Stupa Consecration: Louisville, KY – 10/31/2018

Tsoknyi Rinpoche helped to consecrate a new Stupa on the grounds of Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, October 31, 2018. Rinpoche said that this was an auspicious date because it marks the conception of the Buddha. In a truly remarkable Rime’ collaboration, Tsoknyi Rinpoche empowered the consecration along with Geshe Rabgyal and monks from the Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion. These same Gelugpa monks worked diligently to prepare the Stupa and its contents over 96 days since ground was broken at the site. In addition to the Kentucky Derby and production of fine bourbon, Louisville is renown for the transformative experiences of Thomas Merton. Merton was a Catholic monk who had a vision that “All people are radiant like the sun, shining from within.” Merton went on to write extensively about the depth of spiritual and interfaith understanding from within his Catholic tradition. He traveled to Asia and met with the Dalai Lama, as well as notable rinpoches and lamas before his untimely death. The Dalai Lama credits his four days of spiritual dialogue with Thomas Merton as one of the most influential meetings of his life. In true interfaith fashion, the grounds of the Catholic Spalding University now house this new Stupa dedicated to peace and awakening. The Peace Garden and renovation of the Chartres style labyrinth are still under construction around the Stupa and reside next to the athletic center where Muhammad Ali first learned to box.