Hello Friends of the Dharma Centre and Beyond,
The following is a brief update on the re-installation of our two beautiful Garuda’s and, the repair of the outdoor Pavilion’s slate roof currently underway at the DCC.
It may seem as though we are moving at a snail’s pace to mount the Garuda’s back up on the extended beams of the Pavilion. However a formidable amount of research has been underway over the winter to resolve various issues such as wood rot, correct mould design for epoxy-filler to re-establish the beams, design appropriate hardware to hang the Garuda’s at the appropriate angle, etc. And then of course there are issues with the weather and, scheduling!
As we move forward to install the Garuda’s this year, we fortunately have gathered an amazing team to trouble shoot how to skillfully complete the restoration: Brian Bamford, Sculptor of the Garuda’s, Roy Brown, Architect, David Baillie, Sustainability Consultant and our leader of the actual restoration, Ted Bieler Sculptor, orchestrator of the fabrication into bronze and hardware and Brian Upjohn, current Property Manager and liaison to the DCC Board, Administration/Staff and Spiritual Advisory Committee. Terry Hagan, Spiritual Advisor/Teacher was also present. On July 8 we all convened at the Pavillion site on the Dharma Centre property to firm up the methods to repair the roof and, restore the beams and design the hardware to correctly hang the Garuda heads.
The roof repair is very minor and can be handled in a few hours. The restoration of the beams which will support the Garuda’s is an entirely different matter. Originally our capital budget was in the $2000.00 range. This is no longer the case as it has been discovered that the two horizontal beams reveal a distortion which requires serious attention in order for the structure to remain intact.The situation requires templates to be made to fabricate steel supports as a remedy to this problem. Hardware design, steel fabrication and epoxy resins are required to supplement damaged beams and return the two Garuda heads as symbolic Guardians of the Threshold!. The Garuda Project will require a considerably larger amount of cash to the tune of $9000.00 in order to move it forward at the end of September of this year.
I would like to thank our team for the commitment they are making to bring this project to completion. Also, I would like to extend my appreciation to all those who have already donated funding to the Dharma Centre’s Garuda Project to help us cover our costs on this project in our initial fundraising drive.. To date we have raised $1,000.00 and our estimate to properly complete the project this September is to raise $8000.00 more. Theoretically it has been suggested if 100 persons donate $80.00 minimum we can reach our goal by the end of August. In September fabrication and purchases can be completed and ready for David Baillie to move on completing this project! Your generosity is appreciated with whatever you may be able to currently donate, within your means of course. Any smaller and or larger amount will all help. A tax receipt for your donation will be provided by the Centre. You may make your donation to the Garuda Project through contacting the Administration office at the Centre as follows: <firstname.lastname@example.org> These reliquary figures and Pavilion, originally financed by Dharma friend Joe Shrober and donated to the Dharma Centre of Canada will serve to sustain and protect the Centre for years to come! Please assist us to complete this important project and donate!
Thank-you very much.
Heather Rigby M.F.A.
Latest update on the Garuda Project (AUGUST 27, 2018)
Thank-you so much to all those who have agreed to support the "Garuda Project" to date. If you haven’t sent in your offering as yet, please do so at your earliest possible convenience. We still haven’t reached our $9000.00 mark. The good weather to allow us to proceed will not last much longer. Therefore we are scheduled to attend to the repairs to the Pavilion and installation of the Garuda’s in the first week of October. Kindly give generously. You will be provided with a tax receipt for your donation.
As many of you are aware, the symbol of the Garuda is extensively represented in both Hinduism and Buddhism as the mythical devourer/protector called the “Lord of the Birds” and Protector of the Threshold and/or Treasures. The Garuda appears in many forms in various Buddhist lineages and traditions. In Tibetan Buddhism specifically the Garuda is sited in Dzogchen transmissions in both Nyingma and Bon practices such as Amoghasiddhi, the Green Buddha of the North. The Garuda is also seen crowning the apex of the Buddhas’ enlightenment thrones. He plays an important role in the triple sadhana of Hayagriva, Garuda and Vajrapani. Garuda is specifically known for removing obstacles and illness.
Now time is of the essence! Please donate what is within your means if you haven’t already. Indicate whether your donation is specifically for the Garuda project or whether you wold like to see half of it go to the general upkeep/renovations on the DCC property and half to the Garuda Project. I think you will agree that the installation of these two beautiful bronze Garuda this fall at the Dharma Centre of Canada is very important for current practitioners and for generations to come!
Thank-you so much!
Heather Rigby (Ravalokha)