2019 STUPA PROGRESS REPORT
This year’s progress report of the renovations at the Stupa of Intrinsic Transformation in Big Indian, NY, jumps into new territory. The film follows the colorful and intense construction process, but more importantly chronicles an impromptu talk by Lama Rangbar over lunch. The Lama connects the dots between the century-old significance of building a stupa and why being in community is such an enormous asset to our inner work.
Tremendous progress has been made over the last five years to repair the decades of decay. With the transference of the rest of the land to the Bodhivastu Foundation in 2018, this was the first year that Lama Rangbar has been at the helm of all the property. There was a palpable sense of new beginnings on a whole different level. It was no small undertaking for the volunteer crew, led by Silver Ra Baker, to travel the distance and invest a tremendous amount of time and energy for 10 days straight to accomplish the necessary tasks. Despite the fickle weather of the Catskill Mountains, Lama Rangbar worked alongside the crew, and provided inspired teachings of the moment over delicious gourmet meals, both inside and out.
One of the highlights was the last-minute visit of His Holiness Dudjom Yangsi Tendzin Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche from Bhutan who visited Big Indian to provide teachings and to bless and consecrate the work being done at the Stupa. What is so extraordinary about that is understanding that the Rinpoche’s previous reincarnation had done a blessing of the Big Indian project back in the 80’s while the stupa was still under construction.