I think you realize the importance of this. Gomde is our first place in the West and helping in providing places for retreat/practice has a long-lasting impact. For yourself it lays the seed or foundation that you will always, in this and in future lives, have the circumstances for being able to practice. That is how karma works -- it is the continuation of one’s deeds. One doesn’t have to look somewhere else for what karma is. But the benefit doesn’t stop there; it is also a place where others will practice.
So, I would like to thank all of you from the buttom of my heart.”