It has been a long time since we’ve had news to share about the progress of The Karmapa Center 16’s vision to build a Parinirvana Stupa and retreat center for His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa.
We are delighted to inform you that we have at long last received preliminary approvals from the Village Board for the building plans! Therefore, we are able to announce the launch of a $1 million crowdfunding campaign to begin the stupa temple, a house for His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, and retreat housing. The whole site will be a peaceful place to practice, conduct pilgrimage and learn about Buddhism and the Karma Kagyu lineage.
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, in a video statement recorded at the Karmapa Center 16, said “I would request everyone who has a connection of faith toward the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa to support these projects as much as possible.” View the video on the campaign’s GoFundMe page.
We have an incredible opportunity to purchase the Wadsworth, IL land located 5 miles west of the 16th Karmapa’s parinirvana at the cancer center and blessed by the 17th Karmapa. We invite you to join us in this auspicious undertaking to establish this pilgrimage site in North America!
As we complete ecological and traffic studies to prepare for the county and village meetings and permit approval process, we are simultaneously fundraising to purchase the land. To date, approximately $300,000 has been raised…
in order to close on this property, we require an additional $650,000 by October 31, 2015.
How can I help, you ask?
We’re so very glad you did! There are several ways to make a connection to the project and contribute meaningfully: