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THE CONSECRATION AND OPENING OF
THE MILAREPA TOWER AT SEKAR MONASTERY
The opening and consecration of the Milarepa Tower at Sekar Retreat Center was held on November 25, 2012. The tower and retreat center are below the famous cave where Milarepa was in retreat. The tower is a replica of the tower that was constructed in Tibet by Milarepa under Marpa the Translator in order to purify his karma. Because of his endurance in undertaking this hardship, Thrangu Rinpoche felt inspired to recreate the tower below the cave.
The Hundred and One Songs of Milarepa tells the story of Raktya Cave which is counted among the outer, inner and secret caves where Milarepa meditated. This cave is one of the five major places in Nepal where Milarepa stayed.
The tower is seven stories. The first tower has a shrineroom with a beautiful statue of Milarepa in the cave. The other six stories contain three dimensional mandalas of Gyalwa Gyamtso (Red Chenreyzig), Mahakala, Chakramsamvara, Hevajra, Vajrayogini and Kalachakra.
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