The Story So far…
A new and exciting chapter has begun for Big Indian as the custodianship of part of the land has been turned over to Bodhivastu Foundation and it’s President and founder, Lama Rangbar Nyimai Özer, a Mantra lineage holder trained in the Vajrayana Buddhist tradition over the past 30 years according to the ancient tradition of Padmasambhava. Recognized by Tsewang Ngodrup Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Tulku Chimed Yugyal, the ritual meditation master of Rangnang Ogmin Ling Dzogchen Monastery in Kham, Tibet, he exemplifies the transfer of Eastern Wisdom to Western mind. The Lama and the Foundation plan to revive the land to become an active spiritual center once again.
Meet-and-Greet Lama Rangbar
May 31, 2014
Thanks to the efforts of Daniel Subkoff and George Subkoff there was a meet-and-greet day for all interested parties on Saturday, May 31st. Some 60 attendees of both the Lama’s group and teachers & students in Rudi’s tradition gathered on a bright and sunny day to hear what Lama Rangbar had to say.
Lama Rangbar welcomed us on this auspicious occasion by leading us in a prayer, Calling the Lama From Afar, to remind us that this land has to do with the guru, “someone who brings you out of ignorance into the light and luminosity. So this place is a manifestation of the guru”.
The Lama goes on to say that “John Mann has kept things going as an act of devotion to his teacher, Rudi. I don’t think it was easy for him to do that. I think he must have felt like he was hanging on to the side of a cliff by his fingernails.” After all these years, says the Lama, John is in his senior years and has the right to meditate and not be concerned with the details. “And maybe it is my time in life to be saddled with something,” joked the Lama.
Big Indian Celebration
July 27, 2014
There was a celebratory gathering to honor John Mann for caretaking Big Indian for many decades, and to acknowledge his generous gift of part of the land to the not-for-profit Bodhivastu Foundation. The gathering was hosted by Founder and President Lama Rangbar on behalf of the Foundation.
Notes Daniel Subkoff: “Another aspect of the day was to gather people connected to Rudi, his lineage, or interrelated lineages (such as the Nyingma lineage of Lama Rangbar) on the land, to engage in spiritual activity together. This “primes the pump” of the sacred energy associated with the place, activating it, and nourishing everyone involved…”
Mariamma Statue Arrives
July 27-August 28, 2014
On July 27th Big Indian welcomed the newly-arrived statue of the Hindu Goddess Mariamma, which was donated to the Bodhivastu Foundation for the land in Big Indian by Sai Maa, a Hindu guru based in Colorado with her own international following. The statue was commissioned by Sri Tiruchi Mahaswamigal (Apaji), a guru very close to Sai Maa, who had a vision of the goddess offering blessings to America. It was carved in India ten years ago. “She’s a goddess to be reckoned with, you could say,” said Lama Rangbar. “All 6,000+ pounds and ten feet of her are astounding.”
After a month of looking for the right person to gently move all 3 tons of the statue from her reclining Buddha pose to an upright posture, Mariamma made her move on August 28 with a small contingent of followers to witness the 4-hour journey. It was a wondrous and mostly sunny day, filled with heartfelt prayers. There was a collective sigh of relief that reverberated through the Catskill Mountains, and surely all the way back to Colorado once she found her resting place…
Mariamma Statue Consecration Ceremony Video
August 29, 2015
In August, 2015, the Bodhivastu Foundation held the extremely rare event of the consecration ceremony of the extraordinary Mariamma statue now residing in Big Indian, NY. Lama Rangbar explains the significance and importance of this event, as led by Acharya Dawa Chhodak Rinpoche.