely. For those who need me to ship the statue to your home afterward, please keep in touch if there is any address change.
Once again, thanks a lot for your participation. Although KTD has no more rooms for accommodation, it is still not too late to register for the retreat/puja. The donation toward the 24” White Tara statue will remain open until 1 September. See this entry we posted on Facebook recently. I am passing it along to share with you.— May Lein Ho, Coordinator of Friends of KTD, KKR Loving Kindness & Compassion
To our beloved Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche: Words cannot adequately express our gratitude to you. Thank you for all you have done for the lineage; thank you for personally filling 155 White Tara statues, day and night, one by one, with boundless compassion and blessing! May all great Dharma teachers live with longevity and health like White Tara; may the blessing from all our precious gurus be with us all the time till nirvana! Come join us at August 30 – September 1st to celebrate our beloved Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s 90th birthday!