The New Treasures compassionate project was conceived by H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, a Tertön for our age, who is the regent of Padmasambhava in the world. This project was constructed to be the new teaching "seat" emphasizing Buddhist teachings based on H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche's visions or terma discoveries. The Nepal site was chosen due to many auspicious indications. Additionally it was envisioned that this location would be a correct place to provide extensive teachings for both eastern monks/students coming out of Tibet as well as western students who have traveled east.
Rinpoche Needs your Help
We all understand that this sacred project of the Tertön still needs a great deal of support and financing in order to reach completion and maintenance of the entire vision. There is still much work yet to be done: Guest House, Retreat Center, and commercial buildings. We still need your support, and we now ask for your donations, your pledges, your continued generosity during the coming years.
Make a Donation to Support New Treasures/Rigon Tashi Choeling Monastery
Contribute to the New Treasures Monastery online now at New Treasures Projects Donation.
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The Current Project
The project currently includes a grand four story Gompa, residential quarters for approximately 150 to 200 monks, class rooms and teaching facilities, kitchen/dining hall and office space. Additionally, there are plans to construct a residential guest house and retreat center, both of which would be used by both eastern and western lay practitioners studying with the Ripa Masters. While the land for both of these facilities has already been aquired, the construction has yet to begin.
Role of Ripa Ladrang Foundation
Along with supporting the Ripa Teaching Tour activities, The Ripa Ladrang Foundation was primarily created to support the New Treasures project. The Ripa Ladrang board has elected to make this Nepal project its primary fundraising effort in order to ensure the completion of the third phase of this vital Buddhist monastery. This would include the funding of a Guest House, Retreat Center, and a few other commercial buildings to support large western groups, such as restaurants, conference centers, etc. To date, the New Treasures project has raised over $2 Million to fund the existing structures. It is estimated that an addition $800,000 will be needed to fully complete Phase 3. Once Phase 3 has been completed, then the project will likely focus on ongoing maintenance and support of all Ripa Monasteries.
The main property for the New Treasures project was purchased in 1997. Seed money of $100,000 was donated by a Taiwanese student. A Swiss student of Gyetrul Jigme Rinpoche donated 100,000 Swiss Francs for constructing the Service / Kitchen building which has now been built, and for portions of stone wall development for the area. Certain other existing parts of the project were developed with Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche's personal monies. The separate tract of land for the retreat area - located 40 minutes from the monastery site - was purchased from the initial $50,000 donated by the Ripa Ladrang Foundation. (This land has subsequently been sold and a new tract of land which is within sight of the Monistary, approximately 10 minutes walk, is now the location of the retreat land.)
In May of 2000, another parcel of land for the Monastery was purchased - the piece adjacent to the existing monastery parcel so that now the property for the monastery project is much larger than the original acreage. This permitted the expansion of the size and placement of the Monastery from its original concept.
The project has thus far been organized into three primary phases:
Phase 1 (Oct. 1999 thru Dec. 31, 2000)
Preliminary phase included fundraising with a goal of $250,000 to cover initial analysis, engineering studies, architectural plans, secondary land purchases, groundbreaking ceremonies and events, and initial construction supply purchases. The fundraising goal was exceeded by Ripa Ladrang Foundation, reaching $302,500 by the October 13, 1999 deadline. Phase 1 included development of final plans, final engineering and soil reports, and start of actual construction of the Monastery on the primary land. To see pictures of the ground breaking ceremony go to the New Treasures Photo Gallery.
Funds raised in Phase 1 totaled $252,728.
Phase 2 (Jan. 1, 2001 - Nov. 11, 2005)
The monastery was redesigned many times over before H.E. Namkha Drimed Rinpoche was satisfied that it would fulfill his sacred vision for this Buddhist project. The Ripa masters even sent their architect on a tour of India's holy places so that he would better understand how to design and implement the Tertön's vision for this place. When all the conditions were right, when the design was perfected, work began. Phase 2 includes completion of construction of the Monastery as well as construction of the classroom, kitchen & dining facility.
Final design touches to the Monastery and other buildings, including landscaping, interior furnishings, brocades, banners, flags, statues, signs and custom artwork, as well as special ritual configurations needed by a major Buddhist monastery and retreat center also are needed in order to reach final completion. The top Bhutanese sculptors were retained for sculpting the great statues for the Ripa Monastery in Pharping. The statues would not be of metals but would be sculpted in the Tibetan traditional style of clay to assure the finest detail and quality. Five huge statues were placed in the Main Hall of Buddha, Padmasambhava, Chenrezig, as well as wrathful deities Hiyagriva and Dorje Drolod.
There was also large statues in the Temple of Gesar of Lord Gesar himself as well as the goddess of compassion Tara. These are located in the part of the monastery dedicated to Gesar on the 2nd level. The completion of Phase 2 of the New Treasures project ended on November 11, 2005 with the Opening Ceremony. To see pictures of the construction and Opening Ceremony go to the New Treasures Photo Gallery.
Funds raised in Phase 2 totaled $2,152,728
Phase 3 (Nov. 11, 2005 - Present)
Having all of the main buildings for the Monastery constructed, the Ripa Masters have now turned their attention on the facilities that will be needed most by the western students. The primary objective of Phase 3 of the New Treasures Project will be the funding for the construction of a Guest House, Retreat Center, and a few commercial buildings to support western students such as restaurants, etc. In order to complete this vision, the Ripa Ladrang Foundation needs to raise an additional $800,000. This would bring the total amount raised for the Monastery to just under $3,000,000 which is on target with what was originally projected.
Funds Raised Target for Phase 3 total - $2,955,728.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, your help is very much appreciated!
You should always hold in your mind:
"Today I will practice the holy dharma
Tomorrow I will practice the holy dharma
Next month I will practice the holy dharma
I will always practice the holy dharma until I reach Enlightenment."
H.E. Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, Tertön