Sep 6, 2012
The following letter from Carolyn Gimian, Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project Director, describes how we may support -- both through volunteering and making offerings -- ongoing work to protect the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya from future natural disasters such as this summer's Colorado wildfire.
Dear Friends in Shambhala,
A devastating forest fire in the Poudre Canyon this summer mercifully did not reach Shambhala Mountain Center, but it pointed out the vulnerability of the center and the land, and the need to be prepared for any future disasters. One of the issues that came to light was that the Great Stupa of Dharmakaya, which houses body relics of the Vidyadhara and many speech relics, rupas, thangkas, and other precious items, was vulnerable to damage. Without adequate preparation, everything in the Stupa is at serious risk.
John Perkins, former director of the Shambhala Archives and an expert in preservation of cultural heritage, expressed concern about the Stupa and volunteered to travel from his home in Mexico to SMC to prepare the structure so that it could withstand the fire. The Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project, working together with SMC and Shambhala International, got involved and was able to contribute a modest sum to help with John's expenses. He was able to travel to the Stupa, where he worked with SMC staff, Bob and Lindy King, and others. A summary of his efforts is on the SMC facebook page and the website of the Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project: http://chogyamtrungpa.com/wp (Please click on "News" and scroll down the page.)
An outcome of all this was the strong sentiment that now is the time to use what we've learned and do the work to protect the Stupa and the Visitor Center. With the full support of the SMC administration and staff, Bob and Lindy King and John Perkins are hosting a work week at the Great Stupa, September 28 to October 4th. There is no charge for this program, and SMC is providing housing and meals.
You can help! We need both volunteers for the work week and financial support to accomplish the work that needs to be done. Bob, Lindy and John have put together an exhaustive proposal and budget for the work week. When they added up the figures, it came out to $10,108 -- an auspicious number indeed.
If you can volunteer your services, that would be terrific. If that's not possible, then please consider a donation to support this work. Contributions can be made via Pay Pal on the website of the Legacy Project, and we will maintain a fund to be used solely for this project. If you wish to send a cheque or donate in another manner, please contact Carolyn Gimian at email@example.com. In the United States, you can send your donations to the Legacy Project c/o Ashoka Credit Union.
More detail about the work and a breakdown of the budget is available, either from Bob, Lindy or John or from Carolyn or SMC. SMC will also be posting several announcements about the work program.
Please see the announcement about the program at: http://www.shambhalamountain.org/programs/view/1951
For further information you can also contact John Perkins directly about volunteering at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-945-5238. It's so very important that we protect the Stupa and the lineage treasures it contains.
Chogyam Trungpa Legacy Project
(This announcement was from the Shambhala News Service)