A Mandala for World Peace

We are at a critical time in human history. As ancient prophecies predicted, our modern era is burdened with challenges and Earth’s inhabitants face many dangerous problems: increased warfare, environmental disasters, economic breakdown, epidemic diseases, famine, and political turmoil are prominent among them. Wherever you look, there is conflict, violence, turmoil, and suffering. How can we make a difference? How can we do something that will pacify this negativity and help to restore peace? In the Buddhist tradition, it is believed that there are special types of monuments that possess powerful energetic abilities to remove negativity and protect from disaster. One example is a full-scale, three-dimensional mandala. These types of monuments have the ability to bestow great blessings throughout the earth—permeating the five elements with their power. Padmasambhava predicted that Vajrakilaya (P’hurba) would be of particular importance in restoring peace and balance on the earth at this critical time. Vakrakilaya is the powerful embodiment of all the Buddha’s activities and is the remover of obstacles. In keeping with the prophecies, and in response to the growing need to take action, we have initiated the Phurba Peace Mandala Project and the construction of a full-scale Vajrakilaya mandala, according to the Dudjom Tersar lineage.
What Is a Mandala?
The word mandala is Sanskrit for circle. Mandalas exist in Hinduism and Buddhism and can be recognized in Native American and other indigenous cultures. Both ancient and contemporary spiritual traditions employ them to symbolize a microcosm of the universe and enlightened vision. There are many different types of mandalas, each with different energies and intentions. They can be used as a focus in meditation and prayer, for healing and teaching, and for establishing sacred space. You may be familiar with Tibetan sand mandalas, where a specific intricate design is created in colored sand. These two-dimensional mandalas are actually blueprints for three-dimensional models of a perfected universe and tradition dictates the deities, objects, and colors within. The P’hurba Peace Mandala will be the first full-scale, three-dimensional mandala on the North American continent. It will embody the universe in full harmony, generating great energy and blessings, bringing balance to the elements, and promoting peace for the continent and the entire world.
Khandro Kunzang gives an introductory talk about the mandala principle:

The Perfect Location

According to divination and through the visions of Lama Dawa Rinpoche, it was determined that the most auspicious and effective location for such a mandala would be on the banks of the upper Mississippi River —land that was once sacred to the Native Americans and is geographically suited for the maximum energetic effect.

Thanks to the generous efforts of our dedicated sangha, and through the great blessings of our Gurus, in the summer of 2007 Saraswati Bhawan purchased the perfect piece of property in Northeast Iowa, on the bluffs overlooking the spectacular The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge. For more information about the National Wildlife and Fish Refugeclick here.

Be a Part of This Historic Project

The need for world peace has never been more pressing. Building a Mandala and Temple dedicated toworld peace  – a sacred edifice for generating vibrations of peace and prosperity throughout the land. Building a Mandala, which is a sacred edifice for generating vibrations of peace and prosperity throughout the land is a noble and ambitious undertaking which requires the specialized expertise , dedication and effort, as well as the monetary contributions of many, many people.

The P’hurba Peace Mandala will be a full scale, three dimensional mandala similar to the only known Vajrakilaya mandala in existence today, which is in Bhutan. Lama Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche hascommissioned expert woodcarvers from Bhutan to make over 130 p’hurbas  (ritual daggers) for the

Vajrakilaya Mandala in Bhutan

mandala, according to the tradition outlined in the terma treasures of Dudjom Lingpa. Pema Dorje Rinpoche, the Director for the Mandala construction, will be working with various Lamas and artisans to create various sections of the mandala and ship them to the US to complete the mandala on site.

We are now in the midst of a fund-raising effort to begin construction of the temple that will house the mandala. Our plan is to build in as eco-friendly and energy-sustaining manner as possible, using non-toxic building materials and construction methods which will last for generations to come.

Please join us to accomplish our goal. By being a part of this historical undertaking, the merit and benefits can continue on to future generations, extending to all beings from all walks of life. Let us together establish the conditions for harmony in the world and share in the days of peace.

Now is the chance for you to help make a real difference in the world and support a project that will bring benefit far into the future. Click HERE  for more information on how you can be a part of this.


Creating the World through Skillful Means: Accomplishments & Aspirations

In March, 2011 we were very honored to have received some very precious relics from His Holiness, Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche, during the New Year’s (Losar) ceremonies at Yeshe Nyingpo, HH Dudjom Rinpoche’s seat in NYC. Rinpoche offered Khandro Kunzang Dechen Chodron more than a dozen relics from the collection of his father, HH Dudjom Rinpoche, to be included in the Vajrakilaya Mandala.

The Peace Mandala is a powerful Buddhist monument that possesses the energetic ability to bestow blessings that will permeate the five elements throughout the world. The blessings of the Peace Mandala will be vast and powerful as they are carried on the strong currents of air and water to restore balance and harmony—ecologically, socially and personally—for all of the earth’s inhabitants around the globe.

His Holiness, Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche, supreme lineage holder of the Dudjom Tersar,  has offered his full support of the P’hurba Peace Mandala Project in a recent letter, which includes a beautiful teaching about the importance of Vajrakilaya.

“The creation of this mandala makes an important contribution to the firm establishment, at a most fundamental and elemental level, for the Buddha Dharma to genuinely take root in the West and for the activity of the Buddha’s skillful means to spread victoriously in all directions.”
– Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche
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