Blessing of the Temple Land
Way back in January 2015, when the STOP project was just a glimmer in the eyes of the Executive Committee and Canberra community, before approvals, drawings, grants and fundraising, the Society was able to do something very special with His Eminence Luding Khenpo Rinpoche, a very important teacher in Tibetan Buddhism.
At the invitation of the Tibetan Buddhist Society of Canberra, His Eminence Luding Khenpo Rinpoche arrived at Virupa Retreat Centre in early January 2015. He was invited to bestow special empowerments and blessings over four days. The Society was very fortunate to have him visit and give these special blessings. The effects of his teachings are still being felt today by the people who met him and attended these events.
Just two days before he left Canberra, some Committee Members of the Society were informed that the ACT Government could offer the Society land at Jenke Crt, Kambah, ACT for a new Temple. We didn’t know what all the details were, we weren’t sure what kind of building we wanted, all we knew was that our long-held dream of a temple for Canberra was beginning to flourish.
Lama Choedak told all this to His Eminence Luding Khenpo Rinpoche and he instantly agreed that we should organise a land blessing ceremony. With almost no notice, the committee moved swiftly into action: organising the ritual implements and prayer books, contacting local Buddhist monks and nuns, and letting our members and friends know about this special opportunity.
On a bright but windy Canberra morning, monks, nuns and lay people all gathered with His Eminence and Lama Choedak to bestow this special land blessing. This ceremony was performed to seek permission from the earth that we will uproot some land to build this beautiful temple, to promise not to harm animals, insects or people during this process as far as possible, and to allay any difficulties in the construction process.
So far, we have resolved every difficulty in the first stages of design and approvals.
May the blessings and benefits of this land blessing continue!
A huge thank you to His Eminence Luding Khenpo Rinpoche and the other visiting monks and lay people from different Buddhist traditions. It was truly great to share this day with you, and we hope to share much more in the future.
Written by Joseph Frawley.
Below are some photos of the day that were taken by Jampal.