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A Mind is a Terrible thing to Waste


The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya in Colorado

The Great Stupa of Dharmakaya in Colorado

“Stupas are representations of the Buddha’s mind.  As such, stupas reveal the path to enlightenment, or in other words, how the mind can be transformed into enlightenment.” from Benefits and Practices related to Statues and Stupas:  Teachings and Instructions by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, p.11  These cherished and revered monuments, pour forth blessings on all beings who encounter them.  That is their purpose.  In order to fulfill their purpose, they must be built and consecrated properly.

An interesting article on the subject has good advice on the importance of “doing it right.”  “However, it can be firmly stated that building a stupa is not to be undertaken casually, no matter what the size. According to the instructions I have received, it is important the whole process is supervised by someone who really knows about them, and so far, these individuals tend to be Tibetan Lamas (for Tibetan style chortens). For the styles that developed in Shri Lanka, Thailand, Cambodia, China and elsewhere, obviously the appropriate experienced practitioner should be consulted. The point is, setting about building one merely based on information gained from the Internet, or books, is not good enough. In fact, the Lama who has taught me about stupas was quite serious about it, and said a stupa built without the appropriate consecrations and supervision could be termed a “black” stupa, and as such might actually have a detrimental effect on the local environment, rather than a harmonizing influence.”

And what happens if a stupa is built incorrectly?  The article goes on to say that the stupa is considered “black.”  “I quizzed Lama Samten about this:

‘Black’ literally means (in this context) ‘no proportions, no consecration’ (inner and outer), ‘like a body with no guts.’ He said motivation was the most important (so your motivation for building it needs to be as pure / positive as possible).”

From this we can gather that the three key points are knowledge and wisdom about the proper construction of a stupa, the presence of an authorized and realized master to consecrate the stupa, and the proper intention.  We must wonder what William Cassidy, known felon and conartist who masquerades as Tulku Tenpa, intends to do with stupas?    He does not know how to build a stupa.  He certainly can’t consecrate a stupa.  What stupa building lama will do the consecration, considering that Cassidy has no lineage nor thinks one is important ?  As for motivation?  One wonders about his nefarious intentions for these pure structures of virtue.  Does he intend to use them to magnetize the unsuspecting?  His attempts to highjack the Dharma are deeply saddening

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  1. Mary Anne
    August 29, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    The current posting on Cassidy’s blog shows anyone with eyes that you cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. No matter how much brocade you drape it in. He will always be the thug he is.

    That post is written by a thug. A predator. This is clearly not the work of a Buddhist, let alone a teacher.

    Anybody out there want a Guru with a sick mind like that? I will pass, thank you very much.

    His post is sick and sadistic. If he is tearing into somebody I really feel for them. His illness knows no bounds.
    But the post says a LOT more about him then it does the victim.

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