Stupa Volunteer Weekend: Making Tsa Tsas

with Julia Persch

March 20 - 22, 2015


A Stupa is a beautiful monument of awakenment and peace, enhanced by many sacred substances and the relics of an enlightened master, in this case of the Vidyadhara Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This Stupa will bring tremendous blessings to the environment and community of the Northeast Kingdom.

Before we can build the Stupa, we have to make 108,000 miniature stupas, called tsa tsas, which are made of plaster. They contain a small mantra roll each, are painted red and gold and are put into the Stupa, once the building is erected.

Our focus during this weekend is working on tsa tsas: painting mantras with saffron water, making mantra rolls, making and painting tsa tsas, and creating more molds. Besides this contemplative work we will enjoy good food, conversation and meditation.

Please come for all or part of the weekend.

Shrine room accommodations and meals are complimentary.


Friday, March 20

6:30 Dinner, orientation to Karme Choling for those who arrived for the weekend

Saturday, March 21

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Meditation practice
  • 10:30 Meet in the main shrine room
    Work on various tsa tsa projects
  • 12:30 Lunch
    Open time for walks, hikes, practice or individual work on tsa tsas
  • 3:00 Work continues
    Tea break
  • 5:30 Evening meditation
  • 6:00 Dinner

Sunday, March 22

  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 9:00 Meditation practice
  • 10:30 Meet in the main shrine room
    Work on various tsa tsa projects
  • 12:30 Lunch



Program Fee: Free

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About Julia Persch

Julia became a Shambhala student in 1998, when she was still living in Germany. She was a long-time staff member at Dechen Choling in France and is now enjoying residency in Vermont. She serves as the Retreat Master for solitary cabin retreats at Karme Choling.

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