A date has been set for the blessing of the ground where the stupa is to be built. It will be on Friday, April 25 (2014), from 9am until it’s finished. Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, of San Francisco, and the Gyuto Monks, who have recently moved up to Richmond, California, will be performing the rites.

We will offer lunch after the puja to those who RSVP by Monday, April 21, 5pm, to get reserved seating and lunch. (Reservations closed.)

The site where the Mahabodhi-style stupa is to be built at Land of Medicine Buddha.

The site where the Mahabodhi-style stupa is to be built at Land of Medicine Buddha.

Here is a little excerpt from “Earth Blessing Ritual: Introduction and Commentary.”*

Taking Possession of the Building Site

A plot of land that possesses good signs and characteristics is not only advantageous from a religious point of view, but from an architectural angle as well. Therefore, whosoever intends to build a stupa on such a spot should at first obtain that land from its landowner either through a verbal or legal agreement or through purchase.

After its landlords have granted use of the land, consent from the local spirits is sought. Subsequently, one sets up the ritual articles such as the three-fold ritual offering cakes (cha sum torma), the five kinds of essential offerings, white mustard seeds, the gugul (frankincense), and other requisite articles. Then, the vajra acarya performs the recitation of the self-generation. He invites the kshetrapalas (field protectors), and offers the torma offering cake and outer and inner offerings. After the permission to use the site has been requested, the kshetrapalas are sent back to their own abodes. Then, the invisible Earth Goddess is invited, offerings are made to her, and her permission is also sought for the use of this site. Thus, the use of the site is requested both from the ksetrapalas and the Earth Goddess.

Eliminating Interfering Adversities from the Site

In order to eliminate all interferences and hindrances from the site, the performer should command the evil spirits and demons, etc., who cause hindrances and behave mischievously in that very place, to satisfy themselves with the ritual cake and go back to their own abodes or somewhere else [i.e. perform the gektor ritual]. Then the ritual offering cake is thrown near the entrance to the site accompanied by violent playing of the ritual musical instruments and reciting of the wrathful mantras. After this, the site is fumigated with the incense of gugal, white mustard seeds are scattered, scented water is sprinkled, and the ashes of the previous Fire Offering Ritual (jin seg) are spread all around the ground to eliminate all interfering evil spirits. By the power of these ritual acts, all residual hindrances are removed, and interferences are eliminated.

There are many others procedures and details, which will be carried out in full on April 25.

See more at New Stupa Project page.

*Benefits and Practices Related to Statues and Stupas, Part 2: Building and Blessing Holy Objects, FPMT, 2006, page 206.

RSVP to get reserved seating and lunch:

This form will be shut down on Monday evening, April 21. We won’t be able to provide lunch for people who are not signed up. Lunch is being offered by Land of Medicine Buddha. There are already over 70 people signed up. Donations will be welcome.

(Reservations closed.)

 

 

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April 6-7 :  24-hour turning of our Great Prayer Wheel

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Stupa Wheelathon

A very exciting project is taking shape right now: we are building a Mahabodhi Stupa at Land of Medicine Buddha. We recently received the building permit from Santa Cruz county in January and will hold the ground breaking ceremony on April 25. Construction begins on April 28. We invite you to take part in the launch of our first official fundraising event by sponsoring the Stupa Wheelathon: turning the Great Prayer Wheel to make the Stupa rise up. An estimated US$100,000 is needed to build the basic structure of the Mahabodhi Stupa. We are aiming to raise $24,000 as an auspicious start before the Bhumi Puja with our Stupa Wheelathon.


[Final Update] Total at the end of the Wheelathon is over $33,000. Donations continue to trickle in.

[Update] As of Monday noon, April 7, we have received over $27,600 in donations and pledges, exceeding our $24,000 goal for the Stupa Wheelathon. This includes contributions made on Indiegogo, PayPal, checks, cash and pledges. We are continuing to receive donations for the Wheelathon up until 5pm, April 7, Pacific Daylight Time.

[Previous Update] As of Saturday, April 5, we have received $18,500 in donations and pledges out of our $24,000 goal for the Stupa Wheelathon. This includes contributions made on Indiegogo, PayPal, checks, cash and pledges. “Cash” includes some sincere donations from a couple of piggy banks.


Timing of the Stupa Wheelathon, April 6 – 7

The 24-hour period of turning the prayer wheel will coincide with the favorable date, as advised by Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, according to the time in Bodhgaya, India – the place of the Buddha’s enlightenment and the location of the original Mahabodhi Stupa. 5:30pm on April 6th California time equals sunrise of April 7th Bodhgaya time, which is the actual beginning of the day according to the traditional Buddhist calendar. So our practice will begin on 5:30pm, April 6th and continue until 5:30pm, April 7th. We will start with a group motivation and compassion practice including the Om Mani Padme Hung mantra, by the prayer wheel, as the wheel turning begins. You are invited to join us at that time. We will end with a dedication at 5:30pm on April 7th. You are also welcome to join us then. Turning the wheel will be Land of Medicine Buddha sangha members, sangha members from Santa Cruz, board members and staff, and some of our friends from nearby. In this way, as a community, we will be able to create the karmic causes for the success of the Stupa project.

