Under the guidance of His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa, t he Saraswati Trust is establishing a Buddhist Retreat and Meditation Centre at Martam, East Sikkim. The consecration of the site was completed on 18th of April, 2006 after an elaborate three day cermony of pujas and prayers led by His Eminence Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Venerable Drupon Dechen Rinpoche , and the monks of Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre and Ralong Palchen Choeling Monastery. On this and the following pages are images of the three days of ceremonies.
Following the tradition of the Sang and Bumi Puja, the image of the “Sa-dak Toche” was drawn on the earth at the location of the main temple that will be built at the centre.
|His Eminence digging the first hole in the earth|
|Mr. Karma Topten, special guest and former Indian ambassador to Mongolia, digs the second hole|
|Based on Tibetan astrological indications and traditional rules, an eight year old girl also was invited to dig up some earth as an auspicious sign|
|His Eminence holds the Ter Bumpa to be buried in the earth under the the main temple|