June 14, 2013
"Compassion Mandala at Hopi"
My name is Kymberlee Ruff, MFT. I have been asked to be the "Messenger of the Hopi/Tibetan Prophecy". The Hopi/Tibetan Prophecy is not the Hopi Prophecy nor the Tibetan Prophecy, but rather a separate Prophecy that was created from where the two Prophecies intersect.
I have some really GREAT NEWS: The Venerable Lama Losang Samten has offered to create a sacred Tibetan Sand Mandala at Hopi! Lama Losang is considered a Master Mandala maker. His Holiness the Dalai Lama calls him "Mandala Man".
Lama Losang was in Santa Barbara recently for the Summit for Tibet week. He generously offered to bring the Chenrezig mandala to the Hopi people. Here is a photo of Lama Losang and me at the "Santa Barbara Wheel of Life" mandala.
Lama Losang has said that he would like to create a mandala for the Hopi because it is part of the fulfillment of the prophecy that the second Buddha Padmasambhava stated back in the 8th century:
"When the Iron Eagle Flies in the sky
and Stone Bridges cover Rivers.
Horses with Wheels will run on roads.
East Will Meet West.
Red People will meet Red People.
At that time my teachings
will benefit the world."
PADMSAMBHAVA (Guru Rinpoche)
In April I traveled to Hopi to find the perfect location for the sacred sand mandala. I was fortunate enough to be able to visit my beloved Grandfather Martin while I was out there. Grandfather is 90 years old now and every day is precious. Grandfather Martin is the nephew of the late Hopi Elder Yukiuma.
I was just informed that Grandfather Martin has recently retired. I will no longer be working with him. I am hoping that he is allowed to live out the rest of his days in the loving kindness. I will always be so very grateful to him for adopting me into his Hopi family and everything that he taught me over the last twelve years.
After the Grandfather Martin visit a different group of us formed a "mandala team" led by a dear Hopi friend from Moencopi. We asked the descendants of Grandfather David Monongye if we could have the mandala at their art gallery.
I am very happy to report that they agreed!
Much to my surprise and delight, as soon as Lama Losang confirmed a date and Von Monogye was able to agree, LOTS of people just offered to pay for it! Within a week we had the money to cover all the expenses WITHOUT any fundraising at all!
I would like to try and explain why this is so incredibly auspicious: It was Grandfather David Monongye who FIRST brought the Hopi Prophecy out to the general public in 1946.
David Monongye was a Hopi Native American traditional leader (Kikmongwi of Hotevilla.) The son of Yukiuma, he had been The Keeper of the Sacred Tablets of the Fire Clan which were eventually passed down to Grandfather Martin Gashweseoma. Grandfather David also founded Hotevilla in 1906.
Grandfather David is one of four Hopis, including Thomas Banyacya, Dan Evehema, and Dan Katchongva, who decided or were appointed to reveal Hopi traditional wisdom and teachings. They brought the Hopi prophecies for the future to the world after the use of the first two nuclear weapons on Japan.
Here is a very special photo of Grandfather David Monongye meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Hopi back in 1972.
The Venerable Lama Losang Samten has agreed to create the Chenrezig mandala at Hopi because it is the mandala of COMPASSION. Chenrezig, or "Avalokitesvara," as he is also called, is a Boddhisattva who embodies the compassion of all the Buddhas. Chenrezig is said to be incarnated as the Dalai Lama.
Lama Losang is the spiritual director of the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia.
Here is a photo of Lama Losang creating the "Santa Barbara Wheel of Life" mandala in January.
Ven. Losang Samten and the "Wheel of Life" mandala
This is an excellent description of what all of the intricacies of the sacred mandala represent.
We are so very lucky to be living in such a phenomenal time in history to be able to witness all that is unfolding around us!
May all beings benefit,