Construction of the Buddhist Temple

12012016-YanDok1026The existing TBCB will be the first Buddhist Temple in Chilean territory, and one of the first in Latin America.

The construction of this temple does not pursue a religious purpose and is open to all people regardless of their spiritual beliefs.

Temple in Tibetan -Lha khang- means “Palace of the higher beings” or “Buddhafield” and represents a place where we can connect with our essence and awaken the inner Buddha.

To build a Buddhist temple brings many benefits, including purification for the people, the place and the country in which it is located, as well as the expansion of the ancient teachings of the Buddhas and the Himalayas to benefit many sentient beings.

The outer Temple awakens in us a true motivation and determination to follow a path, to practice a discipline and inspire us to keep it up. The Temple is a great field of merit, where positive actions are cultivated to generate internal happiness.

A Temple represents the place where we can cross the ocean of Samsara and enter the ocean of Enlightenment.

There are many ways to support construction of an external Temple, either with resources, time or labor, but the most common is through altruism. Making donations for construction of a temple, allows us to cultivate merit and purify the karma of the three doors or means of action: body, speech and mind.

Independent of the amount of resources donated, the important thing is to have motivation and pure intention to help all sentient beings.

altarMany years ago, at the time of the Buddha, a king in India offered to build 100 Buddhist temples. The Buddha accepted with great joy the proposal stating that the king would gain much merit and purify through this action, the karma of 100 thousand kalpas that he had generated by ignorance.

 

The essence of the Mahayana path is the practice of the 6 Paramitas and to awaken the bodhichitta mind, born from a pure motivation to benefit all beings.

The first of the Paramitas is Generosity. However, when practicing generosity, it is important to assess the ultimate goal of our practice. For example, when we give money to an alcoholic, this might be harmful to the person and their environment. But when the object is pure, as is construction of a Buddhist temple, this will bring happiness to many beings without any preferences.

Milarepa said that one earns the same merit as practicing Dharma, as one who is not a practitioner, but supports the Sangha or community by donations and construction of temples. By contributing differently to the benefit of all beings, both can achieve enlightenment.