Ven. Tenzin Jamyang and Ven.
Tenpa Tsering performed a Ground Purification Ceremony at 1 p.m.
Sunday, October 7, 2001, at the Tibetan Cultural Center, 3655
Snoddy Road, Bloomington, Indiana. This Buddhist ritual consisted
of prayers to ask the local deities permission to begin construction
of the Chamtse Ling on the grounds of the Tibetan Cultural Center.
The Chamtse Ling will be an international temple for world peace
and harmony and is scheduled to be erected by the spring of 2002.
The Purification Ceremony consisted
of three pujas or sets of prayers. The first puja, sa chog, asked
the deities to bless our endeavors and give us good fortune.
The second puja, tri sal, purified the ground of all negative
obstructions. The third puja lam rim monlam, consisted of prayers
of the Graduated Path of Tsong Khapa, the founder of the Gelugpa
sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
Previously, in July of 1996
His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet came to the Tibetan Cultural
Center and dedicated the grounds of the Tibetan Cultural Center
for the building of the Chamtse Ling. Last November, at our Ground
Breaking Ceremony, Ven. Jigdal Dagchen Sakya of Sakya Monastery
in Seattle, performed the khi sal puja. Ven. Tenzin Jamyang and
Ven. Tenpa Tsering, both resident monks of the Tibetan Cultural
Center, will perform these rituals again in preparation of the
construction that will begin within the next few weeks.
The public was invited to attend
this Purification Ceremony and join us in our preparations for
the building of the Chamtse Ling. Although a Buddhist temple,
the Chamtse Ling will be open to persons of all faiths to provide
for them a sanctuary for their endeavors to promote world peace