Join us in this Special Project and Event!

Here are the different ways you can take part:

  • Donate a specific amount: $1000, $500, $250, or any amount.
  • Sponsor a specific Sangha or a LMB staff.
  • Invite your friends to join you in making a donation or sponsorship.
  • Join us for the prayers and pujas on April 6 & 7.

Ways to Contribute:

Contributions must be received by 5:00pm on April 7, 2014, in order to be included in the dedications for the Wheelathon event. See section below for special benefits for various levels of sponsorship. The Indiegogo campaign will remain open for 60 days so that donations can be made there toward our goal. And, of course, donations can be made for the Stupa Project in general until the project is completed.

  • Preferred method:

Write a check payable to Land of Medicine Buddha Note: Stupa Project Mail to: 5800 Prescott Road, Soquel, CA 95073

  • Make a donation to the Stupa Project using a secure server and your credit card or PayPal account:

And in case you would like to share this with friends, here is the direct link to PayPal for this campaign: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=N59M23GKE5C2W

  • Contribute through our Indiegogo campaign. (This method should work for overseas donors who are not able to use PayPal. This campaign will stay open until May 30th.)

 Find Our Campaign on Indiegogo


Special Benefits for Major Sponsors

Donate $250 – Sponsor 15 minutes of prayer wheel turning and prayer

  • With a $250 donation to our Stupa Project we will recite mantras and turn the prayer wheel on your behalf for 15 minutes.
  • We will read your name/s and make strong prayers for the benefit of you and your loved ones.
  • Your name will be included on a plaque to be placed within the stupa.

Donate $500 – Sponsor 30 minutes of prayer wheel turning and prayer

  • With a $500 donation to our Stupa Project we will recite mantras and turn our prayer wheel on your behalf for 30 minutes.
  • We will read your name/s and make strong prayers for the benefit of you and your loved ones.
  • Your name will be included on a plaque to be placed within the stupa.
  • Plus: Medicine Buddha prayers will be dedicated for well-being and success for you and your family for one month.

Donate $1000 – Sponsor one hour of prayer wheel turning and prayer

  • With a $1000 donation to our Stupa Project we will recite mantras and turn our prayer wheel on your behalf for one hour!
  • We will read your name/s and make strong prayers for the benefit of you and your loved ones.
  • Your name will be included on a plaque to be placed within the stupa.
  • Medicine Buddha prayers will be dedicated for the well-being and success for you and your family for one year!
  • Plus: in appreciation for your generosity, your name will be honored on a plaque to be placed by our Great Prayer wheel where you will receive continual blessings.

Donate $1008 – $500,000 – Special Perk – Sponsor a member of the ordained Sangha

  • At this donation level to our Stupa Project a member of the monastic community will recite mantras and turn our prayer wheel on your behalf for one hour!
  • We will read your name/s and make strong prayers for the benefit of you and your loved ones.
  • Your name will be included on a plaque to be placed within the stupa.
  • Medicine Buddha prayers will be dedicated for the well-being and success for you and your family for one year!
  • In appreciation for your generosity, our name will be honored on a plaque to be placed by our Great Prayer wheel where you will receive continual blessings.
  • Plus: your name will be included in our regular Tara Puja for one year!

This is a project inspired by Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

Rinpoche pledged US$50,000. Since its inception in 1997, the Stupa Project has undergone many stages of architectural design, planning, consultations, working with government agencies, redesigns, further consultations. After observations and consultation with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and also Khandrola, we were advised to build the Mahabodhi Temple, a replica of the one in Bodhgaya, which was build at the site where the Buddha attained enlightenment. Santa Cruz County granted the permission to build in January 2014 and we are ready to start with the ground breaking ceremony on April 25, 2014. Ground breaking with the Bhumi Puja is scheduled on April 25 at 9am. Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche told us to have a big celebration! We have invited Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, the Gyuto monks, the local monks and nuns, and many others. We are of course hoping Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche will be able to bless us with his presence.

We thank you for your interest, support and generosity towards this project!

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There are several prayer wheels at Land of Medicine Buddha. The first one you see when you arrive is the biggest. Not only is it big in size; it has the most mantras and other holy texts inside.

The refilling of the prayer wheel was completed on April 25, 2012. The filling was orchestrated by Venerable Chosang and is well-documented in photographs which you can see in our Facebook album called Prayer Wheel Improvements 2011-2012. (It’s a public page, so you don’t need to have a Facebook account to look at it.)

Below is the text of what is printed on the information sign board near the prayer wheel.

prayer-wheel-sign-webWhat is a Mani Wheel?

