Pema Osel Three Jewels Project

Dear  Friend of Pema Osel,              ,

Five years ago the Pema Osel community raised the funds to purchase the stunning Maitreya statue that has since held the space in the main shrine room. Last October he was joined by Guru Rinpoche -- a statue that had blessed the Sangdo Palri Temple during the entire construction process. The time has come to build a home for these statues to respect and honor their presence at Pema Osel. We are calling this “The Pema Osel Three Jewels Project.”

Physical representations of enlightened body, speech and mind in our world remind us of our own potential and enlightened nature. They inspire us and wake us up as soon as we encounter them face to face in the room. When we meet them this way, they are not separate things to worship, but a reminder of our lineage, the teachings, and our potential to wake up to our own nature. Rinpoche plans for Pema Osel to serve as a place of Dharma for a long, long time to come. Having a proper place for the statues deeply roots them in their place, hopefully for generations to come. Rinpoche is asking us collectively and individually to step up and make sure Pema Osel serves in this way, long into the future.

The project plan includes a 20’ x 40’ addition to the existing shrine room to house the large statues of Maitreya and Guru Rinpoche, and a possible future statue of Shakyamuni or Amitayus. The teaching throne will be moved to this addition when there are larger groups of attendees opening up more space in the existing shrine room.  The project includes some necessary improvements to the center to address safety concerns and make the teacher’s residence more functional.  The first element of the plan to improve the breezeway leading into the shrine room began in July.

The budget for all these improvements is $250,000. Before introducing this campaign to the larger MSB community we approached several members of the sangha asking for “lead gifts” that would assure we could begin construction and give confidence to our greater community that the project is on firm financial footing.  To date that effort has raised $55,000 in donations and pledges.  That represents nearly a quarter of our goal.  

We are asking you to join in realizing Rinpoche’s vision for Pema Osel.  We recognize that you have likely made generous contributions over the past several years for successful efforts to fund construction of the Sangdo Palri Temple and the Tara Dzong on the Samten Ling campus in Crestone, CO.  But not every student of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche or Pema Chodron or Elizabeth Mattis Namgyal has an opportunity to travel to Colorado to hear them teach.  Pema Osel is a critical space on the East Coast for thousands to hear each of them teach. 

Please give generously to improve this home of the dharma so that others in the MSB communities of Canada, Europe and the eastern U.S. can benefit from the Buddhist teachings so relevant and critical for these troubled times.  

      To make a donation or pledge, please address a check made to MSB and send it to Pema Osel, 322 Eastman Cross Road, Vershire VT 05079.  Please include “Pema Osel Three Jewels Project” in the memo.  To make a pledge send a note to the above address or email Michael McIllmurray at meltingmind@gmail.com and include the pledge amount and anticipated date(s) of payment. Although we keep a greater percentage of your donation when paid by check, payments via PayPal are gratefully received.  You may use this PayPal link if that is more convenient for you. Please do not use the MSB web store for this donation.  Remember, your donation is tax deductible and you will receive appropriate acknowledgment of your gift.

Thank you for giving this request serious consideration and for any contribution you can make toward realizing Rinpoche’s vision for Pema Osel.  

Yours in the Dharma, 

Rebecca, Paddy, Michael, Judith, and Jennifer O’Keefe