Setting up the statues for blessing: May Lein Ho unboxes statues that His Holiness Karmapa will bless at KTD for visit sponsors. The statues were the kind gift of a special sponsor, and were filled at Karme Ling Retreat Center by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche and the KTD lamas.
From left, Stephanie Marco, May Lein Ho, and Anne Hulett arrange statues in the Amitabha shrine room for His Holiness’ blessing.
As the Manjushri statues were weighted a bit more to the back, they would tip over easily, sending a line of golden bodhisattvas scattering like dominoes if they were snagged by a sleeve or tipped over. Setting them up from the back was just the right strategy!
The stacking took several hours, and everyone pitched in to help.
Here, from left, Amy McCracken, Lama Losang, Lama Tsultrim Yeshe and Lama Zopa Tarchin take part in the project.