May 2019

You are invited to a Tibetan Sand Mandala Exhibit and Open House to celebrate the new temple!

September 2018


July 2018

Roof installed, siding all up!


Early February 2018

Installation of shingles at the front entrance begins, and the roofing starts


Late January 2018

Skylight installed, with roof now completely covered and floor dry

View from inside rooms

Putting up the shingles and installing windows and trim


Wrapping the building, January 2018


Temple in the snow on Christmas Day, 2017

Installing the cardecking on the roof

Late November and early December 2017

Corbels up and spectacular framing!

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Prior to the raising of the corbels, Rinpoche held a traditional blessing ceremony.


October 30, 2017

Progress continues on the temple at Yeshe Long with the walls going up.



Mid-September 2017

We have lots of news regarding the progress of the temple. In the last two weeks our temple has passed many inspections!!!  We have had the County’s approval of our foundation and our plumbing preparation for the in-floor heating. The Department of Labor of Industry has inspected and approved our electrical work, allowing us to officially have power to our site. Our temple is making good progress!

The installation of the in-floor heating started by laying the tubing and rebar infrastructure, and then the cement was poured. Damon and his crew will begin framing the temple walls after the cement is cured.




First the tubing….

Then the rebar structure…..

Then the concrete floor gets poured!


We have also built a kiosk where the temple plans will be displayed.


Please continue to send prayers for our temple’s healthy growth and development.


Mid-August, 2017

Our temple update is best shared by our photos. In the last two weeks the foundation footings have been poured and work has begun on the foundation footings.


You can see the concrete slab for the front porch to be, and you can see the angles in the footings that are needed for the bump-outs for the Mandala-shaped temple space.

Go to the Pema Kilaya website HERE to see more photos of the temple being built.

The next step is to build the foundation walls. Trenching for power and water needs to be completed so that the mechanical necessities for the in-floor heating can be installed before the slab for the entire floor can be poured. This is estimated to take about two weeks.

Also, at Nan’s request, Damon is building a Kiosk which will display the temple’s floor plan and exterior design. We will endeavor to send that out as a document to all of you as well.




July 14 – 26, 2017

The temple construction began with clearing the land, hauling away debris, and siting the temple. Expert land shapers Garth and Brad worked tirelessly cutting, piling and removing trees and slash, as well as shaping the land, digging the trenches, digging the footings and preparing the site for the foundation.




E Ma Ho…..we have beautiful news to share with you! On Friday afternoon, July 7, we learned that the Building Permit for our Temple was scheduled to be completed in the coming week. Wonderful and amazing! Wonderful because at last we are going to be able to begin to construct our beautiful temple and Seat in the West for Kilung Rinpoche, and amazing because many of us on Whidbey had spent the majority of the day on Friday with Kilung Rinpoche preparing four treasure vases (one for each direction) to bury, with special instruction and prayers, under the land where the temple will be built.

Rinpoche shared that Friday was an auspicious day astrologically. The whole process of preparing the vases – rolling mantras, preparing sacred substances, digging the 4 foot deep holes, more prayers, and finally placing and carefully burying the vases – was a blessed time of preparing the land for what is to come. At the end of burying the treasure vases we heard the news from the County that our Building Permit was nearly complete. Truly, it was an Auspicious Day!!!

Rinpoche chose Friday, July 14th, another auspicious day, as a wonderful day to break ground on our project. There was a groundbreaking ceremony at 8:00 am. on the land.

Be assured we will take lots of photos and videos as the project moves along and send out periodic reports as to how the temple is emerging from the precious land at Yeshe Long.



Already the new temple has become the center of inspired practice: on Sunday July 9, World Sang Day, we gathered for Riwo Sanchod practice on the temple site. Rinpoche gave a beautiful teaching about the meaning of the role of lungta and the need to continually strengthen the spirit and cohesive vibrancy of the wind horse. There were fires burning sang in each of the four directions, as well as at the center of the temple site. Thus we practiced in the space where the temple will be, honoring and respecting the land for what it is giving us, and making preparations for the changes to come for all the trees, plants, animals, and beings.

Soon Rinpoche will leave for Tibet. There he will be taking the first steps towards rebuilding the Kilung Shedra and Community Center Complex, while knowing that his Seat in the West is being constructed here. Please join together in sharing prayers of safety and auspicious accomplishment for Rinpoche and his family’s travels, and continued prayers for the removal of any obstacles, so that both temples may be simultaneously accomplished for the benefit of all beings.


A special thank you to Art Petersen for his architectural design, to our contractor Damon Arndt from Next Generation Design and Build for his design work and patience, to site plan process consultant Larry Kwarsick for his guidance and consultation. And a deep bow of gratitude to Lynn Hays and Nancy Nordhoff for making this project a reality.


Photos from the Treasure Vase buryings

From Jeanne on Sunday, July 23rd: The clouds came during the ceremony of the burying of the treasure vases in the ground below the temple. Rinpoche was interested in the clouds forming. He mentioned a story of Jigme Lingpa coming to Dzachuka to support the placement of the temple there, at the time of the First Kilung Rinpoche, Jigme Ngotsar Gyatso. There were special prayers said to help with locating the placement of that temple and 3 clouds appeared. Now with the treasure vases placed below and the formation of the clouds above, the temple will manifest in-between to benefit all beings. As Rinpoche was sharing the story, Padmasalle said the clouds looked like footsteps.


Photos taken at July 7th treasure vase burying:



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