Roof Progress at BSC!

Although we’re currently in the middle of a thunderstorm, there has been progress on the roof at the Boulder Shambhala Center.

Our project manager, Cody Mekelburg, was recently up close to the tser togs, and got some photos.  The new photos show a great deal of wear on the gold leafing, to the extent that we decided the entire tser tog would need to be re-gilded.  Cody advised that the best way to do that would be to bring them down with the roofing contractor’s crane, take them indoors, and gold leaf them in doors, then re-install them, again using a crane.

Having considered the time and expense of this project, (not to mention the risk to life, limb, and the tser togs) Cody and I decided, and Dennis Southward concurs, that the best thing to do is to re-prime them and paint them with gold paint.  Cody can do that with them in place on the roof.  At this point that is the plan.

More to come!

4 thoughts on “Roof Progress at BSC!

  1. That is one beautiful structure on your roof, so impressive! Your plan to prime and then paint it gold is probably a very realistic one, because of all the reasons mentioned in your post! The Asian temples that remain from long ago are incredible, but when I contemplate the material resources involved, the taxes demanded from the people for the expenses, and especially how expendable human lives were as part of the never ending work force, it makes no sense to me. The honor placed on the Buddha is obvious when I see the glory of the ancient temples, awe inspiring in fact. However, I always wonder about the losses involved in building these glorious structures.

    In your case, gold leafing would have been awesome, but …

    Good luck! I can’t wait to see your roof when I get to Boulder!

  2. Kathleen, Thank you so much for these words. The tser togs were the biggest disappointment — and I definitely got some negative reaction. I guess in the “old days” of the 1980’s, the practical considerations did not outweigh the aspirational aspects. For now this seems good though.

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