A Home for Lama Sydney

$8,630 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 59 people in 4 months
Created August 1, 2018

Lama Sidney has been living the Dharma for the past 50 years. These days his life revolves around his teaching and his spiritual practice. Unfortunately his old trailer has become unlivable. So we’re building him a new home. It will also contain a space where students can gather to get precious Tibetan Buddhist teachings.

The situation.

Last year Lama’s trailer on the Hermitage grounds developed leaks, often a problem in the BC rainforest. This resulted in mold infestation. In addition, mice have gained access to the trailer, and (although Lama considers them friends) we are all very concerned for his health in these conditions.

Lama Karma Tsultrim Namdak Rinpoche (aka Sidney McQueen-Smith, M.D. or, as he is affectionately known to his friends, ‘Lama Sid’) was first ordained as a monk of the Theravadan order at Wat Mahatat in Thailand in 1968, at the age of 24. His teachers at that time included the renowned Vipassana master Chao Khun Rajasiddhimuni. Following his ordination Lama studied and practiced the strict discipline of a monk in Thailand for two years, learning the Pali language, and engaging in an intense daily regime of vipassana meditation practice.

His lengthy practice of meditation bore fruit, but upon his return to his homeland in 1970, he found it necessary to give back his robes and reenter lay life as there was no support for Buddhist monastics in Canada at that time. Fortunately, prior to his return, while in Calcutta, India, he had met and become a student of His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa, spiritual head of the Ka’gyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. Thanks to the guidance he’d received from His Holiness, he was able to continue practice, applying techniques of yoga and tantric practice designed specifically for people of lay status. It was thus that he learned of the value of many practices unique to Tibetan Buddhism.

In the years that followed, Lama Sidney continued his spiritual practice while earning a living at a wide variety of jobs, including working at a sawmill green chain, as a dishwasher, as a long-distance truck driver, and a construction foreman, to name just a few. In 1977 at the age of 30, Lama attended medical school and went on to spend years as a doctor in central Manitoba, living and working on First Nation reserves, often flying out to remote Inuit communities to provide medical services.

Lama Tsultrim was installed as a Lama by his root master Namgyal Rinpoche in Ontario in the late seventies, and is a holder of the Namgyal lineage. Lama has received innumerable empowerments from a long list of eminent masters, including His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche, Kyabje Namgyal Rinpoche, Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Mingyur Rinpoche, and Ayang Rinpoche. Upon his retirement from medical practice in 2008, Lama Sidney dedicated himself to teaching the Dharma in Nanaimo, B.C., Canada, where he lived for a number of years before moving to the Hermitage, a small meditation practice centre on Denman Island. (thehermitage.ca). Wishing to return to monastic life, he received full Bhikshu re-ordination in 2011 from his root master, His Eminence Tai Situ Kentin Rinpoche at Sherab Ling Monastery in India. Shortly thereafter Lama Tsultrim received the title of “Rinpoche” (lit., precious one) in recognition of his position in the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Lama Tsultrim now lives in semi-retirement on the Hermitage property, and continues to teach Buddha-Dharma to all who come in search of his knowledge and guidance.
30818092_15297960430_r.jpegLama Sidney has an amazing community backing him up. With your help, a small cabin (about 600 square feet) will be built for him on the grounds of the Hermitage, a space that Lama can call home that will meet his simple needs.

Additionally, the space will provide a private area for up to ten practitioners to come and receive precious teachings from Lama Sidney. 

 Construction begins in November 2018.

30818092_1533055288421722_r.jpegArtist Render of Lama's Home

As of August 2018, the ground for the site has been cleared. It's ready for the building phase of the project. Both an architect and the builder have prepared the site and the project.

The Hermitage is a meditation retreat in Denman Island, BC. Our Mission is to share the spiritual tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and meditation in such a way as to be meaningful to Western people.

Most of the Team lives in the Hermitage, volunteering for free to provide support for the Meditation Retreats that go on at the Hermitage ( www.thehermitage.ca). We have a wide range of skills, but we need more people, specially experienced builders.

Lisa Devenish & Lama Rodney Devenish: Founders of the Hermitage, coordinators of the team.

Darlene Tataryn: Zen Teacher and longtime friend of Lama Sidney.

Alexandra Tataryn: Manager of the Hermitage.

Patrice Leblanc: Builder.

James Abraham: Volunteer.

Emiliano Marquez: Filmmaker, campaign manager.

Adam Cajander: Volunteer.

The total cost of the project is $120,000 CA. But $55,000 of is being donated already in labor by our generous builder, Patrice Leblanc.

We need to Raise $65,000CA to build his cabin. 

Please help us manifest this if you can! Your contribution will help keep the precious teachings that Lama Sidney holds, alive. As well as financial contributions, we welcome donated building supplies and appliances (we can issue tax receipts for these) and any offers for volunteer labor.

Thank you so much !
The Hermitage Team

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Thank you for your generosity!
The Hermitage Team
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$8,630 of $65,000 goal

Raised by 59 people in 4 months
Created August 1, 2018
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