Please help the Drikung Meditation Center in Arlington, Massachusetts purchase a larger and permanent home for the U.S. Jowo Rinpoche statue, a replica of one of the most precious and sacred statues in the world. This precious statue, an image of Jowo Sakyamuni Buddha, has been in Tibet for over 1,300 years and is the most venerated image in all of Tibet. This “emanation” replica statue at the Drikung Meditation Center, brought to the U.S. by the Center's spiritual director, Lama Konchok Sonam, is the only one of its kind in the United States. Buddhists and Tibetans have made pilgrimages here from far and wide to see the sacred U.S. Jowo Rinpoche statue, whose face is said to bring great benefits to anyone who looks upon it.
His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche has also written a letter requesting support for this project (at the bottom is access to this letter in three languages, English, Tibetan and Chinese):
For almost 10 years, our Center has rented a small space in Arlington. Your generous contributions will allow us to purchase property in Greater Boston with more space to accommodate larger retreats and celebrations, guest rooms for visitors and longer-term residents, and full circumambulation of the U.S. Jowo Rinpoche statue. The new Jowo temple will also be home to the country’s first Bardo room (an area dedicated to praying for those who have passed on), a stupa (a structure containing Buddhist relics, used as a site for meditation), multiple rooms containing prayer wheels, and a museum dedicated to preserving Tibetan culture.
Please donate to the U.S. Jowo Rinpoche Temple Building Fund and help Lama Sonam create this one-of-a-kind spiritual and community center, which will bring endless benefits to a great number and wide range of people.
(His Holy Eminence Garchen Rinpoche Letter: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B9twjEYbNwkYeHRjYXhHUWZSdkhlU1REV0FMcjNaaThtQ2kw/edit)