The origin of prayer wheels is lost in time. According to legend, the Buddha Dipamkara gave the practice to beings called nagas. The great Indian pandit Nagarjuna was then instructed by Chenrezig to go to the naga realm and bring a prayer wheel into the world of humans. For centuries, the practice of prayer wheels has been among the most cherished by Tibetan Buddhists and it continues today. Whether being turned by Tibetans and spiritual pilgrams at sacred sites, by people in Western Dharma centers, the prayer wheel continues to transform minds and offer its blessings of compassion. (from FPMT website)

This prayer wheel was begun in 2001 when Land of Medicine Buddha hosted teeachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

We are delighted that our Great Prayer Wheel is complete [April 2012], thanks to the efforts of many people including former Directors Tom Flynn and Sally Barraud. Also big thanks go out to our staff, especially Gelek Sherpa our brilliantly gifted artist and Venerable Chosang who dedicated herself to seeing this project through. This would not have been possible without our amazing benefactors and generous donors, whose names you can see on the pillars in front of you. We prostrate to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Yeshe and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche. We thank the Tibetan people and all who donated their wisdom, time, and resources to help manifest this holy object.

How Many Mantras & Texts are inside this prayer Wheel?

chosang-microficheOur Great Prayer Wheel contains at least:

170,425,600,000 Mantras including:

400,000 Longest Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) Mantras
168 Billion Om Mani Padme Hum Mantras
400 Million Kurukulla Mantras
300 Million Mitrugpa (Akshobya) Mantras
200 Million Stainless Pinnacle (Namgyalma) Mantras
100 Million Kunrig (Vairochana) Mantras
400 Million Namgyalma (Ushnishavijaya) Mantras
500 Million Wish Granting Wheel Mantras
400 Million Padmasambhava Mantras
100,000 Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras
20 Million Dependent-Related Heart Mantras

Plus These extensive Dharma Texts:
5 sets of Kangyur
5 sets of Lama Tsong Khapa collection
5 sets of Gyaltsab Je collection
5 sets of Khedrup Je collection
100,000 sets of Drang Nge text
25 Million Amitayus Long Life Sutras

We rejoice in the infinite blessings that our Wish Fulfilling Healing Prayer Wheel will bring!

This sign was created with the help of Venerable Steve Carlier, Dorje Greenberg and Denice Macy in the year of this great prayer wheel’s consecration 2139, the Tibetan Year of the Water Dragon.

How to Practice With Prayer Wheels and the Benefits

Advice received from Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche at
Land of Medicine Buddha, July 06, 2006

big-prayer-wheel-lmb-webTo develop compassion for all sentient beings, one can turn the Prayer Wheel and chant the Chenrezig mantra. (The long dharani or OM MA NI PE ME HUM, the 11-Face Chenrezig mantra will do)

For those who have life obstacles or sickness such as cancer or some life threatening disease, they can turn the Prayer Wheel and chant the long life mantra, to be able to have a long life.

For those who want to purify negative karma, they can turn the Prayer Wheel and recite these mantras: Mitugpa, Kunrig, Namgyalma, the Stainless Pinnacle Deity & Stainless Pinnacle Lotus Mantra.

Turning the Prayer Wheel and chanting Om Mani Padme Hum – the Chenrezig mantra – is for everything -including collecting merit and purifying. It is particularly ior compassion to all sentient beings, and to achieve bodhicitta.

You can turn the Prayer Wheel not only for your own success, but to purify the negative karma of someone who has passed away. Turn the Prayer Wheel chanting mantras and sending lights from the Prayer Wheel to those who have passed away, purifying all their negative karma and defilements and they generate the whole path to enlightenment, especially bodhicitta.

Or you turn the prayer wheel and beams are emitted from all the mantras and received in all the six realms – numberless hell beings, hungry ghosts, animals, human beings, suras and asuras.

To those countries where there is war and so much suffering, so much killing, beams are emitted from the Prayer Wheel mantras, purifying all the anger and generating loving-kindness and compassion, bodhicitta in all beings hearts. This purifies all the negative karma of those who get into trouble – both sides of negative karma – those who get killed or harmed and those who are killing or harming. All that negative karma is purified.

You can use this method to enlighten all sentient beings and to liberate them from oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to enlightenment. In parts of the world where there are so many disasters, wars, famines and things happening like this, this practice can be good. Send beams from the Prayer Wheel so they receive Chenrezig’s holy compassion from the Prayer Wheel.Send beams from the mantra to those sentient beings who are suffering so that all their negative karma will be completely purified.

One can do the same meditation of turning the Prayer Wheel and reciting the mantra with beams emitted from each mantra, going to all six realms and purifying all beings, contagious diseases, spirit harm and negative karmas. By purifying the negative karma and generating the whole path to enlightenment, especially renunciation, bodhicitta and the wisdom realizing emptiness,

May anyone who sees hears or thinks about this prayer wheel have the fortune to achive enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings!

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