On July 25th at 10:00 in the morning, an auspicious day and time chosen by Rinpoche, a small group gathered at the top of the retreat center land to bless the soon-to-be start of construction for the four new buildings of the Milarepa Center. Two stones—one marked 2014 for the Gregorian year, one marked 2557 for the Buddha era—were propped before an altar. These were the cornerstones of the new building, which the members of Dharmakaya and Cragsmoor neighbors had come to participate in blessing. John Henderson, Vice President of Dharmakaya, made a few opening remarks. Then Khenchen Rinpoche recited prayers in Tibetan, blessing the stones, the site, the project.
After the ceremony, the group looked at construction progress on the roads leading up to the Milarepa Center, and then adjourned to a nearby neighbor’s house for fellowship and refreshment, celebrating another milestone as the Center moves towards completion.