Aspirations of Our Benefactors
It is our conviction that the
aspiration prayers of the Sangha are just as important as
money in fulfilling Garchen Rinpoche's wishes for the
Garchen Institute. We deeply appreciate your prayers for the
success of the Endowment! We frequently receive beautiful
prayers and poems from donors, and we would like to share
By sending your prayers or aspirations
to us, you are giving your permission for us to share them
on this website. If you do not want them to be made public
in this way, please let us know.
May the merit of our generosity and noble intentions bring
all beings to enlightenment!
It’s 2:30 in the morning, and the moon is
casting sharp black shadows under the eaves of the stupa,
where I’ve come to ease my aching knees and wake up in the
cold air. The rough flagstone feels good under my boots.
Prayer wheel spinning in one hand and a mug of hot tea in
the other, I circumambulate.
Below, in the temple, the musical pulse of the Vajrakilaya
mantra is barely audible, mixing with the night wind in the
The preciousness of this place suddenly wells up, stinging
in my eyes. So many images rush to mind: the woman who just
now arrived in the temple, out of the black vastness of a
night of travel, gratefully prostrating into the dim red
glow of the temple—Garchen Rinpoche, who had meditated
motionless as the rest of us came and went, looked up to
wave and greet her; my deep admiration for the staff member
who worked all day until 11:00 PM, and is now back in the
temple practicing; Traga Rinpoche, humble and businesslike,
filling the offering bowls before dawn and beginning his
Filled with moonlight, tea and blessings, I’m ready to head
back into the warm heart of the practice mandala. Walking
down the steps from the stupa, I feel amazed—that I’m
actually here, that I belong here. And grateful that this is
a place where bodhicitta is actually being practiced.
To my dharma friends—those of you who love Garchen Rinpoche
and love the Southwest Buddhafield—please make aspiration
prayers from your heart that this Dharma Center, Rinpoche’s
jewel-like gift to us, may continue forever as a beacon of
loving kindness. The Southwest Buddhafield Endowment Fund is
intended to help make this happen. If you are able to
contribute financially, I feel strongly that there is no
greater field of merit, and that great benefit will come of
this. I also strongly believe that this is a perfect way of
serving our holy guru.
Southwest Buddhafield Endowment Fund
"May the Garchen Institute provide a place
of refuge and reunion for all of the disciples in our
mandala for this and all future lifetimes, and may the
mandala continue to expand until all of samsara is emptied."
"May we all work together for the benefit
and awakening of all of us, with much love."
This aspiration and a generous donation were made in honor
of Margie Shepard and Bob Noren.
To Kent and Eyahnna,
Wherever you are, thank you! The wonderful dharma books and
materials you donated raised lots of money for the
endowment, and raised our spirits as well. We wish you all
the best in your new endeavors and hope you'll keep in
Jacki, Bill and Will
From the space of unelaborated primordially perfected union
of awareness & compassion
is the heart-son of the buddhas, Garchen Rinpoche.
Your undiscriminating wisdom activity
manifests as boundless compassion and the pure expression of
the six perfections.
The purity of your spontaneous
enlightened expressions is difficult to comprehend leaving
this disciple paralyzed with flowing tears of bliss.
A nirmanakaya emanation of the peaceful
and wrathful deities.
Lama hold me in your loving gaze of the Arya's.
Lama may I never be separated from you in all lifetimes.
Lama bless my mind that samsara & nirvana be of one taste
Lama may my heart become as vast as space leaving no room
Lama may I abide in your noble assembly emptying the six
realms imbued with vajra pride.
Above all, may my mind & heart become inseparable from
Lama I pray your emanations & activities never cease and
your life be long.
Written during the repelling section of
the Yamantaka drubchen by the disciple Konchok Dodul.
To Cindy Haney: Dear Vajra Sister,
The Colorado sangha has made a generous offering to the
Endowment in your honor. May blessings of health, happiness
and love surround and protect you!
A very generous donation has been made to
the Endowment by Kevin and Jane Knapp, in honor of Kevin's
late parents, William H. Knapp and Jane Louise Keith Knapp.
May the blessings of merit and goodness accompany them
Due to the auspicious occasion of our beloved Lama
teaching in Tucson and the student receiving Social Security
Disability there is one less Tara available on the Thangka.