yesterday i went to meet my meditation student, Rebeca at Marpa House. It was the first time I had a chance to see all the shrine rooms in the building. There are three total; one for basic sitting practice, one for sadhana/chod practice, and one downstair for ngondro practice. They are all beautiful and filled with incredible energy.
I think it is such a good idea to have a dormitory for spiritual practitioners--a place like Marpa House where they live and practice together as a community. This place is also used for hosting Tibetan Buddhist teachers when they come to town. Occasionally, they even host art exhibitions, spiritual programs, yoga workshops, etc.