- Download the brochure
- Who we are
- Land of The White Stupa – our Project for a Retreat Center
- The current state of the Project and what still needs to be done
- How to get involved
- Benefits of making our vision a reality
1.Download the brochure
You can view/download the presentation brochure in PDF format here.
2.Who we are
Since December 2017 the “Center of White Mahakala – FPMT Study group” (CBWM) has been providing an oasis in the city of Cluj-Napoca, offering classes of meditation, mindfulness, buddhist philosophy, as well as visits by many great teachers from the world.
With the contribution of about 20 teachers and facilitators, 30 members and 20 volunteers, CBWM organized more than 400 events: 25 courses, 19 teacher’s visits and many other events. Our cosy space is located right in the city of Cluj Napoca offering a small buddhist library with free access for all our visitors.
Our group is promoting and supporting ethical, philosophical and psychological Buddhist principles; providing opportunities for spiritual education based on authentic Buddhist teachings; implementing and supporting activities regarding community, social and environmental development. We are affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an organization patronized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe & our Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
WHAT WE ARE INSPIRED BY?
>The heart of our activities is the Dharma
>We promote ethical behavior and the development of a culture of compassion
>We cooperate with the sciences
>We promote a holistic way of life
>We are an example for a meaningful life in a non-profit way
>We promote Buddhism in Cluj & Romania through cooperation with other Buddhist groups
OUR VISION FOR SPIRITUAL GROWTH
>Study programs: Buddhism in a Nutshell. Discovering Buddhism
>Retreats for intensive spiritual practice
>A publishing/translation project
>Development of alternative ethical learning and concepts of living
>Joint projects with universities, schools and kindergartens
>Dialogues between science and spirituality
>Social commitment, neighbourly help
>Promotion of art and culture
>Holistic forms of therapy and living
>Yoga, Mindfulness & Tai Chi seminars
>Children and adult camps
>Promoting a vegetarian lifestyle
3.Land of The White Stupa – our Project for a Retreat Center
It may seem strange that we want to develop this project now, in these difficult times. We do not feel “sustainable” but WE FEEL that we want to go deeper offering an alternative to social pressures and the institutionalized environment, lack of freedom, obsession with security, materialism and individualism, which are more and more accentuated. A retreat center in a rural area offers conditions for deepening spiritual practices beyond the limitations imposed by the pace and lifestyle of urban life.
By promoting a holistic way of life, the “LAND OF THE WHITE STUPA” will offer ways for deepening spiritual practice and bring more peace, balance and happiness not only to our own minds, but also to our immediate environment and ultimately to all universal beings. It will offer a safe place/environment from which a culture of universal ethics, compassion and wisdom in the individual and the society can flourish and grow.
>Because we need a way of life rooted in spirituality, ethics and nature
>Because we need to take responsibility in our own hands
>Because we ourselves need to convey/create our own way to freedom
WHAT WE WILL BUILD
A Retreat Center in the countryside consisting of a Stupa and two Retreat cabins.
Marius Micu, Group Coordinator of CBWM:
“The Stupa is a monument representing peace, harmony, and love. It symbolises the essence of the five elements and the qualities of the awakened mind with its unlimited compassion and most profound wisdom. It contains numerous texts of buddhist teachings and prayers, and it is built to help maintain world peace. The stupa on the grounds of the Center of White Mahakala Study Group will promote outer balance, inner peace, and all encompassing love.Our main aim is to build the first Stupa in Transylvania together with near retreat facilities. This will be a place for promoting harmony, peace and spiritual activities, bringing great benefits to many sentient beings and to those who are able to contribute in any way to its construction.”
WHAT WE WILL ACTUALLY BUILD
>A community and a sense of belonging
>A protected environment conducive to spiritual life
>An important resource for the future development of Buddhism in Romania
4.The current state of the Project and what is still to be done
With the idea of “Think big” we follow Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa’s vast vision of offering access to Higher Education, creating Holy Objects for World Peace, Supporting Practice and Realizations and offering Social Services. We designed the LAND OF THE WHITE STUPA according to our ideas but taking into account the wishes of our teachers.
Our project consists of: building the first Stupa in Transilvania on a piece of land belonging to our Center in Tranisu, Apuseni mountains. Two Cabins will serve the Stupa as retreat facilities for our Center.
Our spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised us to build a Kadampa Stupa. The stupa will be 2,30 m high and placed on the highest spot of the land “in order to purify the whole area due to the power of its ingredients and its blessings”.
As a sacred object, the Stupa will mark the land as a spiritual place, contributing to peace on Earth, creating positivity, fighting against diseases, spreading the Dharma, fulfilling Rinpoche’s vision and creating collective merit.
Building or sponsoring a stupa is a very powerful way to accumulate merit and purify negative karma. Holy objects bless the land and plant the seed for enlightenment. Every time beings see holy objects, their minds are purified. Just by seeing a statue of Buddha, you collect numberless merits. In addition, if you make offerings, you collect much, much more merit.
“The main purpose of building stupas is to make the lives of all beings, young and old, meaningful. … Just by coming to a stupa place beings will receive an education in order to develop a good heart, compassion and loving kindness, tolerance, patience – all these most precious human qualities of the mind. And inspiration! … This is about peace – for the individual beings who come to see it, for the whole country, and for the entire world – for all sentient beings. I see the creation of stupas as being of incalculable benefit for countless sentient beings, especially for their mind streams. If one transforms or develops the mind, then all problems and suffering are transformed or ceased, because the mind is the creator of all one’s happiness and suffering. “ Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The total costs are 6000 € including the creation of its content, the organized visits of teachers & stupa builders and the consecration ceremonies
>Creating the ingredients: until April 2021
>Building site and consecration: May June 2021
RESULTS SO FAR
>An amount of 2700 € raised from 37 donors, grants from the FPMT & Center’s contribution
>A number of 16 people involved in creating the ingredients: rolling mantras, making tsa tsas etc.
