It takes a sangha
It was a long process, nearly three years to prepare the site, organize materials, and hold the traditional Tibetan Buddhist empowerment ceremonies. The final consecration was February 19, 2009.
All the right conditions came together to make the temple and stupa a reality. The land was most suitable, there were no governmental obstructions, the money was available, skilled stupa builders were involved, a sangha existed to support the effort, a compassionate Dharma attitude was held by all, and there was a spiritual director with an authentic Tibetan Buddhist lineage at the helm. The effort was tremendous, but it all came together seamlessly. It was meant to be.