Since the very earliest days when De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre was advised by its Spiritual Director, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, to build a large Enlightenment Stupa, the project has been completely dependent on volunteer help.
We’ve come a long way since the foundations of the Enlightenment Stupa were poured in March 2003. Our journey has just reached a major milestone. The Stupa is now a functioning holy object, and looks and feels amazing. Its immediate environment already feels very special. It is a time to rejoice in what we have achieved together so far.
The journey, however, is not over. Apart from its final ornamentation, which is now substantially completed, the final task is to make the Stupa available to others, thus enabling the seed of enlightenment to be planted in their minds. Offering this is a gift beyond price – and the reason Lama Zopa Rinpoche encouraged the building of a stupa on Kangaroo Island, a popular tourist destination.
Making the Enlightenment Stupa available to others means providing for their needs, like parking, toilets, safety and shelter. The plans for this have long been taking shape and are now clearly worked out (see Landscape Plan). Making those plans a reality is the next task and we need your help.
The work that has to be completed to make the Stupa and surrounds safe for the public are:
- Completion of the ablutions block
- Prayer wheel house and surrounding deck
Future additions to the Stupa surrounds include:
- The large prayer wheel and house
Right now we have a very special opportunity. For the rest of our lives we can rejoice knowing that an Enlightenment Stupa on Kangaroo Island exists, that we put it there, and that it will generate positive energy for hundreds of years.
You can help by making a donation, thereby enabling these various aspects of the Stupa project to come to completion.
All donations to the Stupa are tax-deductible. If we all pitch in, the job will be done.
To make a donation via our website, go to the donations page.
If you are unable to offer financial support, you can support us by volunteering for a work retreat at De-Tong Ling. Feel free to Contact Us and please visit our Volunteering page for more information.
The benefits of giving in this way to such a powerful object as a Stupa are immense. If merely walking around a stupa generates powerful positive karmic imprints, imagine the benefits of actively supporting the construction of a Stupa.