STILL TO BE DONE
>Raising 3300 € more
>Creating the needed ingredients: mantra rolls, tsa sas & building the stupa
THE RETREAT CABINS
- The land is 80 km away from Cluj-Napoca and Oradea, bordering the Natural park of the Apuseni Mountains. It’s easily accessible by car and 10 km away from the nearest train station.
- The cabins were designed taking into consideration Feng Shui principles and the surrounding landscape. In order to provide the needed protection and privacy, the Stupa will be placed in front of the entrance door of the main cabin and the land enclosed .
- The Big cabin has a 40 seats meditation hall & rooms for accommodating 30 people and the Small Cabin will serve teachers and carers
- The total costs for both of the cabins are 95 000 € (20 000 € for the Small Cabin + 75 000 € for the Big Cabin)
We are considering 2 construction phases:
>Phase 1 – 2020 –2022: Building the Small Cabin (together with building the Stupa)
>Phase 2 – 2022 – 2025 /2026: Building the Big Cabin.
RESULTS SO FAR
- The buildings were designed and the Construction Permit obtained in February 2020 (it has a validity of maximum of 5 years starting with March 2020).
- The foundation of the Small Cabin was already built during May 2020.
STILL TO BE DONE
>Raising 91 500 € more
>Phasing & building the two cabins
5.How to get involved
SPREAD THE WORD
Make this new vision known to as many people as possible by passing on this document and giving them the information.
>Help us accumulate 200 000 Tara Mantras.
RECITE TARA’S MANTRA: OM TARE TUTTARE TURE SVAHA
Join us at the Centre on Monday’s 18:30-20:00 for a weekly Tara Puja, and recite the mantra and praises together!
>Help us accumulate 50 000 Medicine Buddha Mantras
RECITE: TA YA TA /OM BEKANZAY BEKANZAY MAHA BEKANZAY BEKANZAY / RADZA SAMUDGATAY SOHA
Join us at the Centre on Sunday afternoons once a month for Medicine Buddha Puja, and recite the mantra together!
>Help us create the needed ingredients for the stupa (25 000 mantra rolls & 200 tsatsas)
After reciting the mantras and creating the holy objects please DEDICATE: „May I become enlightened for all sentient beings, and may CBWM soon build the Stupa and the Retreat Center.”
>Join our team
>Engage in the construction work
Consider making a one-off donation or a monthly amount via our fundraising page. You can donate by visiting: https://whitemahakala.ro/implicare/doneaza/
Join our MALA-OF-MERIT as one of the 108 supporters of our project. The entry point in the Mala is 1 donation unit = 10 euros. The order of the mala beads is established by the number of donated units. Pledge a donation of 108 units (large mala) or 21 units (small mala) over 1-5 years.
6.Benefits of making our vision a reality
You’ll be helping support the work of HH Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa, FPMT and Mahayana Buddhism throughout Cluj and Romania.
By helping us find a new home, you’ll be creating skies of good karma which in turn brings happiness and success on your own path.
- All donors will receive a STUPA POSTCARD
- 1 UNIT DONORS (10 Euros) receive a DONATION CERTIFICATE and join the Mala of Merit
- 2 UNIT DONORS (20 Euros) receive an extra Booklet with teachings of Ven. Robina Courtin
- 4 UNIT DONORS (40 Euros) receive an extra Tara, Chenrezig, Namgyalma, or Maytreya TsaTsa
- 21 UNIT DONORS (SMALL MALA) will receive a White Mahakala Tsa Tsa or a blessed Small Kadampa Stupa
- 108 UNIT DONORS (BIG MALA) will receive a Buddha Statue made in Nalanda monastery
By donating 500 € or more you sponsor a rafter and your name can be engraved on it.
By donating 1000 € or more you sponsor a pillar and your name can be engraved on it.
By donating 2000 € or more you sponsor a beam and your name can be engraved on it.
MAJOR DONOR of 5000 € or more
will receive life-time “free access” to our classes and their names engraved on the FOUNDATION of the building.
About the Center:
Anamaria Tatu / participant:
I first arrived at the Buddhist Center in January 2020 … this being my first effective contact with Buddhism. And I am very happy …. because there are some essential visions that I have understood and integrated in my daily life. There are such simple and so revealing ideas…
Anca / organizer:
A reminder that we are connected with those around us, that we have the same sufferings and we want to end them… a family that accepts itself as it is. A support for access to information.
About the Retreat:
Cristina Urs / facilitator:
A place where I can participate in retreats (lasting a week or two) near Cluj, without the need to travel thousands of km to have access to such events. In this place I would like to meditate in a group, to study the Buddhist teachings and to have the opportunity to share knowledge with others.
Doina Grigoras / event organizer:
For me, retreats are very important because I know that it is essential to spend time with your mind, in an environment that gives you security, with people you feel comfortable with so that you can internalize certain mental processes. For me, they act as community centers, allowing members to manifest behaviors and actions that they would otherwise fear or be reluctant to manifest. Moreover, they often set an example of healthy living in all respects. I am grateful and delighted this project is taking shape in Romania and I intend to be one of its greatest supporters.