The Kurukulla project

Land of Joy wishes to benefit as many beings as possible. And so we will need to increase the amount of accommodation we can offer for retreats. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has also said that a very large Kurukulla statue is required for the flourishing and success of Land of Joy but we need a place to house it!

Therefore, we have planned an exciting new development, which meets all these requirements by converting one of our existing outbuildings.

The Building

With your help, we will convert the outbuilding to include:1

Ground Floor

  • Disabled facilities, including access toilet and shower
  • Twin rooms
  • Shower and toilet facilities also for campers
  • Tibetan-style Kurukulla gompa

First Floor

  • 2/3 bedrooms with bathroom facilities
  • The upper part of the Kurukulla gompa

The converted building will benefit Land of Joy in many ways:

  • Increasing our overall capacity, allowing more people to benefit from retreat
  • Providing single and twin rooms not currently available, which is important for those wishing for more personal space during a retreat or those wishing to share a room
  • Offering much needed facilities for our disabled retreatants which are not currently possible in the main house
  • Increasing Land of Joy’s ability to generate additional income through renting out our facilities for compatible events such as yoga or mindfulness retreat.  This is important to our long term financial stability

The additional gompa will help in three ways:

  • Allow a place for the Kurukulla to be housed. How wonderful to be able to fulfil the clear wishes of Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Offer an additional private space for meditation, puja and retreat for appropriate initiates
  • Provide a place where further offerings can be made


Lama Zopa Rinpoche made clear that to enhance Land of Joy’s flourishing and aid in its success, a very large Kurukulla will be required.

Kurukulla is known to be a powerful emanation of Tara with an ability to enchant and attract people to practice the dharma, one of the four enlightened activities. She is a rich red with four arms, her upper arms hold a bow and arrow, and her lower arms a hook and a lasso, all made from flowers. She dances in the dakini posture, encircled by wisdom fire.

How she will be built?

A Kurukulla of this size has already been built by internationally renowned sculptor, Peter Griffin. To the right is the beautiful statue that he built in Washington, USA. We are delighted that Peter, and his wife Denise, have agreed to build this statue for Land of Joy. But it is an extraordinary task and will take 12 months to complete.

Click here to see an inspiring video of Peter  working on a Chenrezig statue


Lama Zopa Rinpoche has made clear to us that because Kurukulla is a powerful semi-wrathful dakini, that once the statue is complete and her practice has started, it will be accessible only to those doing the practice on behalf of Land of Joy.

How much will the development cost?

We have already received kind donations towards the project, and Peter is now starting the process of creating the statue.  The total cost of the project will be in the region of £200, 000 and it will take around 12 months to complete.
The completion of the Kurukulla building will transform Land of Joy and attract many more to the centre. Therefore, we encourage donations of any size to help achieve our goal.

How you can help?

As a thank you for donating to this project Peter has agreed to produce Tsa Tsa’s of Kurukulla which will be offered to the donor. These are very rare and will come from hand-sculpted moulds produced by Peter himself, who is known for his exquisite attention to detail, evident by the image on the right.

The benefits of holy objects are not only for those who interact with them but also for those who sponsor and create them. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has said:

 “The final benefit is enlightenment. As many atoms a statue or stupa has, that many causes for enlightenment are created by the person who sponsors or makes that holy object.”

We invite you to join us in this virtuous project creating the causes for enlightenment for all sentient beings.

How to donate

To make a donation you can donate via using PayPal or transfer a donation directly to:

Land of Joy, The Co-operative Bank

Branch sort code: 089299

Account number: 65457135

Please reference the transaction with the initial of your first name, your full surname and end with the word ‘Kuru’, so we can allocate the funds correctly. If you wish for anonymity please use ‘Anonymous’ as the name but remember without a name we cannot claim Gift Aid.

To discuss the project or a donation in more detail contact Jason Briggs via or 07513 577 221