Outreach to Tibetan, Chinese, Mongolian, and English speaking people

Tibetans are often cited as the most religious people in the world. Buddhist beliefs have inspired Tibetans, over the centuries, to construct immense and spectacular monasteries, which rank among the most important architectural achievements in Asia. The buildings are focal points for a faith that teaches peace, compassion, and wisdom, and are inhabited by monks who make the study of these tenets a lifelong occupation.

Art in Tibet served both as the focus of meditation visualizations for many generations of Buddhist adept, as well as educational illustrations for ordinary Tibetan people.

Since the Chinese occupation began in 1949, thousands of monasteries with great splendor of architecture and wall paintings and magnificent sculptures have been totally destroyed. TCCW strives to preserve Tibetan Arts and Architecture through the works of Arjia Rinpoche himself and other endeavors.

Rinpoche is adept in Tibetan Buddhist arts and architecture. In Tibet Rinpoche promoted and taught traditional arts such as Mandala design, Thangka painting, butter sculpturing, and Buddhist embroidery. He developed museum exhibitions in cities throughout China and his book "Tibetan Buddhist Art" received 1988 Chinese Best Book Of The Year Award.

Rinpoche's Works

Kumbum Monastery Restoration

With the lifting of the total ban on religion, in 1990 Rinpoche returned to Kumbum monastery and began the work of restoring Kumbum to its former glory. Rinpoche raised 27 million Yuan (3.2 million dollars) and further 3 million Yuan from Hong Kong benefactors. In the process of renovation Rinpoche employed his expertise in Tibetan Buddhist art and architecture.

Tens of thousands of visitors came to admire the elaborate new gates, the walls around the ground, eight stupas, temples, shrines and living quarters.

Three-dimensional Mandala

At Kumbum Rinpoche designed and help built the largest three-dimensional Kalachakra Mandala in the world measuring 80x40 feet.

In 2000 Rinpoche with his assistants built another smaller 3-D Kalachakra Mandala and was displayed at Smithsonian Annual Folklife Festival and Exhibition. That Mandala was subsequently presented to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Model for the temple of Land Of Medicine Buddha

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Director of Land Of Medicine Buddha in Santa Cruz contracted Arjia Rinpoche to build a model for the temple.

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