“May the teachings that are the true medicine for the suffering of sentient beings and the source of permanent peace and joy be materially supported and appropriately honored. May they abide for a long, long time.”
History of the Kalachakra Temple
Deer Park Buddhist Center began with this humble building in 1981. Through Venerable Geshe Lhundub Sopa-la’s request, His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama bestowed the very first Kalachakra initiation ever held in the West at Deer Park Buddhist Center, in Oregon, Wisconsin. The original Kalachakra Temple was constructed in the summer of 1981 first as an outdoor pavilion for the Kalachakra Initiation. The pavilion was later enclosed and dedicated as a Buddhist temple for learning, study and contemplation.
Over the next 35 years the Kalachakra Temple facilitated many important Buddhist teachings and programs taught by world renowned Buddhist scholars and lineage masters of our generation, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe Sopa, Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche, Lati Rinpoche, Jangtse Choje Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khensur Geshe Donyo, Geshe Thabkay, Keutsang Rinpoche Dagri Rinpoche and Yangsi Rinpoche. All have introduced many unique Buddhist teaching programs.
Kalachakra Temple Restoration Project
During the fall of 2013, Geshe Lhundub Sopa expressed his wish that the Kalachakra Temple be restored and preserved due to its historical and cultural importance. Geshe Sopa-la envisioned the restored Kalachakra Temple as a holy place to be utilized for meditation, contemplation, and study.
Today, the weather has taken its toll on this small wooden building. The original foundation, wood paneling, walls and support beams have severely decayed and deteriorated. The building is no longer in service and beyond repair. In order to properly preserve this structure, a permanent concrete foundation, appropriate weatherization and protection are needed for this temple to continue to serve as a historical landmark and a sacred space for spiritual teachings for many decades to come.
How You Can Help
The Kalachakra Temple will be a faithful restoration of the original temple building, with close attention to its unique architectural details. The project will include improved structural integrity by incorporating a solid foundation, steel columns and beams. Updated amenities will include an energy efficient heating and cooling system, audio-video capabilities, a restroom for attendees, and a front gate on the main entrance to improve security on the premises.
An estimated $850,000 (USD) is needed for this restoration project.
The Kalachakra Temple at Deer Park Buddhist Center remains a vibrant and important historic Tibetan Buddhist landmark. With your participation, may this unique spiritual legacy continue to develop and evolve for the future generations.
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