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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.
After the ground had a chance to dry out, the concrete base
was poured on Monday, May 14.
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
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
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:
A link to The
Greenfield Reporter's May 12, 2007 story about Tiny and the stupa