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PROJECT UPDATE (January 2014)

Over the course of the past two years much progress has been made on the stupa project. A particularly good year was 2012 and in 2013 we continued important progress. In 2012 a large donation and several smaller donations afforded the opportunity to contract the construction of a “sitting wall” behind the stupa, finish the backfill against the main retaining walls, landscape the areas adjacent to the steps and retaining walls, recondition and reseed the remaining grassed areas, and place in stone water diversion channels alongside the entry/exit road. The cost of the contracted work was a bit higher than the funds available – the contractor generously allowed us to pay the difference once we were able to raise that after the fact, which we did. All in all, a good spring’s work was accomplished in 2012! In the spring of 2013 the construction of a beautiful rock wall around the base of the stupa was completed, bringing the dimensions of the overall stupa into their intended relationship.

Next up for the stupa project is finishing the drain lines and construction of the lower flight of concrete stairs (9 steps); followed by the construction of the lower retaining walls (approximately 2’ high) for the sitting/meditation terraces. After that, it’s installation of lights and the stone paving of the outer kora.

As always, we appreciate your continued generosity to help cover the construction costs. We are accepting online donations to help the effort.



PROJECT UPDATE (September 2011)

Due to generous donations and lots of hard work, we were able to build the stairway walls, the main retaining wall (of the 3 planned), and complete the steps down to the stupa. This work was completed in In June of 2009, August of 2010 and June of 2011. Prefab wood and steel forms were used for the stairway and retaining walls, and site-built wood forms were used for the steps (35) and landings. Lots of wood, gravel, rebar and concrete (50+ cubic yards) were needed to complete this phase of the project.

The next project is a knee-high concrete/stone wall ‘behind’ the stupa, which will run in front of the cherry trees and provide a place to sit for rest and contemplation. We are making immediate plans to dig footers for the wall, lay the rock wall, and install drainage lines (read backhoe here) which will run from behind the retaining walls under and beyond the proposed wall.

As always, we appreciate your continued generosity to help cover the construction costs. We are accepting online donations to help the effort.

New Buddha Statue June 2010

Stupa Practice Environment June 2010


PROJECT UPDATE (May/June 2010):
Between now and the annual program with Shamar Rinpoche on June 25, 2010 we are trying to improve the practice environment surrounding the Stupa by landscaping and installing stairs. Efforts are underway to raise funds to support this effort. Please consider making a donation to support this effort.

Bodhi Path Stupa, Natural Bridge VA


PROJECT UPDATE (July 2009):
Thanks to the generosity of many donors, in April 2009 we were able to embark on a new stage of work to realize the proposed design. Armed with $13,000 raised over the last couple of years, we located a contractor who began setting the forms and pouring the concrete for the two side walls and the lower front walls. Unforunately, spring brought record levels of rain, which, along with the large amount of unexpected underlying rock nearly doubled our expenditures.

We are paying down the remaining debt as donations come in! We appreciate your continued generosity to help cover the construction costs. We are accepting online donations to help the effort.