Wednesday, September 27, 2006
September 26th....Plans and Aspirations
Remember this? This is a mock up Ashby did of Migyur Dorje with the wall! Of course, we've now repainted the relief, so it's back to full color. Now that all that's done, we're turning our attention back to this....the wall.
Why, you may be wondering, would we build a wall? The answer is under this Stupa is a "suppression box"---I don't know the technical term for it, but it is a chamber that contains all those elements in the world we are seeking to suppress, like weapons, illness, that sort of thing. This chamber is suppose to be completely underground, and the Stupa seals it beneath the ground, suppressing those negative forces. The way our Stupa sits right now (thanks to some translation issues and misunderstandings), this chamber is exposed, meaning those harmful forces are not completely subdued. Thus, we need to get the earth up to the "earth hugging layer" of the Stupa, which is the bottom level of the gold. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the supreme head of our lineage (who broke the bad news to us after the Stupa was consecrated) suggested we build a wall and back fill with earth, bringing the earth up to the earth hugging layer. Many plans and designs have evolved over the years, but our current plan has the advantage of being affordable, easy to implement, reasonably attractive and effective at meeting the requirement. Our plan is to construct a retaining wall out of decorative concrete block.....