THE POWER OF COMPASSION AND WISDOM
Padmasambhava, also known as the “Lotus One,” Guru Rinpoche and Pema Jungney in Tibetan, is one of the greatest enlightened masters in Buddhist history. He lived during the eighth century, but his compassion and power, far from being irrelevant to the modern world, are indeed necessary and particularly effective in today’s world.
AN ANTIDOTE FOR OUR TIME
This era is called an age of degeneration–on a global scale, sickness, famine, war and conflict continue to intensify, while individually our well-being and contentment diminish. In a well-known prayer of supplication, Padmasambhava is called the “Precious, supreme protector in these degenerate times.” Through the strength of his loving kindness, paintings, statues and other images of this “supreme protector” are a source of calm and harmony wherever they are placed. By participating in their construction, individuals directly bring global benefit as well as making a personal connection to these blessings.
For more information, read the translation of Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche’s address at the opening of the temple of Zandog Palri in Mysore, India.
THE GURU’S BLESSING
To directly counter the prevailing negativity in the current age, in 2002 the Venerable Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche, head of the Palyul Retreat Center in Nepal, initiated a project to create numerous statues of Padmasambhava.
THE FIRST MOLD
Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck, helped Khenpo Rinpoche plant the first seed by assisting in the process of building a master copy of a Padmasambhava statue in the traditional likeness of the “Lotus Born.” The model was first made with clay, which proved to be too brittle and had to be reworked in brass for durability. When the model was finally completed and a mold was taken from it, however, casts from this mold produced identical, richly detailed, thirteen-foot tall brass statues weighing 1,100 kilograms apiece.
Seven of these exquisite statues have been finished: one has been sent to Nepal; one to California, America; four to India: Sikkim, Bodhgaya, Manali and Namdroling Monastery in Mysore each received one; and the most recent was given to one of the eight locations or LINGS established by Longchenpa in Bhutan which was in ruins, and under reconstruction at present. Through Ven. Khenpo Namdrol’s Padmasambhava Global Project for World Peace, statues are constantly being cast from the original mold and are intended for further distribution in Europe, Asia and around the globe.
In 2004, His Holiness the Dalai Lama determined to build 100,000 Padmasambhava statues of all sizes to be spread around the world as a blessing.
The Global Project for World Peace has made a similar determination to continuously create duplicates from this great mold, with the goal of placing 25 statues throughout the world specifically to deter negativity and spread blessings of compassion and wisdom.
The Venerable Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche is appealing to the global Community for financial support for this meritorious project.