Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) has requested the complete renovation and extension of Lawudo Gompa & Retreat Center, in order to preserve this pure fountain of mental resistance to the increasing degeneration and hardening of our world in materialistic neurotic consumerism, and make the utmost use of the wholesome energies of this powerful sacred place. The Vision for the Lawudo Project is the creation of a small Padmasambhava’s “pure land”, from which these concentrated positive energies can emerge throughout the world.
Thus the Lawudo Gompa Project came into existence.
Lawudo Gompa is one of the highest and most inaccessible Buddhist temples in the world - to be reached only by foot. The journey by plane from Kathmandu to Lukla and the hike from Lukla to Lawudo takes 2 -3 days.
Consequently, the wish to erect major facilities in an environment like Lawudo may seem almost impossible. The building costs will be many times higher than elsewhere in Nepal. Furthermore Lawudo is situated in the middle of the Sagarmatha National Park, where every tiny bit of construction material has to be flown in from Kathmandu to Lukla by plane or to Syangboche by helicopter and then brought up to Lawudo on the back of the legendary strong Sherpa-porters.
Despite these heavy impediments Lama Zopa is inspired to take on the challenge and with the aid of many hands, all difficulties can be over come!
The period fixed for construction: 4 – 5 years.
The beautiful hermitage of Lawudo is situated 14.000 feet high in the Himalayas, amidst juniper trees and surrounded by snow-covered mountain peaks and floating clouds. Known as the Cave of Blissful Attainments Lawudo nestles against the side of the mountain like a beacon for people on the quest for deeper meaning in life.
Great Yogis and Yoginis, austere practitioners of the Buddha-Dharma, meditated and meditate here in remote cave-dwellings on steep mountainsides, in order to achieve liberation from the suffering of cyclic existence and reach the state of perfect enlightenment. The original source of the mind of enlightenment and its great love and compassion emanate from this holy soil.
Lawudo is one of the many sacred places of the region and the original home of the incomparably kind Buddhist master Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, born in Thame in Khumbu 1946; he is the incarnation of the Lawudo Lama Kunzang Yeshe, who meditated in the Lawudo cave for thirty years, where he achieved highest realizations.
“As a sign of his enlightenment the sound of emptiness was heard.“
For centuries the Solo-Khumbu region in Nepal has been the home of the Sherpas, a mountain-tribe originating from eastern Tibet. Khumbu is a beautiful and fascinating valley, considered to be a hidden dale or beyal, a special country blessed by Padmasambhava, the great practitioner and saint, who brought Buddhism to Tibet.
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