Upstate New York struggled through a severe winter with heavy snowfall this year, yet the project team is undeterred in its commitment to the Milarepa Center. Before the winter, land was cleared and graded for the access road into the 90-acre retreat center land, and at the building site itself.  Engineering for the drainage systems and roadway was performed. Construction of the first of the 15 buildings of the Milarepa Center began as snow fell.  Now it is Summer and the natural beauty of the Retreat Center land is fully evident once more.  One day, fortunate retreat participants will be meditating by this lovely creek.

Spring 2

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Since the ground-breaking ceremony last summer, much progress has been made at the Milarepa Center project site.  Land needed to be cleared and graded: first for the access road into the 90-acre retreat center land, and at the building site itself.  Engineering for the drainage systems and roadway was performed.  Drainage pipes were laid and 1,800 feet of roadway was paved to enable the heavy machinery and materials to access the site.  Construction of the first of the 15 buildings of the Milarepa Center began with excavation of the pits for the building foundations.  Concrete for the footings were poured.  How much work can be performed before the winter snows begin?

Construction is Underway51---Pouring-Footings, Mar 17

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Milarepa Center Project: Ground-breaking Ceremony!

by Jacklyn Wolf on March 19, 2015

Milarepa Land

The July 2013 ground-breaking ceremony, which took place in the middle of a sun-filled, grassy meadow, began with a Tibetan blessing by the Spiritual Director and Resident Teacher at the Milarepa Retreat Center. Its message: to ensure that everything about the Center will be favorable to create health and harmony for individuals, families and society at large. Further, they prayed that the well-being and peace that the Center helps create will have a ripple effect, expanding outwards to the world.

The official contracts approving the design and hiring the contractor were then signed by the Chairman of the Town Planning Board; the Vice-President of Dharmakaya; and the general contractor. Bart Mendel of Stonemark Construction Management regaled the crowd with stories of the nine-year odyssey leading to this moment—and some poignant lessons learned along the way.

Finally, the group of luminaries and major contributors to the Milarepa Center hoisted their spades, and officially broke ground. They were followed immediately by an excavator, signifying the work had begun.

Please follow this link to view a six-minute video which captures the essence of that magical morning:
http://dharmakaya.org/milarepa-center-groundbreaking-ceremony

 

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