“May the teachings that are the true medicine for the suffering of sentient beings and the source of permanent peace and joy be materially supported and appropriately honored. May they abide for a long, long time.”
History of the Kalachakra Temple
Deer Park Buddhist Center began with this humble building in 1981. After Venerable Geshe Lhundub Sopa-la’s request, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama bestowed the very first Kalachakra initiation ever held in the West at Deer Park Buddhist Center, in Oregon, Wisconsin. After the Kalachakra initiation, the pavilion was fully enclosed and became a temple and a place of Buddhist learning in which many great Dharma teachings were conferred during the ensuing decades by visiting scholars and lineage masters including Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Venerable Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche, Venerable Lati Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with continual visits by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Over thirty years, the Kalachakra Temple has served as the location for regular Thursday evening and Sunday morning Dharma teachings and annual intensive Summer Courses presented by our beloved founder and teacher Venerable Geshe Lhundub Sopa Rinpoche, as well as both visiting and resident scholars such as Jangtse Choje Rinpoche, Khensur Geshe Donyo, and Venerable Geshe Thabkay. This tradition continues today in the new temple with resident teachers Venerable Geshe Tenzin Dorjee and Venerable Geshe Tenzin Sherab. Originally intended only as an open pavilion, the Kalachakra Temple has transformed into something more significant and meaningful for large numbers of Dharma students, the faithful, and international visitors.
Kalachakra Temple Restoration Project
During the fall of 2013, Geshe Lhundub Sopa seeing the necessity of commencing a Kalachakra Temple restoration project, expressed the wish that this important historical landmark be preserved with serious efforts so that future generations would be able to visit and utilize this special space for meditation, contemplation and study. We need your financial support to commence this worthwhile effort.
Basic architectural studies are being conducted to determine optimal methods for restoring and preserving this important landmark. The current wooden foundation and support beams have shown serious signs of age, making the building unusable. To preserve the Kalachakra Temple, a concrete foundation will be poured, and the heating, ventilation, and plumbing systems will be updated. The restored Temple will incorporate updated energy efficient amenities. The goal is a faithful restoration of the unique features, maintaining the essence of the original structure by paying close attention to its historic details. Once restored, the Kalachakra Temple will serve as an enduring historic landmark and sacred space for spiritual activities, meditation and retreats for many decades into the future.
The Kalachakra Temple at Deer Park Buddhist Center remains a vibrant and important historic Tibetan Buddhist landmark. With your participation, may this unique spiritual legacy continue to develop and evolve for the future generations.
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