His Holiness Yangsi Dudjom Pema Shepa Rinpoche visited Bodhivastu’s Big Indian Meditation Retreat and Healing Sanctuary on July 5th, 2019. This extraordinary visit represents a fulfillment of a long time cycle spanning two Dudjom incarnations. Decades ago, while Lama Rangbar Nyimai Ozer was on retreat under the guidance of the previous Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche at Orgyen Cho Dzong in NY, he had heard that some people came from a nearby Ashram to get a tsokshing (Spine of a Stupa) in the shape of a Large Phurba, blessed by his Holiness for a Stupa dedicated to their Guru Swami Rudrananda. HH Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche blessed that and now, some thirty years later, due to the miraculous blessings of His Holiness, this Ashram has become a Dudjom Tersar meditation center where Vajrakilaya is practiced. Recently at our humble request, HH Yangsi Dudjom Pema Shepa Rinpoche blessed the entire Stupa in person. This Stupa, having been made with positive devotional intentions of previous custodians from the Rudi community and current blessings of His Holiness Yangsi Dudjom Pema Shepa Rinpoche is worthy of preservation.
Some major restoration stages have already been completed by Silver Ra Baker of the Rudi community along with his team from Texas.
This year, please join both Bodhivastu and Rudi communities between August 17th to the 23rd when Silver Ra and his “Texas Team” return to complete another stage of restoration on the lower portion of the stupa. Lama Rangbar has already cleared the ground to pace the way for landscaping for wayfarers and drainage etc. Lama Rangbar will be offering teachings about stupas and meditation in general during this time along with regular group fire puja practices and Bodhivastu community work on the meditation hall as well. Please enjoy the photo Gallery below which shows highlights of previous year’s restoration activities and teachings:
If you wish to attend please contact us ahead of time
Volunteer / Participants can bring food and tents to facilitate their stay.