June Akong Rinpoche set his friends and students a challenge to
fund and complete a Prayer wheel house that will house 45 prayer
wheels within one month, this July. Rinpoche asked for volunteers
and donations to acheive this goal. A total of £25,000 is
needed to pay for building materials and another £6,000
to complete the printing of the Mani, Tara, Karmapa and Guru Rinpoche
mantras which will fill the 45 prayer wheels.
small team is busy every day polishing the prayer wheels, and
saffroning and rolling the mantras- a gigantuan task.
weekend in July so far between 40 and 50 volunteers have responded
to Rinpoche's appeal and a tremendous amount has been achieved.
Akong Tulku Rinpoche's call for volunteers for the Mani House
the last few years Samye Ling has had many building projects.
In the beginning our projects were very much based on voluntary
effort. When work is done by sincere Dharma practitioners and
is carried out from the depth of one's heart and is done like
a purification - as a pure mandala offering - the projects often
turn out to be of the highest quality.
recently, due to rules and regulations, lack of engineering knowledge
and also the need for people to make their own income and support
their families, we have had no choice but to use contractors for
our bigger projects, so have had less opportunity to use volunteers.
Now however, I would like to invite people to help me with one
particular project, which I would like to be done entirely by
volunteers, using only donated or sponsored materials.
project is the prayer wheel house near the Stupa. As you know,
Samye Ling has completed the building of the World Peace Stupa,
which houses the Amitabha Shrine.The Stupa has a wall around half
of it, and on this wall we wish to erect prayer wheels. Those
of you who have travelled in the East will know that wherever
there is a Stupa, there are hundreds of prayer wheels. The Stupa
gives people the opportunity for circumambulation, and also to
accumulate merit through turning the prayer wheels.
project is to build a wall and a covered passageway and to install
the prayer wheels. Also the wall will have cubicles where ashes
can be stored, particularly if people wish to have entire urns
preserved rather than just the small amounts that are able to
be housed inside the Stupa itself.
those who enjoy working with me, this is a good opportunity. Together
we can achieve something very meaningful.
Lorry Crash Dec 2005
About Mani Wheels
Samye Ling Stupa