I am thrilled to announce the completed restoration of the historic residence of a lineage of Rinpoches from the Drigung Kadgyusect of Tibetan Buddhism.
The residence has stood in Boudha , Kathmandu for decades where it served as a halfway house for refugees and has been occupied by three generations of lamas who wished to convert the house to a full fledged Dharma center for Drigung Kadgyu teachings. See attached photos of Choezen Kulchen Rinpoche praying from the rooftop of the house after this spring’s chain of earthquakes, with the Stupa for Granting Wishes in the background (under repair), and photos of the repair work taking place. During excavations on the house an ancient mask of the Lion-headed Dakini was uncovered among other items.
I am honored that the ground floor cafe (which will employ local people and provide funding for humanitarian projects throughout Nepal) has been dedicated to my and Michael Garvey‘s parents along with a dedication plaque to the memory of my beloved Princess (Himalayan Consensus founder Laurence Brahm knows he can get me to raise funds for any project in Tibet/Nepal if he somehow includes Princess in karmic prayers!).
Thanks also to Mary Sewell and family for their generous donation to this project. All those who have donated to our Tibet projects have their names/dedications engraved on a plaque outside the lamas’ prayer room in the Bouda residence (if you’d like to make a donation at any time, please contact me as the dedication/daily prayers by monks makes a lovely gift for a loved one or in memory of someone special in your life.)
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Below are the first few photos of the ground breaking in Kathmandu for the renovation of a historical building which has been in the same Rinpoche’s family for generations and which will be the future headquarters and base for the Himalayan Consensus Institute.
Amazingly during the excavation last Saturday (a Buddhist auspicious date for both Dakini and Naga deities) of what will become the cafe garden we discovered both an antique Dakini dance mask and a snake-shaped wood (see below), which is all deemed most auspicious for the project. Blessings!
You can still be a major part of this very special preservation project by donating funds for a specific part of the building (a permanent plaque and daily prayers can be dedicated for whomever you wish in whatever part of the building you wish to donate funds for renovation).