A Walk for Compassion - Support the Sangdo Palri Temple Project

 Help Us Build the Sangdo Palri Temple's Circumambulation Path
A Fundraising Walk on October 12, 2014



What is Our Goal?
Our goal is to raise $25,000 to fund the Circumambulation Path, the Kora.
The circumference of the Kora is 2,500 square feet and the basic cost to construct the pathway  is
$6 per square foot.  Every dollar counts!

What is the Significance of a Circumambulation Path?
A Circumambulation Path around a Temple or Stupa, is the interface between the meditation cushion and the action of moving through the world, a contemplative walking meditation. As one moves around a temple, mantras are often recited and the mind's intention is focused on Bodhicitta -  a genuine wish to benefit all beings. The effort of movement and engagement, while viewing something that is so much grander than the self and merging the intention to benefit all beings, brings immeasurable merit.  It is step-by-step pathway to enlightenment that is aimed at generating Bodhicitta. 

There is a story of Lord Atisha, who was circumambulating temples and stupas. He was asked, "Why don't you relax? Why not practice virtuous sitting? Why do the common practice of circumambulation?" Lord Atisha replied,"You do not understand, when I circumambulate I accumulate all three virtuous actions of body, speech, and mind. In terms of merit there is no greater practice than circumambulation."

How to Participate in the Fundraising Walk

1. Do you want to walk and fundraise?
Join a team.  A list of locations and teams can be found by clicking here. Contact the Walk Coordinator listed on the team page for all details.

Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche will be walking the NYC Freedom Walk at 7:00am .

2. Unable to Walk on October 12?
Your intention and donation to the building of the Circumambulation Path is welcome. Make a Donation

Spread the Word about the Fundraising Walk
this link < http://sangdopalri.dojiggy.com/ > with your friends via email and Facebook. 

Details about the Fundraising Walk
Date: October 12, 2014
Time: 8:00am at most locations.

Locations: See left side of website

sangdo palri temple from a distance

The Sangdo Palri Temple is arising to promote peace, compassion and wisdom in the world. Representing the Copper-Colored Mountain, the Sangdo Palri Temple, manifests the spiritual domain of Guru Padmasambhava, the great Tibetan Sage. Dedicated to Guru Rinpoche, the temple honors the great teachings of Dzogchen and welcomes practitioners of all lineages.  Learn more about the project.

Why are We Building the Sangdo Palri Temple? 
Throughout the ages, sacred buildings have served as reflections of the divine within, as sanctuaries for prayer, as sustenance for those striving to live in a compassionate way, and as meeting places for spiritually minded communities. The Sangdo Palri Temple possesses this elegance and grace of ancient spiritual architecture. Taking form as a modern beacon in the wilderness, fully solar-powered and "off grid", at 9,300 feet above sea level in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of southern Colorado, it will inspire all who see it to reflect upon the profound interconnectedness of all beings and our common wish for a meaningful lives. Only partially completed, the value of this monument is already clear and recognized by all who visit.  By sharing in this dream and financially supporting its completion, you establish the temple as a guiding star for transforming your own life and the lives of others.

Why October 12?
In Buddhism, it is customary to celebrate the life of spiritual teachers on the anniversary of their passing.  His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, a highly esteemed teacher of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, passed away on October 12. Recognized by all who knew him as a truly caring and inspiring teacher, Khyentse Rinpoche personally blessed the site of the Temple. We want to honor His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpohce by marking the day of his passing with a walk promoting wisdom and compassion in support of a project he himself blessed.

Who is Raising Funds for the Sangdo Palri Temple?  
The Mangala Shri Bhuti community (Mangala Shri Bhuti is Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's name in Sanskrit), under the guidance of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, has undertaken this project, drawing on support from within and outside of our community. Today we reach out for help to other communities inspired by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's vision.  Many individuals from around the world have come forward to help by making small and large contributions to the project. Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, from all walks of life, have also committed to join this fundraising walk for compassion and are seeking sponsorship from friends, families and co-workers for their effort. But, whether you are sponsored or not, please join us on October 12 by taking a walk in any space that nourishes your soul and allows you to offer strength to your community.  Let us know the outcome of your reflections and please spread the word on the temple.  Go to our web site and stay abreast of the news.

Click here more information about the temple and how to support it.   


Mangala Shri Bhuti is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit Buddhist organization.
Contributions to the Sangdo Palri Temple are tax deductible.

"The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there."
— Robert M. Pirsig
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