We are proud to announce the new seat of the Venerable Chhoje Rinpoche in North America — Padmasambhava Meditation Center of the Rockies located in Denver, Colorado, near Denver University. The building, formerly a church, has been transformed it into a magnificent dharma center. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, it is a place where Rinpoche gives teachings and will invite other Lamas and Khenpos to teach on special topics.
As a blessed space, it is a conducive environment for the sangha to gather and practice. There are evening and weekend meditation classes, and at least one an annual week long retreat. The completion of the center is progressing in stages, based on the availability of adequate funding.
There are essentially 2 floors to the building, an upper floor (about 5,500 square feet) featuring a large and spacious shrine room (very open and peaceful space, with plenty of windows and amazing light), a Dharma shop, and a reception area – and a lower floor (approximately 4,000 square feet) that will contain offices, a commercial kitchen, a large dining area, restrooms, additional meeting rooms, and a library. There is also a large (and quite beautiful) entrance area, a large parking lot in front of the building, and one small room at the top of the building, which will be used for Lama/student interviews.Make a donation
Chhoje Rinpoche gives a personal tour of the new dharma center!
We recorded this video of Chhoje Rinpoche walking through the new Denver Center when it was still in shell form. It is wonderful to hear his vision for the space!
To see photos of the center-in-progress, please click on Photo Gallery.
October 2013 Update – Phase One
We have completed phase one of construction, which includes the entryway, shrine room, elevator, book store, kitchenette, Lama waiting room and restrooms. In addition the exterior is now complete with new stucco, roof and solar lighting tubes.
Currently, the statues are being repaired, artwork is being completed on them, and then they will be consecrated. This is a very in depth process which includes quite a lot of metal work, gold plating, painting, and the consecration of precious materials that go inside the statues. This is expected to take the next 3 months.
Phase 2 of construction will occur when we have raised the necessary funds, which amount to around $250,000. This includes a library, dining room, commercial kitchen, offices, and a private interview room for meetings with the Lama. We will be able to host teachings whether or not Phase 2 is completed, but it would be ideal to have construction complete before opening.
Here is a list of items that we would like to raise money for at this time:
- $2,500 for meditation cushions
- $1,000 for chairs
- $5,000 for statue consecration and gilding supplies
- $5,000 for kitchen supplies so we can host big events and provide food.
We have also taken out a loan for $150,000 to get us to this point in the project, so any help to pay off this loan would be appreciated. The best way to do this is to become a member.
Although funds are extremely important right now, we also need volunteers to assist in landscaping and cleaning the center to prepare for its opening, as well as ongoing maintenance. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming volunteer dates as well as for the opening date of the center.
June 2013 Update on Phase One
- $2,500 for meditation cushions
- $1,500 for chairs
- $3,000 for statue consecration supplies
- $500 for kitchen supplies
May 2013 Progress Report
Great progress has been made inside the main level of the center. All heating/cooling, electrical, audio/visual, insulation and plumbing has been completed for the main level. Dry walling will be completed by the beginning of June and then the flooring will be installed.
We are very excited that the three statues that Rinpoche ordered arrived safely. They are the Buddha, Tara, and Guru Rinpoche. Additionally, the roof of the building has been replaced and work on the exterior of the building will begin at the beginning of June. The exterior will be redone in stucco with “traditional” Tibetan window treatments.
The final steps:
- Constructing the throne for the statues and consecrating them
- Construction of shelving for texts in the shrine area
- Finish work, including the windows, doors, trim work, shelving units
- Exterior stucco
With this progress, we hope to have Phase One construction complete by mid-August. We will keep everyone updated on the opening ceremonies as soon as we have determined the exact date of completion.
Help Bring Rinpoche’s Vision to Fruition
- $200,000 for the general construction including plumbing, electrical, and heating/cooling;
- $15,000 for the altar construction, and the finishing & shipping of sacred statues (and purchase of blessed mantras “zoong”)
- $145,000 for the finishing work including dry wall, flooring, painting, and fixtures
- $80,000 for high end audio/visual equipment
- $2,500 for meditation cushions – gomdens, zambutans, and zafus
- $10,000 for new windows for the meditation hall
- $5000 for tables, chairs, supplies for hosting teachings
During Phase Two we focus on the downstairs section of the structure, with the goal of building a library, a commercial kitchen, various offices (including one for Rinpoche), a dining hall, and a caretaker’s residential suite. We need to raise approximately $250,000 to complete all of these rooms.
On-going operating expenses
In addition to construction costs, the Center has a variety of operating expenses. Additional donations will go to the following expense categories:
- Rinpoche’s health insurance
- Lama travel expenses
- Office supplies and postage
- Website maintenance
- Professional services
May All Beings Benefit!