Thousand Stars – Mission and Work
-To promote Dharma teaching in all various traditions of Buddhism – Theravada, Mahayana and Vajrayana.
-To promote mutual understanding among various lineages based on the “ri-med” (non-sectarian) principle. Regarding Tibetan Buddhism, the Foundation promotes teachings in all the five traditions categorized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Bod kyi chos rgyud chenpo bzhi dang gyungdrung bon dang lnga), namely Nyingma, Kakyu, Sakya, Gelug, and Yungdrung Bon (or Bon for short). The latter is not transmitted from India, but originates in Tibet itself.
-No political affiliation, whatever reason it may be. Our work focuses on cultivating peace in people’s hearts.
-Important work is the building of Khadiravana (Acacia Forest), a Tibetan retreat center in Hua-Hin (250 kms south of Bangkok). The center is dedicated to Tara, Bodhisattva of compassion, who is “mother of all sentient beings” and “spiritual source of all the enlightened ones”. Khadiravana is also a learning center for Buddhist Himalayan culture.
-The most important mission of Khadiravana at the moment is to build the Tara Great Stupa for Peace and Harmony. This is an auspicious opportunity for sentient beings to make great merit and be part of a work towards world peace and harmony based on unconditional love.
The Great Stupa will be built according to “Yungdrung Kolek Choten,” which is among 120 stupa patterns that can be built by humans. In the main assembly hall four Buddha images in sambhogakaya form will be placed. One of them is “Satig Esang,” female Buddha of Prajaparamita, who is the same essence as Tara or Chamma (mother of loving kindness in the Bon tradition), We name this recepticle “Tara Great Stupa,” as Tara is the patron deity of the Thousand Stars Foundation. We pray to her to remove obstacles in building this great stupa.
-Other building projects at Khadiravana include a Tara temple, TISE institute and library, and individual retreat houses. The temple for 21 Taras will be built according to the Sakyapa lineage under the supervision of Kunga Sangbo Rinpoche. The main aims of the TISE institute and library are to preserve Tibetan and Himalayan ancient wisdom and promote exchanges in various Buddhist lands.
-Other activities of the foundation are to organize pilgrimage trips to Tibet and the Himalayas, to preserve knowledge on Tibetan medicine, to do work related to body and mind healing, and to reach out to children, nuns, practiioners and marginalized groups of society.