Located in Rewalsar, Northern India near the sacred lake of Tso Pema, the Mandarava Meditation Center is currently under development. It includes green terraces descending steeply over a couple of acres on the outskirts of the ancient village of Do – one of the first villages to settle in the immediate vicinity of the sacred lake. The property also sits directly across from a huge Guru Rinpoche statue and the blessings inherent at this sacred site are phenomenal; the center will be within easy walking distance of the meditation caves of Padmasambhava and Dakini Mandarava!
As this property overlooks the sacred lake, the whole town of Tso Pema and on clear days offers a panoramic view of the majestic snow capped peaks in the distance, it will be an extraordinarily powerful place to do practice.
The photo below shows Rinpoche standing at the foot of the gate leading up to Guru Rinpoche’s and Dakini Mandarava’s caves. Along the way to these caves are yet more sacred lakes. Lady Mandarava is said to have bathed in the largest of these lakes, which is very close to the property.
Rinpoche’s intent is to build a nunnery to house fifty nuns who will come from all over the world, as well as creating long term retreat facilities for international students. Eventually a lhakong (main shrine room) will be constructed, along with lamas’ living quarters, a library, a classroom, nuns’ residential quarters and several rooms for western practitioners. There will also be a building to house and feed pilgrims and accomdate short term retreatants. A residence for the lama is also part of the plan.
Chhoje Rinpoche’s vision for the site is remarkable and he has been hard at work taking care of the myriad details needed to create the center. The architecture and the development of the site is being designed by him as well.
Currently, Rinpoche has acquired most of the property necessary to accomodate the needs of the center and has recently completed construction of an excellent road with retaining walls. Formerly a narrow footpath, this significantly enlarged, re-directed and leveled road will enable heavy trucks and machinery, such as well-digging equipment, to reach the land.
One of Chhoje Rinpoche’s first acts of kind outreach to the local community – at the local villagers’ request – was to protect their sacred tree which grows half way up the mountain, between the lake and this property.
The Mandarava Meditation Center will be an exquisitely conducive, safe and healthy environment where students will enjoy opportunities for the extended practice that we dream of! But we still need to raise funds to purchase the remaining pieces of property to complete the compound, to create infrastructure such as wells, etc. and of course, the buildings for retreatants and caretakers. For more information on how you can participate in this extraordinary center-in-process, please contact yola4CR@pmctr.org. To contribute to general overall needs, click here.