Lama Gyurme, a Tibetan artist trained at Mindroling monastery in central Tibet, is continuing his work to complete the temple design. Lama Gyurme is in the process of painting twenty-nine individual Dzogchen Mandalas that will cover the entire ceiling of the Temple shrine room (Nirmanakaya). The choice of these particular mandalas was made with Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche‘s guidance—these are extraordinary mandalas designed to trigger ‘liberation through seeing’.
There is an opportunity to sponsor one or more of the Dzogchen mandalas and create a marvelous interdependent connection with Tara Mandala and the practices represented in the mandala.
FAQ: Temple Ceiling Mandala Sponsorship
Q: What order will the mandalas be painted in?
A: Lama Gyurme is painting the mandalas in the order they are sponsored.
Q: How long does it take to paint one mandala?
A: The mandalas vary in their complexity. It will take Lama Gyurme several weeks to a few months to paint each mandala depending on how complex the design is. The sponsorship amount of each mandala reflects the number of hours Lama Gyurme has estimated it will take to complete that particular piece as well as installation costs.
Q: Can dedications be made with Mandala Sponsorship?
A: Yes, we encourage dedications with each sponsorship, though it is not necessary. Feel free to make a dedication to a special individual, a cause, or an aspiration near to your heart.
Q: Can I make a partial donation toward a Ceiling Mandala?
A: If you are looking to make your sponsorship more cost-effective, we suggest organizing a group of sangha members to sponsor one of the mandalas and sharing the experience with your group. We simply ask that you organize payment among yourselves and have one member of the group make the payment. We are unable to process multiple payments for one mandala. Upon payment, if each individual in the group would like a tax letter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names and amounts sponsored by the members of your group. In the subject of the email, please include “Ceiling Mandala Sponsorship,” the name of your mandala, and “Group Tax Letters”.
For any other questions regarding payment, please email email@example.com with “Ceiling Mandalas Question” in the subject line.
The three-story, 12,000 sq. ft. Tara Temple was built between 2007 and 2009 using the skills of traditional Bhutanese wood carvers and Tibetan artists. Lama Gyurme Rabgye was the visual artist and painter of the entire temple and worked closely with David Petit and Lama Tsultrim Allione to create one of the most exquisite representations of Vajrayana Buddhist cosmology in the world. His work is featured throughout the inside and outside of the temple, with unique imagery on each of the four entrance facades.