Folks who have been following the saga of the Columbus Karma Thegsum Chöling will know we have been working to rebuild our center since it was destroyed in an arson fire in January 2016.
These last three weeks – from the first day of Tibetan New Year (Losar) on Tuesday Feb. 5 to the Buddhist Holiday of the Buddha’s Performance of Miracles (Chötrul Duchen) on Tuesday Feb. 19 have been momentous for Columbus KTC, and we want to share our good news with you!
HAPPY NEWS FLASH #1 – Our Losar Lunch and Pledge Party on “Losar Sunday” (Feb. 10) was a resounding success – we were able to announce that a donor has promised $500,000 toward our construction, which will allow us to break ground in Spring 2019! HOORAY!
Buoyed by the great news, those attending the luncheon were able to dig deep and pledge a total of $47,000 toward the $159,000 remaining construction funding “gap.” DOUBLE HOORAY!
HAPPY NEWS FLASH #2 – Our architectural and legal team scurried to meet the Feb. 5 deadline to submit our final design development drawings to the East Franklinton Review Board, a neighborhood commission that must review and approve all applications for new buildings in the East Franklinton Neighborhood.
On the first Full Moon Day of the Tibetan New Year, Tuesday Feb. 19, our team, along with Director Kim Miracle and Lama Kathy Wesley, appeared before the EFRB – and received full and complete approval for the design of the new KTC. TRIPLE HOORAY!
This means our new temple has been given the “green light” from neighborhood officials to rebuild.
The project still needs to submit final construction drawings and go through a building permit review process, but an initial hurdle has been cleared.
So, please join us in saying prayers of rejoicing and dedication, and consider making, renewing (and increasing!) your KTC Rebuilding Fund pledge TODAY!
Every dollar you donate will help us complete our project without incurring debt. Imagine having a new building without a mortgage – how exciting is that?
And to help increase the blessings of providing a new home for dharma in Columbus, we are offering beautiful DONOR GIFTS for those who donate during our “last push” campaign:
- $1,000 pledges receive a handmade wooden mala blessed by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
- $3,000 pledges receive a ceramic treasure vase blessed by a monastery in China
- $5,000 pledges receive a gold treasure vase AND a Mala blessed by Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche
- $10,000 pledges receive a treasure vase, mala, and qualify for room naming opportunities in the new center.
Pledges can be paid over a period of three years. Click here and download a pledge form today, and expand the blessings of the Kagyu dharma in the City of Columbus!