The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa's Visit to Crestone in 1979


The stupa that was built was a stupa called a Tashi Gomang stupa. This type of stupa follows certain guidelines that indicate its intention and relevance. The stupa contains relics from Tilopa, Marpa, Milarepa, Rechungpa, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Longchenpa, Lodro Thaye, Dilgo Khyentse, Tulku Urgyen, and Trungpa Rinpoche. It also contains wood from the Bodhi tree, the four elements, stones from the eight pilgrimage sites in India, 100,000 tsa tsas, and many medicinal herbs. Thrangu Rinpoche was very close to the 16th Karmapa and spent 20 years of his life (along with Khenpo Karthar) teaching at Rumtek, India the seat of the Karmapa. When asked why he had built Vajra Vidya in Sarnath, India Thrangu Rinpoche said that the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa had wanted to build a monastery close to the Deer Park where the Buddha first taught. In order to fulfill his teacher's wish Thrangu Rinpoche has built an Institute that is a reflection of his great devotion to his teacher the 16th Karmapa and a key element in maintaining the unbroken lineage of the Kagyus.

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