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On the chilly afternoon of February 9, 2007, fourteen Tibetan monks from Gyuto Monastery in India performed a ritual blessing of the location for Tiny's stupa.



Groundbreaking occurred in the pouring rain
Friday, May 11.


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After the ground had a chance to dry out, the concrete base was poured on Monday, May 14.

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Construction continued through the summer interrupted by the untimely death of Sonam Lama's teacher, and advisor to the stupa project, Ven. Dagom Rinpoche. Sonam also made an unplanned trip to Nepal to procure necessary artifacts for the stupa. Originally set to finish in early summer, the stupa had to be postponed until fall. Sonam carved by hand the top stacked dharma wheels from a single stone, a very time-consuming process.

Venerable Achok Rinpoche, long-time friend of both Sonam Lama and Steven Rodman, took time out from his busy teaching schedule to come to Massachusetts and oversee the completion of the project, making sure everything was put in proper order and blessing the final construction. The date was October 31, 2007, exactly 20 years to the day after Steve first "took refuge" with Tiny in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

photos by Amy Zuckerman and Steven Rodman


  • A video excerpt which includes the Gyuto Monks consecrating the stupa site has been posted to YouTube and can be seen at the link here: Documentary

  • A link to The Greenfield Reporter's May 12, 2007 story about Tiny and the stupa is here.



last modified: May, 2010

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