The preservation of cultural activities is essential for any community. Buddhism is deeply embedded in the Himalayan cultures and over the years Sacred Land has contributed in many way to different events to promote the local culture. This is especially important when the activity raises awareness about the environment, health or brings the community together for events which promote peace and harmony.
Here are just some of the activities that Sacred Land has contributed to:
The Great New Namgyal Stupa
IIn 2007, during Tengboche Rinpoche obstacle year, a Stupa of Long Life (Namgyal Chorten) was constructed in Tengboche for the long life of all the living masters and all sentient beings as as a symbol of peace and prosperity for the world. Along with the monastery and many members of the Sherpa community, Sacred Land contributed to the construction costs.
On the very day the newly constructed stupa in Tengboche was inaugurated and consecrated the peace agreement beetween the maoist rebels and the Nepali Government was signed.
The Bumpas – Precious Treasure Vases
In 2001, Tengboche Rinpoche instigated the making of about 1000 precious Sachi-Bumpas (vases to heal the earth and to restore prosperity) In 2007, he made 500 Tendrel Nyersel Bumpa (vases to remove obstacles and to create good conditions) . The vases made under the guidance of Tengboche Rinpoche and are filled with a lot of precious substances. All the vases were consecreted in a week long ceremony by Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche. The vases are said to contain tremendous blessings from hundreds of Vayrayana masters. In 2002, one of the peace vases was burried behind the German Parliament (Bundestag) in Berlin, present were the speaker of the Parlament Ms. Antje Vollmar, Mr. T.T. Thingo Rinpoche, Tengboche Rinpoche, Ms. Ann-Katrin Bauknecht, the German Counsular in Stuttgart and the Nepali Minister for Culture. Interestingly, three months later the German Budestag decided not to enter the war with Iraq.
Rinpoche, with the help of Sacred Land is continuing to make Treasure Vases
Precious Pills & Mendrup
Sacred Land often is involved in making traditional precious pills which have many different blessing functions. Mostly it produces long life pills which are then blessed by the lamas. Sherpas value these pills very much and all people enjoy taking them.
Sacred Land also contributes to the making the Mendrup for Tengboche Renpoche. Mendrup is a kind of sacred medicine for the well being of sentient beings. It is given out by higher lamas and Rinpoches and it is believed that by taking them one receives the blessing of future enlightenment. Mendrup is a sacred medicine and is made and blessed by the lamas. It consisting of many special herbs, ingredients and the essence of the blessings of Shakyamuni Buddha down through the lineage masters, to the Gurus of the present day. Mendrup is fermented and consecrated in a Buddhist ceremony. It has healing powers and reduces negative emotions. You can take it when you are not feeling well, face a difficult task or journey. You can eat Mendrup directly, drink it dissolved in hot water or inhale the scented smoke.
The Maratika Prayer festival
In the year 2002, a great prayer festival for peace in Nepal was called by Tengboche Rinpoche at Maratika, the cave were Lord Shiva (Hinduism) and Padmasambhava (Buddhist) meditated an reached the siddhi of imortality. The prayers were lead by H.H. Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, one of the great masters of Vajrayana Buddhism and the teacher of H.H the Dalai Lama. Sacred Land was one of the first to contribute to the Festival to make it happen. Over 5,000 people, mainly Sherpas from all over Nepal gathered for 9 days of continuos prayers.