Lama Tsultrim Yeshe: Building Sustainable Puja Tables From His Own Walnut Trees

13641168_1069949249754080_1462714865567075516_oLama Tsultrim Yeshe is a Lama of many accomplishments; among these is building furniture, in this case puja tables for use in Tibetan Buddhist prayer and chant practice. He lives and has the Karma Thegsum Choling dharma center in Ridgeland, Wisconsin.

These photos show his process for building the sustainable puja tables that he donates to KTD during Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche’s yearly Ten-Day Teaching. (Usually they are auctioned.)

Lama Tsultrim Yeshe starts with the tree: sustainably harvested trees, his trees from his land – see photo of the neighboring farmer with a sawmill sawing up one of the logs. 

Thank you Lama Yeshe! Karmapa Khyenno!


13988253_1090627921019546_2288064376878379031_oI just made 3 puja tables that will be donated to KTD for fundraising during the ten day teaching. The last few years they have auctioned the puja tables I donated. They are solid walnut. They are about 26″ wide, 12 1/2″ deep and 15″ high. I do not make them to sell, I let KTD handle that, so please don’t ask me. Also, they can be disassembled for shipping. I’m shipping all three out in one box.




I use wood from trees on my land. There is a picture of a neighboring farmer with a sawmill sawing up one of my logs.


The other two pictures are of young walnut trees. The bare trees are about 35 years old and the smaller green walnuts with me in front are 15 years old. There are many more young walnut trees not pictured. All the trees in the last pic are older walnut. So it is sustainable.

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