Medicine Buddha Marble Stupa Series
A Series of Shows and Interviews 2021-22
We are thrilled to host and interview several individuals and groups who will be working with Diamond Mountain to make the Medicine Buddha marble stupas and pilgrimage path a reality.
Sunam and Hanlie share more about the monthly talks in March. View the series.
Stupa Progress Timeline
Fly the Stupa Valley
On February 9, 2022, Bob from Line and Space presented the Special Use Application to the County. He did a wonderful job and we got a conditional approval of SUA with requests for additional surveys and checks
- Traffic statement
- Right of way to Fort Bowie
- Comply with Outdoor Light regulations
- Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan
- Notice to Clear Native Plants
- Drainage Analysis
- Floodplain use permit
Working on these, we keep you posted.
Geotechnical Engineering – Stupa Site 1
Before a building project ever breaks ground, a geotechnical engineer, in our case Western Technologies Inc., evaluated site subsurface conditions and provided information for foundation design, slope or any other ground modifications that may be required. The engineers did 1 test boring to a depth of 15 feet below the existing site grades.
The purpose of the geotechnical engineering services will be to evaluate the subsurface conditions to provide recommendations and/or discussion for the following:
- Foundation design parameters, including types, depths, allowable bearing
capacities, and estimated settlements
- Lateral earth pressures
- Earthwork, including site preparation, fill placement, and suitability of existing soils for fill materials
- Seismic considerations
- Excavation conditions
- Cut and fill slopes
Heavy duty machines at Diamond Mountain to clear the site for the first Stupa.
Project Introduction by Geshe Michael Roach
Consecration Ceremony for Medicine Buddha Pilgrimage Path & Stupas, by Cheshu Rinpoche (1861-1933)
We have been in conversation with our neighbors and owners of the Cochise Marble quarry. They introduced us to their master quarrier in Europe and have sent us a rendering of what marble stupas might look like. They have a CNC factory in Utah that may produce the stupas as well the marble steps going up the mountain. They also have a ceramic business in Vietnam.
Don’t miss the passionate talk by the owner of Cochise Marble, Marco Gonzales, “Extracting the magic marble“.
Then we have been working with the University of Arizona and Albert Bates to plan how we can best create a lush and green lower campus and strive for reforestation of this area. This will allow every person that goes on a Medicine Buddha pilgrimage to stay cool as they walk from marble stupa to marble stupa all the way up the mountain.
Travis gave as well an inspiring talk on how to “Replenish the desert. Restore the Earth”
To start we interviewed four organizations to develop a masterplan. A masterplan is the overall plan that guides and governs the project over a period or several years. It brings the vision to life! In the end we selected Line and Space LLC, Architects.
This architectural from came highly recommended by the clients we interviewed, came to Diamond Mountain in person to see the site, are very conscious of sustainable practices and have worked extensively in China. We are excited about working with their team.
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Medicine Buddha Marble Stupa Video Series
Fly the Stupa Valley
Breaking Ground at Diamond Mountain – Hanlie + Sunam (2022) Date to be decided.
The Diamond & the Mountain – by Ven. Jigme
Listen to her story and the story on Diamond Mountain!
In 2002, a modern group of pioneers came to Diamond Mountain in search of inner treasures: a clear, disciplined mind and an open heart. Their dream was to give anyone who sought a balanced, meaningful life the opportunity to explore their possibilities in the ideal setting, with all the guidance they need. After 15 years the initial vision has actualized. The founders created a place both comfortable and peaceful, remote but accessible, where people from all walks of life can be fully supported in their quest for insight. Ven. Jigme Palmo was one of the earliest Sangha members and also a founder of Diamond Mountain. At the age of ten, the indefatigable Ven. Jigme transferred from public school to a Catholic school because she wanted to study religious philosophy in a deeper way. Later she received her masters’ degree in East-West Psychology from the Institute of Integral Studies and completed all Asian Classics Institute and Diamond Way courses at Diamond Mountain. Over the years she has taught Asian Classics Institute (ACI) course, eleven total courses at Diamond Mountain on the Diamond Cutter and Heart Sutras, plus two courses on how to do retreat.
In the last three decades she has completed more than 3 ½ years total of silent solitary retreat, including one for 10 months and one for 8 months, as well as more than 15 four to six-week retreats. Ven. Jigme has always loved the wildness of the area and the animals that come to see you, especially when in deep retreat. Her global network of students can be found in Mexico, Ireland, Argentina, Canada, the USA and online.
and the Diamond Mountain Team