The Drukpa Mila Temple construction is well underway!
April 17, 2016
BENEFITING: DRUKPA MILA CENTER
You are warmly welcomed to help Lama Karma Rinpoche and the Drukpa Mila Center establish the first official temple in the USA, heralding the Drukpa Kagyu lineage from the Himalayas of Bhutan. Realizing this donation-based project needs your financial support.
This is an opportunity to contribute to the spread of the precious Dharma into our continent, and also to be part of something that will stand after we all have passed on. Please help with a large or small donation!
100% of your tax-deductible donation (after the 5% website cost) will go towards temple construction costs, including: water heater, installation of heater, pine plank ceiling, cedar plank interior wall (from windowsill up), stone tile interior wall, bathroom fixtures, fiber cement exterior paneling, terra cotta shingle roof.
Q and A about the temple project with two of Lama Karma Rinpoche’s original American students
What is the source tradition of Lama Karma Rinpoche and the Drukpa Mila Center?
To speak precisely, it would be the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage of Tantric Buddhism of Bhutan, or the Bhutanese Drukpa Kagyu Lineage of Tantric Buddhism. Though there are commonalities and mutual influences, the Drukpa Kagyu of Bhutan is quite distinct from the Drukpa Kagyu of Tibet.
For surely a lot of reasons--probably including that Bhutan is the least accessible and least known of the Himalayan countries, that Bhutan is now the only independent Buddhist country, and because Bhutan is consciously protecting/preserving/maintaining its own distinct spiritual and cultural identity--Bhutan has been "slow," or better, "cautious," to reach out to the west. So that makes the presence of Bhutanese culture here much more rare, compared to that of other Himalayan countries, especially in the wake of the Tibetan diaspora, etc.
Lama Karma Rinpoche is the only Lama/Rinpoche in the U.S. who has established teaching and practice Centers outside Bhutan--of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage of Tantric Buddhism from Bhutan.
Sure, there are a few other Bhutanese Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingma teachers in the U.S., but, as yet, they have not established Centers. Occasionally a Bhutanese Drukpa Kagyu teacher will tour here and then return to Bhutan. Also true, there are Tibetan Drukpa Kagyu teachers and Centers in the U.S., but not Bhutanese Drukpa Kagyu. It's actually very rare. Not to beat that point to death, but it is good and important to know that Lama and the Drukpa Mila Centers (in Longmont, Oregon, California, Canada) are creating a unique "gateway" here for Bhutanese culture--especially that of Bhutanese Drukpa Kagyu lineage wisdom and teachings.
What is the importance and uniqueness of the temple project?
It’s part of the vision of firming up and opening further that "gateway." The temple construction project, as well as other smaller projects, are all part of that vision. That is, to expand the Longmont Center--not only for regular practice, and accommodations for retreats--but also to create space and opportunity for Bhutanese Drukpa Kagyu teachers to come from Bhutan--to host teachings and house teachers--for all to learn and benefit from. This would also open up opportunity for other Bhutanese cultural representatives (dancers, musicians, artisans, etc.) to come and share their culture and experience.
Further, regarding the temple construction: Since modern Bhutanese culture derives from ancient culture, and indigenous artisanship is handed down from generation to generation--it's exciting, and special, that Bhutanese artisans will be coming to do the interior finishes and decorations, true to and in the spirit of the Bhutanese arts and crafting tradition (structural carvings, shrine construction, woodworking, and detail painting, for example). OK, so, perhaps too poetically and simplistically put--the temple construction that encloses space, in turn opens space and opportunity--so to speak.
Anyway, hopefully this fundraising will be understood as ongoingly "win-win" for everybody. What, with the volunteer "labor of love" and the monetary generosity of donations--they're all "gifts that keep on giving"--beyond even completion of the temple. It's the ongoing benefit of participating in the opportunity to make a place where the wisdom and "gifts of Bhutan" can be shared and preserved--that's pretty cool. And, of course, participating in such projects (bringing them to fruition) creates merit and even more opportunity, which amplifies benefit to all sentient beings.