Welcome to our blog of progress reports on the planning and construction of Mangala Shri Bhuti’s Sangdo Palri Temple. Stay abreast of the process through updates, photos and videos here on the blog, or sign up to receive this same news via email or RSS.
The Team Gathers
Mangala Shri Bhuti’s Sangdo Palri Temple combines elements and motifs from the Tibetan tradition, in which structure and form all have symbolic and auspicious meanings, with a Japanese aesthetic and design. (And, as Kongtrul Rinpoche has said, “…and using American materials.”) The temple has maintained a distinctly Japanese appearance over the course of Kelly Smith’s design process, while a recent, extended visit with Kongtrul Rinpoche in Bir, India, clarified many of the symbolic and formal aspects of the building that emerge specifically from traditional Sangdo Palri temples.
This meeting of the core team of builders, Nicholas Carter, Terry Goergen and Dana Ming (via Skype), and architect, Kelly Smith, was the first time the entire group had the opportunity to survey the plans and the graceful, subtle and magnificent way in which they merge Japanese aesthetics and forms with the Tibetan and, as a whole, evoke the mandala of Guru Rinpoche’s Copper Colored Mountain.
This ‘team based’ approach brings many minds, and much experience, to bear on this unusual building being constructed about a mile up into the foot hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, where Lonchen Jigme Samten Ling is located, Mangala Shri Bhuti’s primary retreat center. This first meeting was highly informative, identifying questions and challenges inherent in the design. For example, the video clip above captures part of a discussion about how the builders will structurally support the Japanese-style curved roofs, seen on traditional Japanese Temples. Time was also spent mapping out the road ahead for May, when excavation, key systems planning and design, and sub-contractor hiring begins in earnest.
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The Flickr photostream about the Temple: http://www.flickr.com/photos/62378599@N08/