Nagarjuna statue and Lily pond
During the summer Lama Yeshe's vision for the completion of the Peace
Garden manifested and the last task of the amazing sculptor from Tibet
together with a small band of devoted helpers was to build a platform
and sculpt a larger than life size statue of the Great Mahayana
Teacher and Saint Nagarjuna. (It was auspicious that Khenpo Tsultrim
Gyamtso gave teachings this summer on Nagarjunas Exposition
of the Middle Way). This now forms the centrepiece of a large
lily pond and circular gravel walk. The Statue faces west and symbolises
the rooting and spreading of the Mahayana Teachings on Wisdom and
Compassion in the West.
On Lama Yeshe's
60th birthday, the focus of great celebration at Samye Ling,
108 donated lily plants were placed in the new pond and in the evening
a fabulous firework display lit up the sky and was reflected in
the new lake. This splendid addition to the Peace garden brings
the whole space together into one whole and is now being planted
and landscaped with grasses and wild flowers. Please refer to our
website for more information about Nagarjuna and also pictures of
Some more intrepid trekkers returned from the Kailash Pilgrimage
at the end of September.
The dates for the Tibet pilgrimage was deferred due to the Sars
outbreak in the Spring, but we are hoping that our programme for
2004 which includes the pilgrimage treks to the Guru Rinpoche and
Milarepa caves in Nepal and at Mount Kailash in Tibet will go as
The copper canopy above the entrance of the Stupa is now built and
gleams beautifully in the autumn sunlight. All that is now needed
is a small amount of woodwork on the inner ceiling. The interior
of the Stupa too continues to progress. Jimpa, Stefan Hartung, from
Dublin, our master joiner, came again this summer to add more of
his wonderful work. All who have been able to visit the Stupa agree
that the woodwork is exceptionally beautiful and of a quality rarely
seen nowadays. We are expecting him again sometime during the winter
to complete as much more work as funds allow.
In the Spring
we hope to begin work on adding an outer walkway with a copper roof
which will be parallel with the low wall which runs around the back
of the stupa and flanks half of each side. The prayer wheels will
form the supports for the copper roof on one side while the other
side will be a wall providing niches for larger boxes of remains.
This will mean
that a korra of the stupa can be partly made out of the rain and
the prayer wheels can be turned in comfort in all weathers. Amy
Smith, now a student of architecture at Bath University is working
on the plans and drawings and also helping to raise funds.
have already been 103 applications for Ashes to be kept within the
Stupa. Due to the growing interest in the Stupa as a place of rest
beautiful lacquered albums have been bought for human and animal
photographs so that those living can keep a visual record of their
loved ones as well as having their remains blessed and kept within
the shrine room. These albums will be kept within the stupa as will
loose leaf memorial books to which relatives and friends can contribute.
As soon as the Stupa interior is complete a member of the ordained
Sangha who has completed the 3-year retreat will make prayers everyday
in the shrine.
Office will soon be selling a series of cards depicting the Stupa,
the statues and peace Garden and as they are blank they could well
be used for Christmas Greetings. The cards are printed from colour
photographs and will be available from November - so please put
your orders in soon in case we need to make a reprint!
Please do let
your family and friends know about the Stupa project and its benefits.
If we can help with any matters concerning the project do get in
The Stupa Team,