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Good Virtue applies bas relief sculptures to the dome of the stupa, May 2017.

We are so glad to have our amazing artist Good Virtue back at LMB! He is creating beautiful molds to go on the top Kadampa Stupa right now.

During the raining season, we were working with a landscape designer to create the stupa garden. Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised a Japanese-style garden in the area. Now that our artist is back, he overlaid a mandala design on the garden layout. We are looking forward to breaking ground on the gardens this summer. There will be opportunities to sponsor trees, benches etc. We will keep you updated.

We just received the okay from Rinpoche on a revised entrance to the shrine where the Buddha statue will be placed. While I was in Nepal, Good Virtue and I had a chance to order the pinnacle for the top of the Kadampa stupa and see a photo of the wax mold for our Buddha statue.

Denice Macy, Director
Land of Medicine Buddha
May 18, 2017

Schematic for the landscaping around the stupa.

Level 8 filled.


“Bucket brigade” chain of volunteers passing the items up the ladders.

On April 18, 2016, we filled Level 8 of the Mahabodhi-style stupa at Land of Medicine Buddha. Our regular stupa volunteers were joined by some of our Sunday-morning meditators to create a “bucket brigade” going from truck to ladder to ladder all the way to the top, handing items over head.


With Carolyn and her dog in front, you can see the scale of the stupa.

Sangha members from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s house in Aptos were a big help in actually placing the holy objects in careful order into the chamber. The items in Level 8 are similar to before: 1 set of the Kangyur (collection of Buddha’s teachings), many rolls of microfilm (of the Stainless Pinnacle mantra and the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras), more boxes of tsa-tsas (plaster cast images of buddhas), and other printed materials.

Having filled seven previous chambers, this one seemed like a breeze. Now, there is just one more level to fill to complete the central tower. Then, a more classic bell-shaped stupa will go on top.


Gelek works on smaller stupas.

Gelek, our resident artist has returned from several months in Asia, and is now casting the smaller stupas that will be affixed on the four corners.

Contact our director,, if you want to be involved in this project. See more on the Stupa Project page.

Dear Friends:

As the rain falls lightly on Land of Medicine Buddha we reflect and rejoice in a wonderfully successful year. We send our most heartfelt wishes that you and your loved ones have also enjoyed blessings this year. With supporters like you we were able to achieve every goal. SEE DONATION OPTIONS AT BOTTOM OF THIS POST.

stupa dec 2015

Two more levels to go – 8 and 9 – to finish the main tower of the stupa.


Today the main structure of our Stupa is close to completion. It has been joyful work. Volunteers passed holy objects hand to hand and filled the Stupa with incense, Tibetan texts, tsa tsa’s, mantras and much more.  One highlight of the year was from our inspiring young supporter Mia Stafford. Mia raised more than $12,000 alone for the Stupa project by running 108 times around our Eight Verses Pilgrimage Trail. We continue to keep our Facebook page and website updated with the latest photos and news on this project.

From the heart of our teachers and the hearts of all of you who are receiving this letter, generosity has flowed. Everyone at LMB wishes to express our deep appreciation for all of the teachings that have been given at LMB this year, and for your generous offerings and support.

Ongoing Education:

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche explaining the power of prayer flags, October 2015, at LMB. A work-study resident listens in the background.

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche explaining the power of prayer flags, October 2015, at LMB. A work-study resident listens in the background.

Direct education in the dharma, meditation, retreats, pujas and festive celebrations are at the forefront of what Land of Medicine Buddha offers every week to the local and worldwide community. This year when Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche was at Land of Medicine Buddha, he spoke more than once of the importance of dharma centers. That we provide quality education in the dharma is of utmost importance to our Centers mission to benefit others.

Along with the visit from Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, in 2015 we were blessed with visits from both Jhado Rinpoche and Yangsi Rinpoche. We are also fortunate to provide a home for two highly qualified teachers. Venerable Steve Carlier teaches advanced philosophy courses, leads lam rim and tantric retreats, all with forty years of immersion in the dharma and Venerable Drimay, teaches our Discovering Buddhism course, leads a weekly meditation, and more!

Continuing Support:

While our staff works hard all year long to host teachings and retreats, that help keep LMB open to all, we do depend on additional financial support from our community. So please consider making a year-end donation. You can donate online (below), send your donation by check, or contact me for information if you would like to donate in any other way.

May your generosity be the grounds for future happiness for you, your family and all sentient beings,

In Dharma,

Denice Macy, Director & the LMB Team

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