This era is called an age of degeneration on a global scale, sickness, famine, war and conflict continue to intensify, while individually our well-being and contentment diminish. In a well-known prayer of supplication, Padmasambhava is called the "Precious, supreme protector in these degenerate times." Through the strength of his loving kindness, paintings, statues and other images of this "supreme protector" are a source of calm and harmony wherever they are placed. By participating in their construction, individuals directly bring global benefit as well as making a personal connection to these blessings.
Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche's address at the opening of the temple of Zandog Palri in Mysore, India.http://www.padmaworldpeace.org/resource ... ysore.html
To directly counter the prevailing negativity in the current age, in 2002 the Venerable Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche, head of the Palyul Retreat Center in Nepal, initiated a project to create numerous statues of Padmasambhava.
Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Kesang Choden Wangchuck, helped Khenpo Rinpoche plant the first seed by assisting in the process of building a master copy of a Padmasambhava statue in the traditional likeness of the "Lotus Born." The model was first made with clay, which proved to be too brittle and had to be reworked in brass for durability. When the model was finally completed and a mold was taken from it, however, casts from this mold produced identical, richly detailed, thirteen-foot tall brass statues weighing 1,100 kilograms apiece.
View a letter from Her Majesty the Queen Mother of Bhutan, Ashi Kesang Chodenhttp://www.padmaworldpeace.org/images/Q ... an-ltr.jpg
Seven of these exquisite statues have been finished: one has been sent to Nepal; one to California, America; four to India: Sikkim, Bodhgaya, Manali and Namdroling Monastery in Mysore each received one; and the most recent was given to one of the eight locations or LINGS established by Longchenpa in Bhutan which was in ruins, and under reconstruction at present. Through Ven. Khenpo Namdrol's Padmasambhava Global Project for World Peace, statues are constantly being cast from the original mold and are intended for further distribution in Europe, Asia and around the globe.
In 2004, His Holiness the Dalai Lama determined to build 100,000 Padmasambhava statues of all sizes to be spread around the world as a blessing.
The Global Project for World Peace has made a similar determination to continuously create duplicates from this great mold, with the goal of placing 25 statues throughout the world specifically to deter negativity and spread blessings of compassion and wisdom.
The Venerable Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche is appealing to the global Community for financial support for this meritorious project.http://www.padmaworldpeace.org/about.html
Namdrol's aspiration to dispel negativity is being realized by the placement of the powerful Guru Rinpoche statues throughout the world. Through Khenpo's kindness and with his blessings of the Padmasambhava Global Project for World Peace, statues are constantly being cast from the original mold and are intended for further distribution around the globe.
# Pharping, Nepal
The first Guru Rinpoche statue made from the original mold resides at NgaYab Pema Od Ling, Padmasambhava Temple, Pharping (Yangleshod), Sheshnarayan-3, Kathmandu, Nepal.
View photos of Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche, His precious Teachers, His retreat center and the Padmasambhava statue.
# Sikkim, India
The second statue was placed in Yugsam, the sacred holy place of Guru Padmasambhava, at Yangthang Rinpoches monestary there.
# Alameda, California
The third Guru Rinpoche statue resides at Orgyen Dorje Den, Pacific Region Yeshe Nyingpo Center; 2244 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda, CA, USA
View photos of the statue in the Orgyen Dorje Den temple.
# Mysore, India
The fourth Padmasambhava statue blesses the Namdroling, Ngagyur Nyingma Nunnery, Bylakupee, Mysore, Karnataka, India.
# Himachal Pradesh, India
The fifth statue has been placed at Hango (Khunu), Kinnour District, H.P. India.
# Bodh Gaya, India
The sixth statue resides at the Temple of Nyingma Monlam Chenmo International Foundation, Bodh Gaya, Bihar, India.
The seventh Guru Rinpoche statue is placed at Nyelung Dechak Ling, one of the eighth greatest places of Longchen Rabjampa (Longchenpa), near Gangteng Monastery, Bhutan.
The eighth statue has been installed in Paro, Bhutan.
# Future Plans
Due to the generosity and kind support of many, 8 of the 25 Padmasambhava statues have been planted firmly. Plans are underway for the creation and installation of new statues, however your support is needed. The following locations may be future sights. If you or your sangha is interested in supporting the project or have aspirations to place a statue in your region or temple, please click here to send us an email.
# Bir, India at Palyul Chukhor Ling
# Upstate New York, USA. H.H. Penor Rinpoche's Palyul Retreat Center
# Dordogne, France - The late H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche's home.
# Pharping, Nepal - Guru Rinpoche cave
# Tibet (two statues planned)
# Kathmandu, Nepal - Swayambunath Temple
# Yolmo Valley, Nepal