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Resident Sangha and students from nearby Pamtingpa Center welcoming the 20-ton Amitabha Buddha statue that was carved of white marble to Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, in north central Washington State, US, June 30, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Resident Sangha and students from nearby Pamtingpa Center welcoming the 20-ton Amitabha Buddha statue that was carved of white marble to Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, in north central Washington State, US, June 30, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Vens. Wangmo and Tarchin and Harry Sutton walk in front of the truck carrying the Amitabha Buddha statue, which took two years to realize, at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, June 30, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Vens. Wangmo and Tarchin and Harry Sutton walk in front of the truck carrying the Amitabha Buddha statue, which took two years to realize, at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, June 30, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
A crane lifts the container that holds the Amitabha Buddha statue that was shipped from Vietnam, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
A crane lifts the container that holds the Amitabha Buddha statue that was shipped from Vietnam, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
A crane lifts the container that holds the Amitabha Buddha statue and throne, which will be place on a base created by Ven. Yarphel who watches the unloading, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
A crane lifts the container that holds the Amitabha Buddha statue and throne, which will be place on a base created by Ven. Yarphel who watches the unloading, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
The Amitabha Buddha statue being carefully removed from its shipping container, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
The Amitabha Buddha statue being carefully removed from its shipping container, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Moving the carved white marble lotus throne on to the base, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Moving the carved white marble lotus throne on to the base, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Preparing the statue to be set upright and moved, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Preparing the statue to be set upright and moved, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Moving the Amitabha Buddha statue on to the lotus throne, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Moving the Amitabha Buddha statue on to the lotus throne, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Placing the statue carefully, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Placing the statue carefully, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Parhelia rainbows appear in the sky above once the Amitabha Buddha statue was set on the lotus throne, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Parhelia rainbows appear in the sky above once the Amitabha Buddha statue was set on the lotus throne, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Resident Sangha and students from Pamtingpa Center do practices requested by Rinpoche in front of the newly situated Amitabha Buddha statue, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Resident Sangha and students from Pamtingpa Center do practices requested by Rinpoche in front of the newly situated Amitabha Buddha statue, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
The new Amitabha Buddha statue with offerings, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
The new Amitabha Buddha statue with offerings, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 1, 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
As soon as he arrived in Washington on July 22, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Sangha made prayers and extensive offerings in front of new Amitabha Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabhe Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
As soon as he arrived in Washington on July 22, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Sangha made prayers and extensive offerings in front of new Amitabha Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabhe Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Amitabha Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabhe Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Amitabha Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabhe Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
After arriving in Washington, Lama Zopa Rinpoche shopped for extensive flower offerings for the new Amitabha Buddha statue, driving as far as two hours away looking for flowers, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
After arriving in Washington, Lama Zopa Rinpoche shopped for extensive flower offerings for the new Amitabha Buddha statue, driving as far as two hours away looking for flowers, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with (from left) Vens. Thubten Kunsang, Sherab, Roger Kunsang, Holly Ansett and Sangpo, Washington, US, July 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with (from left) Vens. Thubten Kunsang, Sherab, Roger Kunsang, Holly Ansett and Sangpo, Washington, US, July 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Vens. Sherab and Sangpo and all the flower offerings, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Vens. Sherab and Sangpo and all the flower offerings, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Ven. Tharchin circumambulates worms around the Medicine Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Ven. Tharchin circumambulates worms around the Medicine Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinopche and Ven. Sangpo walk up to see the new Amitabha Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinopche and Ven. Sangpo walk up to see the new Amitabha Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with new Amitabha Buddha statue, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with new Amitabha Buddha statue, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Rinpoche with Vens. Sangpo and Yarpel – the wood planks form a small bridge to protect the many ants that cross the road there – Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Rinpoche with Vens. Sangpo and Yarpel – the wood planks form a small bridge to protect the many ants that cross the road there – Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and students during all-day-and-night Lama Chöpa puja that started at lunch and went to 4 a.m., Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and students during all-day-and-night Lama Chöpa puja that started at lunch and went to 4 a.m., Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
House below to left and Amitabha Buddha statue above, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
House below to left and Amitabha Buddha statue above, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Sunset at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Sunset at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Su Ianiello visiting the new stupa being constructed by Pamtingpa Center near Tonasket, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Su Ianiello visiting the new stupa being constructed by Pamtingpa Center near Tonasket, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche visiting the new stupa being constructed by Pamtingpa Center near Tonasket, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche visiting the new stupa being constructed by Pamtingpa Center near Tonasket, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Merry Colony.
