Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Albuquerque Stupa Update: Park Service Backs Down

Kyle Lovett, at Reformed Buddhist Blog, did a tag team on big government with Digital Tibetan Buddhist Altar, and I'll let him tell the outcome:
"Today I was able to reach and speak to a National Park Service Ranger that works at the Petroglyph National Park visitor center, and she passed along the following information to me; 'The NPS no longer has any plans to bulldoze or remove the Stupa, for now or the foreseeable future.'

Apparently, the issue was brought to their attention sometime yesterday, and they even wanted to clarify that the Stupa may be visited at any time by any interested person. While this is great news, they weren't able to expand on any permanent plans the NPS has for the land or the Stupa. I am unsure of the reason they had a change of heart to release this information, but all the same, perhaps the thousands of voices out there were indeed heard."
 Thank you to everyone who responded to our call for assistance. May the merit of your collective actions in saving this stupa from harm be dedicated to the welfare of all sentient beings.

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5 reader comments:

Anonymous said...

For the benefit of all sentient beings, may the ABQ stupa continue to bring the blessings of the Buddhadharma to the Albuquerque area.

When I think of the stupa out there in the 'wilderness,' seemingly unattended like it is, it reminds me of the great mahasiddhas and yogis of old who ventured out into the unknown regions to subdue the spirits of the region.

It reminds me of Thangtong Gyalpo and he's laughing very loudly. :)

Anonymous said...

great news!

Anonymous said...

Woo hoo!!!

David said...

Shari raimon

Isshin cho rai
man toku en man
Shaka Nyorai
shin jin sha ri
hon ji hosshin
hokkai to ba
ga to rai kyo
i ga gen shin
nyu ga ga nyu
butsu ga jiko
ga sho bo dai
i butsu jin riki
ri yaku shu jo
hotsu bo dai shin
shu bo satsu gyo
do nyu en jaku
byo do dai chi
kon jo cho rai

Homage to Buddha's relics

With wholehearted reverence we bow
to the relics of the true body
of the Tathagata Shakyamuni,
who is fully endowed with myriad virtues;
to the Dharma body which is the fundamental ground;
and to his stupa, which is the whole
universe. With deep respect we venerate the one
who manifested a body for our sake.
Through the sustaining power of the Buddha,
which enters us even as we enter it,
we verify awakening.
By means of Buddha's spiritual power,
we benefit living beings,
arouse the thought of awakening,
cultivate bodhisattva practice,
and together enter perfect peace,
the knowledge of the equality of all things.
Now let us reverently bow.

May the merit of those who worked to protect the Albuquerque stupa extend throughout the universe and benefit all sentient beings.

Ten directions, three worlds
All buddhas, bodhisattva mahasattvas
The great prajna paramita

Anonymous said...

How wonderful! I let my Representative know that the help made a difference. I look forward to visiting the National Monument and the Stupa soon!