Left to right: Tori Murden McClure, President, Spalding University, Amy Peterson, Co-Coordinator for the Contemplative Garden, Lobsang Nyandak, Representative of the 14th Dalai Lama, Will LaStrange, Vice-President, Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion, Geshe Kalsang Rapgyal, Spiritual Teacher and Executive Director, Drepung Gomang Center for Engaging Compassion.
Brother Paul sings a verse from the hymn, Faithful Cross, Above All Others. This verse will be written directly on the tree along with Buddhist mantras and many prayers.
Brother Paul Quenon recieves a khata from Geshe Rapgyal. The khata symbolizes compassion and purity. It is offered without negative thoughts or motives and with complete sincerity.
Preparing for a blessing of the site before the digging for the footer begins.
The suppression chamber contains symbolic items which represent causes for illness, disease, and harm to a society such as drug addiction and violence.

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