Rinpoche doing prayers, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Rinpoche doing prayers, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Letter from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to artist creating statue with instructions on how to do the statue's eyes
Letter from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to artist creating statue with instructions on how to do the statue's eyes
Letter from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to artist creating statue with instructions on how to do the statue's eyes
Letter from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to artist creating statue with instructions on how to do the statue's eyes
Letter from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to artist with instructions on how to make a buddha's eyes
Letter from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to artist with instructions on how to make a buddha's eyes
Letter from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to artist with instructions on how to make a buddha's eyes
Letter from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to artist with instructions on how to make a buddha's eyes
Artist Gelek Sherpa arrived from Land of Medicine Buddha in California and begins work to paint the new Amitabha Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Artist Gelek Sherpa arrived from Land of Medicine Buddha in California and begins work to paint the new Amitabha Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Before painting, Gelek had to reshape the statue's eyes to follow Rinpoche's advice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Before painting, Gelek had to reshape the statue's eyes to follow Rinpoche's advice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Gelek reshaped the statue's eyes to follow Rinpoche's advice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Gelek reshaped the statue's eyes to follow Rinpoche's advice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
The thumbs of the statue also need to be extended to touch, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
The thumbs of the statue also need to be extended to touch, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
The thumbs of the statue needed to be extended to touch, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
The thumbs of the statue needed to be extended to touch, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Gelek Sherpa painting the head of the statue, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Gelek Sherpa painting the head of the statue, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Artist Gelek Sherpa begins work on painting the lotus throne, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Artist Gelek Sherpa begins work on painting the lotus throne, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Many flowers offerings and plantings are added around the Medicine Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Many flowers offerings and plantings are added around the Medicine Buddha statue at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing Dzambhala practice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing Dzambhala practice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing Dzambhala practice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing Dzambhala practice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche showing how to make shemda – potato, radish, mushroom, ping noodles and rice – which will be the main dish offered on the Amitabha Buddha celebration day that Rinpoche planned, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche showing how to make shemda – potato, radish, mushroom, ping noodles and rice – which will be the main dish offered on the Amitabha Buddha celebration day that Rinpoche planned, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Arranging flower offerings for the Amitabha Buddha statue following Rinpoche's very specific advice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Arranging flower offerings for the Amitabha Buddha statue following Rinpoche's very specific advice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Prepaing the flowers for Amitabha Buddha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Prepaing the flowers for Amitabha Buddha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Doing practice with Rinpoche at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Doing practice with Rinpoche at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Artist Gelek Sherpa opening the buddha statue's eyes the day before the celebration at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Artist Gelek Sherpa opening the buddha statue's eyes the day before the celebration at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Gelek Sherpa opening the buddha statue's eyes at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Gelek Sherpa opening the buddha statue's eyes at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Gelek Sherpa after opening the buddha statue's eyes at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Gelek Sherpa after opening the buddha statue's eyes at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Gelek Sherpa and Ven. Roger Kunsang after opening the buddha statue's eyes at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Holly Ansett.
Gelek Sherpa and Ven. Roger Kunsang after opening the buddha statue's eyes at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Holly Ansett.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Gelek Sherpa, who has known Rinopche since his time as a young Mount Everest Centre monk in Lawudo, Nepal, in the 1970s, Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Gelek Sherpa, who has known Rinopche since his time as a young Mount Everest Centre monk in Lawudo, Nepal, in the 1970s, Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Vens. Kunsang and Tharchin, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Vens. Kunsang and Tharchin, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Vens. Kunsang and Tharchin, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Vens. Kunsang and Tharchin, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Amitabha Buddha statue on the Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Amitabha Buddha statue on the Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Five sense offerings tormas, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Five sense offerings tormas, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Rinpoche consecrates the new statue on Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Rinpoche consecrates the new statue on Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Offerings specified by Rinpoche for Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Offerings specified by Rinpoche for Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Tara dancers from Pamtingpa Center, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Tara dancers from Pamtingpa Center, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Tara dancers, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Tara dancers, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Tara dancers, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Tara dancers, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Rinpoche meeting local Native Americans, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Rinpoche meeting local Native Americans, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Sherab.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Sherab.
Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 23, 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Amitabha celebration day, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 23, 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 23, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 23, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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