An invitation to help “raise the roof” of Colorado’s Sangdo Palri temple

A temple replica of an “enlightened pure land” is rising on the slopes of southern Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and the creators have extended an invitation to help raise its roof.

The 6,800-square- foot, three-level Sangdo Palri temple has fully taken shape this year on Mangala Shri Bhuti’s retreat land in Crestone. The builders have utilized locally hewn materials such as American red cedar to render classical Tibetan architecture with Japanese flourishes, powered by natural energy. The name is Tibetan for “copper-colored mountain,” said to be the current abode of Padmasambhava, the 9th- century Indian tantric master credited with establishing Buddhism in Tibet, and an expression of his enlightened awareness. What’s left to accomplish on the Sangdo Palri is the placement of its gold and copper roofing, minor exterior elements, and sealing in time for winter, as well as interior decoration.

MSB has released a video appeal from its spiritual director, Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, in which he explains the compassionate intention behind building such a temple in America, interspersed with images of the construction. He also outlines what it will take to bring the project to completion, and how those who are inspired to do so may help. See the video after the jump.

You can learn more about the Crestone Sangdo Palri Temple here.

Two other “copper-colored mountain” temples exist in the West, one at Odiyan in California, and one at Chagdud Gompa in Brazil. And if you’re more interested in the subject, an entire book devoted to Padmasambhava’s pure land was published last year.