Building a Guru Padmasambhava Statue

Our goal is to bring together global devotees of Guru Rinpoche,

to participate in the creation of a 9.5 meter (31 feet) tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Upper Mustang, Nepal.

 

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About the Project

Our goal is to bring together global devotees of Guru Rinpoche, to participate in the creation of a 9.5 meter (31 feet) tall statue of Guru Padmasambhava in Upper Mustang, Nepal.
We want this to be a global project, creating international unity for a common goal among all the followers and admirers of Guru Rinpoche. This statue is about artistic and cultural heritage preservation as well as for sustaining a living spiritual practice tradition of the area.

We call on devotees of Guru Padmasambhava worldwide, who are united by their interest in cultural preservation, spirituality, and Buddhism.

The hope behind the construction of the Guru Rinpoche statue is to create merit for whole world, to become peaceful and for a healthy envorinment all around.

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Every small contribution is welcome, because we believe that collective efforts can lead to great results. This statue is about unity, connection, and faith.

 

If you want to learn more about Guru Padmasambhava and the important role he plays in religious culture in the Himalayas:

 

Representations of Guru Padmasambhava in art:
https://www.himalayanart.org/search/set.cfm?setID=100
Biography:
https://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Padmasambhava/7442

The work on the statue site started in June 2024.

Here you can see some of the images of the construction site:

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preparing the foundation for cement and iron pillar
measuring and laying cement foundation for the pillar
iron for the pillar

On the right Mr Kumar who is the main constuctor:

On the right Mr Kumar who is the main constuctor

Here you can see some images of the sketches for the planned statue:

 📍🇳🇵The location of the site is in Garphu, Nepal

The village of Garphu lies below the site where we have started building the Guru Padmasambhava statue. Garphu is in the northmost part of Upper Mustang, an ancient Buddhist kingdom very close to the Tibetan border. The local culture is emphatically Tibetan and the traditional way of life has been preserved, unlike in society in neighbouring central Tibet, which has been subjected to major changes. The village is located 3900 meters above sea level, in very dry, high-altitude desert land. There is no water near the chosen site, so the water needed for the statue's construction has to be brought in canisters from a river nearby. Only tractors can use the last two kilometers of road leading to the site. The cement and iron pillars have been brought from Pokhara, around 230 km from Garphu. The roads are treacherous, particularly during the current rainy season. However, the work must be done now in the summer, because of the extreme conditions in winter. The statue we are building will stand 9.5 meters tall.   

Artist donation for fundraising:

Seven Lines Prayer by Giorgio Dallorto, 40x40 cm, (Acrylics on blue cardboard) - 1000 Euros

Thank you all for your help in completing this ambitious, challenging and yet rewarding project!

The cost for the whole statue project, including materials- steel, cement, paint-  the construction labor, transportation, food and accommodation for the artists and workers is estimated at 40,000 usd.  

Your donations are welcome! 

Donations so far:
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Thank you for supporting the project!

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