Rinpoche is establishing an extraordinary temple and retreat centre in Nepal. Located on a mountain top overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, the temple is visible from near and far. It is designed like a great mandala. The main temple, dedicated to Buddha Amitabha, is surrounded by 15 smaller temples and a retreat center. The temple and its facilities will be open to lay visitors as well as Buddhist practitioners of all paths. More details about the temple and the ritual schedule being planned for visitors and retreatants are available here.
A conference hall for the purpose of cultural exchange between the Eastern and Western worlds, a library, medical clinic, and an assistance center providing aid to poor people in the local community, are also being built in the temple complex.
The retreat section around the temple will consist of 64 retreat cottages. These will bring the great benefit of intensive retreat practice to all Buddhist practitioners – lay and ordained, men and women. Anyone who sponsors a retreat cottage for USD$15,000 can do personal retreat for up to 40 months. See more details and benefits of sponsorship.
Much of the main temple’s structure is now finished (see photos). However, the interior painting and the many statues required, as well as the retreat section, still remain to be funded. Approximately USD$750,000 is needed. Rinpoche is appealing personally for everyone with devotion to Buddha Amitabha to contribute as generously as possible to this project, which will long outlive all of us and will provide inestimable benefit to multitudes. Individual statues and wall paintings can be sponsored for amounts from USD$50,000 to USD$50.
If you would like to share in the merit of Rinpoche’s vast activities for the benefit of beings, donations can be made by PayPal or credit card by clicking on the button below. Please be sure to indicate if you want to sponsor a specific statue.
Note that PayPal deducts a 3% fee, so for larger donations qualifying for a US tax deduction please mail a check made out to Amitabha Foundation, to 11 South Goodman Street, Rochester, New York 14607. If you cannot use the US tax deduction, you may wire your funds directly into the bank account of the Amitabha Foundation in Nepal:
Account name: Amitabha Foundation
Bank Name: Standard Chartered Bank, Kathmandu, Nepal
Swift Code: SCBLNPKA
Account details: for Euros only: 01-1040987-76
For all other currencies including USD$: 01-1040987-01
Bank Address: Naya Baneswor, Kathmandu, Nepal. GPO Box 3990