1. Construction of 157-feet Guru Nangsi-Zilnoen Statue and Temples
The Statue of Guru Padmasambhava, in form of Guru Nangsi Zilnoen, symbolizes the subjugation of negative forces. It is built seated on a lotus bed on the lion throne (Sengthri). The statue stand 157 feet tall including a 30 foot high lion throne and 17 foot high lotus seat.
The lion throne is 35 feet wide, measuring an area of about 9,500 square feet and it houses two main Lhakhangs (Temple), with seating capacity of 650 to 700 people for religious gatherings and blessings. First Lhakhang is known as Gangzag Nyenjud Lhakhang and the second one is Rigzin Dagjud Lhakhang. The vertical connection with staircases from either side leads to the terrace of the Sengthri at the base of the lotus seat. The terrace serve as an inner circumambulation path. The lotus seat also houses a smaller temple, which is known as the Gyalwa Gonjud Lhakhang.
On four sides, there are additional shrines with an open balcony. The Lhakhang can be accessed from three directions, through covered porches adorned with traditional architectural designs. A wide path around the base of the lion throne serve as a space for circumambulation. Eight stupas are built around the complex, marking the four corners of the site and four main directions. With all these in place, the entire complex symbolically represent a Mandala with the Guru in the center.
The Dharani (Zung) and other precious relics and religious objects, together with 100,000 Guru Dewa statues (each 4 inches tall), are placed inside the statue as dZhung .
The face of the guru statue measure 14 feet high and is made of copper adorned with pure gold. The statue represent the Three Bodies of the Buddha, symbolizing the past, the present and the future Buddha.
2. Construction of Ugyen Do-ngak Yoesel Chholing Monastery and Shedra
To help preserve and promote the teachings of the Buddha Shakyamuni and Guru Padmasambhava, Khenpo Karpo Rinpoche initiated the construction of Ugyen Do-ngak Yoesel Chholing Monastery and Shedra begin in 2013 was completed by 2015. The construction serves as both a Monks’ Residence as well as a Buddhist University (Shedra) with about 300 monks to learn Buddhist philosophy (Science of Mind) and to spread and exchange the wisdom of Buddha to all over the world after they received the full education from the monastery. The three storied building complex has 108 rooms including monks’ living rooms, library, lecture hall, classrooms, prayer hall, kitchen, dining hall, stores and bathrooms.
3. Two Consecration Ceremonies Conducted in 2015:
- First by H.E. Dzongsar Jamyang Khense Rinpoche
- Second by H.E. late Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche
4. Rinchen Terzoe Empowerment Ceremonies, 2016, by H.E. Dzongsar Jamyang Khentse Rinpoche
The five month long Rinchen Terzoe Empowerment Ceremonies were conducted by H.E.Dzongsar Jamyang Khentse Rinpoche at the Guru Statue complex in Takila beginning from 10 February 2016 to 12 July 2016. The ceremonies were attended by Truelkus, Lamas, Monks, Gomchens, Nuns and the general public. The number devotees attending the ceremonies daily ranged between 6000 to 10, 000.
5. Nyingma Moenlam Chenmo/Nyingma Annual Prayers, 2016
The Ngajur Moenlam Chhenmo was performed by the Nyingma monks and nuns led by the renowned Rinpoches. The Nyingma Foundation (www.inf.bt) along other monasteries coordinated the organization of this annual prayers for a week beginning from 20 November 2016 coinciding with descending day of Lord Buddha.
6. Construction of a Guest House at Takila
As there are no hotels and guest houses in and around Takila, it has become very difficult for the Foundation to arrange accommodation for the guests. The guests had to be accommodated in the Dratshang/Shedra which is not convenient for both the guests and the monks. Therefore, with approval of the monastery, the Foundation has converted/reconstructed the six cottages below the monastery into guest houses to accommodate at least 24 guests within the complex. A small standard restaurant and a grocery store is also established to facilitate the visiting guests.
7. Reconstruction of Retreat Centre at Pelphu
Ven. late Khenpo Karop Rinpoche constructed and established Pelphu Retreat Centre in the early 1990s as his first project with only very basic house structures and amenities. The buildings have become old and monks attending retreats find it difficult to live and practice there. Therefore, as per the wishes of late Khenpo Karpo Rinpoche, the Foundation has reconstruct the retreat complex with 6 buildings – a lama’s residence-cum-teaching hall and 5 retreat houses to accommodate 10 monks with improved amenities to ease their difficulties of living and practicing there.
Consecration of Pelphu Retreat Centre by Ven. Namdru Rinpoche on 12 May 2019
First group of monks starting 3- year retreat session at Pelphu Retreat Centre
8. Renovation of Bara Lhakhang
Bara Lhakhang located about 15 kilometers below the Guru Statue complex at Takila is an old temple donated by the local community to late Khenpo Karpo Rinpoche. The Foundation has renovated and refurbished buildings to convert it into a nunnery with improved facilities and amenities.