At the KDK Retreat Land in Mendocino, currently there are eight marble stupas. Due to the kindness and motivations of many student’s, these have resided on the Retreat Land for several years now. They are laid out in two sets of four stupas, with a large space reserved in between them for another, larger stupa. This large stupa is now quickly approaching fruition. Over the last year, a group of Vietnamese students kindly worked hard to carve it from marble and ship it here to the United States. In fact, they gathered together and donated all of the shipping costs to have it shipped from Vietnam to California, and in fact it has already arrived here. However, due to weather conditions, it must wait until the dry season before it can be safely transported to the KDK Retreat Land and set up. For this to occur, we will need lots of hands, and especially skillful people who can work with cement and marble. Not only will we need physical help, we will need financial help to finance the completion of the stupa with the Zung and Tsok-Shing. Any help, physical or material, will be very appreciated. When the time comes to proceed to the next steps, we will let you know on the KDK web site and E-Mail list, but due to circumstances we cannot yet predict when that will occur.
Deborah and Craig Janke, whom all of you know, kindly donated all of the broker fees and import tariffs. They are always very kind and every time something is necessary, they always contribute, and they are always there for KDK. They are old students of the Kyabje Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche Rangjung Kunkyab and they work very closely with me, as well.
Furthermore, there are many dedicated students who work hard to maintain this Dharma center, so all of them, from the depths of my heart, I want to thank each and every of them who work hard. There are so many, I can't list them all. From India, we need to bring a Zung and put it inside the stupa as well as bring a statue to place into the bumpa. I also hope to get more relics from those high lamas in India and put them into the stupa, as well.