Guru Rinpoche Shrine Project
Kagyu Samye Ling is named after Samye Monastery, the first Buddhist monastery in Tibet. The word "Samye" means beyond measure. This relates to practice, study, culture and tradition, and it means that everything one is looking for can be found in one place.
Kagyu Samye Ling is to have seven shrine rooms: the main temple as well as individual shrine rooms for Medicine Buddha, Mahakala, Tara, Guru Rinpoche, Chenrezig and Amitabha.
Thanks to your generous donations we already have enough money to complete the new Tara shrine, and our next project is to create the final, seventh shrine which will be dedicated to Guru Rinpoche. This will be our most important shrine room, because we are named after Samye Monastery, which was established by Guru Rinpoche.
This shrine room will be located in the bedroom which was used by His Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa when he visited Kagyu Samye Ling in the 1970s. It was also used by other great masters such as His Holiness Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trinzin, Chamgon Tai Situpa, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche and Thrangu Rinpoche, as well as other esteemed teachers.
The shrine room will contain a large Guru Rinpoche statue, surrounded by his consorts and eight manifestations. All the statues will be made to the highest quality by master craftsmen in Nepal.
It is estimated that we will need up to Â£200,000 to complete this shrine â€“ including the statues, ritual objects, shrine furniture, prayer tables, cushions and decorations.
The shrine room will take several years to complete, as it involves rebuilding the actual structure of the room, and the statues will take a few years to be carved, so we would like to start raising funds now.
We invite you to support this momentous project using the secure online donation page by clicking here