The first level of the stupa has been filled and sealed (see video below). The filling was completed on September 2, 2014, with the help of many hands. The concrete slab covering the whole level was done on September 16, 2014.

Here is a brief list of some of the things that went in the first level:

  • Four sets of the Kangyur (Buddha’s sutras).
  • Other classical Buddhist scriptures and commentaries in English and Chinese.
  • Over five billion (5 followed by 9 zeroes) mantras.
  • Over 400,000 printed images of buddhas and holy beings.
  • Over 3,000 tsatsas (plaster cast images) of buddhas.
  • Many cartons of audio and video recordings of Buddhist teachings by modern-day masters.
  • All sorts of objects symbolic of worldly resources.
  • Nine wealth vases.

All the empty spaces were packed with pine shavings to serve as incense.

There is a very informative video that shows the work of two months that went into getting all the things together, packing them, and putting them in the central chamber and the outer corridor of the first level. Watch:

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Dorje, erstwhile Media Lab wizard, has now gone on to another career, although he still helps out as a volunteer when it fits into his busy schedule.

Have you wondered where the LMB Media Lab went? Starting in January of 2014, the videos that used to be distributed on hard-copy DVDs have been migrating over to the online video streaming service called Vimeo.

For over a decade, Dorje (Jason Greenberg) and others worked in a department here called the Media Lab, carefully recording, editing, and distributing Dharma teachings on DVD and CD. Venerable George Churinoff, who lived and taught at LMB for some time, was instrumental in figuring out the technicalities of what software to use and what kind of DVD printing machine to get. Dorje was assisted by Nicholas Eyes behind the computer up in the Media Lab trailer.

But times have changed and people are now getting their media through online streaming. Alas, many computers sold nowadays do not even have a DVD/CD drive! Also, the shipping costs were prohibitive for people living outside of the United States. And for other reasons, we could no longer afford to run the Media Lab.

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Venerable George, in a screenshot from one of the videos on Vimeo on “Awareness and Knowledge”.

So, we decided to start uploading the general, unrestricted videos to Vimeo, where you can watch and/or download them for free. We haven’t done anything yet about the audio recordings from year’s past. As for the restricted videos, such as those requiring an empowerment, we will hold onto the master recordings and perhaps make those available upon special occasions in the future.

For now, please enjoy the unrestricted videos on Vimeo. If you find the service useful, you are invited to make a donation on the Vimeo website by clicking on the button there that says Tip this video. You can get to our page through the Vimeo button that lives amongst the social icons in the footer of our website. V for Vimeo button

 

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Six cement truck loads of concrete were poured on May 28, 2014, to bring the foundation of the stupa up to ground level.

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May 28, 2014: Pouring the foundation.

Since then, more framing has been built to get ready to pour the next level. The stages of the construction will need to be paced to allow for the filling of the interior spaces. The spaces within the main tower will be filled with the sutras – the scriptures of the Buddha’s own words. We are ordering 10 sets of the Kangyur in the form of Tibetan pechas (books) to put in there. Extra space will be filled with ‘incense’ in the form of cedar shavings.

See YouTube video of foundation pouring.

 

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