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The two Lama Tsongkhapa Disciple statues arrived at Tushita in May 2012. Fundraising began at the beginning of 2009 and took 2½ years to complete (one of them is below left during the construction phase). The project was made possible thanks to 121 kind sponsors who supported the project. Since June 2011 we had been waiting with bated breath for the arrival of these most precious holy objects.
Each part was carefully unpacked and checked (pictured above left), as the statues had travelled all the way overland from Kathmandu, Nepal to Tushita. In September 2012, as the main Gompa closed its doors to the public for the start of the Gompa Painting Project, a team of local builders set about extending the main altar where the new disciple statues would be placed (pictured above centre).
We decided to wait until the most auspicious day for the statue filling, that day being Lama Tsongkhapa Day, December 8th 2012. The preparation, filling and blessing was done by monks from the Gyudmed Tantric College (pictured above right).
The statues had been cleaned and prepared ready for the auspicious day. Rolls of microfilm of both the Four Dharmakaya relic mantra, and the Stainless Pinnacle mantra had been sent from the USA.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche emphasizes the importance of both of these in the filling of statues: “If you ever put 100,000 of the mantra on microfilm or on paper in a statue or stupa, then it’s (the) most unbelievably powerful “boom”, internal and external boom, then internally it becomes Dharma for the mind, so it becomes very very powerful, so it can even be put in small statues or stupas, the technology helps to collect extensive merits.” (Quote from Rinpoche for labelling a box containing microfilm of the Four Dharmakaya relic mantra in July 2010).
As well as the microfilm rolls and the texts, the statues were filled with other precious objects such as, two blessed pills given to us by His Holiness Dalai Lama’s palace, precious pills from the Men-Tse-Khang (Tibetan Medical Institute) and mani pills from His Holiness office; along with blessed earth from pilgrimage sites in India and Nepal.
The Gyudmed monks performed a blessing ceremony for the statues and they helped us arrange for special robes to be made for the statues. On one visit to Tushita, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche had left a very special gold cloth which contains gold thread from the Jokhang Temple, Tibet, to be used for the Gompa. A piece of this cloth has been sown into the existing robes of our main Lama Tsongkhapa statue, as well as the new ones made for the disciples.
We hope to host a special inauguration ceremony for the 2 Disciples very soon, once the ceiling installation work for the mandala prints is finished in the main Gompa.
- Guided Meditation on March 24, 2017 9:30 am
- Movie Day on March 24, 2017 2:00 pm
- Introduction to Buddhism on April 6, 2017
- Guru Puja on April 6, 2017 6:30 pm
- Eight Verses of Thought Transformation / Chenrezig Retreat on April 7, 2017
- Medicine Buddha Puja on April 11, 2017
- Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo – Wheel of Life on April 18, 2017
- Introduction to Buddhism on April 22, 2017
- Insight Into Emptiness on April 23, 2017
- Introduction to Buddhism on May 9, 2017
Tushita is a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. We're located in Northern India, in the forested hills above the town of McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala - the seat in exile of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
Tushita aims to provide a friendly and conducive environment for people of all nationalities and backgrounds to learn about and put into practice the teachings of the Buddha. With this in mind we offer regular drop-in events and courses on introductory Buddhist philosophy and meditation, as well as intermediate level courses and group retreats for more experienced students.
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