THE (COMPLETED) TEMPLE PROJECT envisioned a much needed physical Drikung Dharma Surya temple for everyone to learn the teachings of Lord Sakyamuni Buddha and to bring benefits to others in the Greater Washington D.C. Metropolitan area and beyond. The Temple design accommodates the surroundings and balance with Nature. The temple is equipped modern facilities in order to accommodate a large gathering of up to 200 people, where various Dharma activities can be held.
“THE GOAL OF the Center [DDSC] is to generate loving kindness and peace – peace in the individual, peace within families, communities, peace within other faiths, peace among all beings. And then we make a big impact in this life. That generates for future lives. This Center can then benefit for many, many generations.”
“The Center remains in the future for thousands of years…It becomes a space where beings can always learn about karma…Center is a source of merit for all future lives…This merit will become the cause of rebirth in the happy states in all future lives and ultimately the cause of attaining enlightenment…Thus, I hope that people will contribute to the Center in whichever way they can be, through financial means, or through service, or through training their minds.”
– His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche, Fairfax, Virginia
2015 Temple Tour
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This special golden-colored metal prayer wheel of 5ft tall by 3ft diameter contains billions of mantras of deities and Dharma protectors to bring blessings to the surrounding environment in which it was built, to those who build it, and to those who visit and venerate it. Just touching and spinning the prayer wheel is a particular blessing for those who are sick or experiencing obstacles, and brings great purification of negative karma and obscurations.
World Peace Sand Mandala
This sacred World Peace Sand Mandala was created in January 2019 at Drikung Dharma Surya Center by Tibetan Buddhist monks of the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehradun, India.