We’d like to invite Western Sangha members the opportunity to be part of the remarkable Buddha statue currently being installed on the Nagaloka campus in India.
The Big Buddha will be a breath-taking centrepiece for Nagaloka, the FWBO/TBMSG’s training institute in Nagpur. It is presently in the final stages of erection on the site and, already, it is extraordinarily beautiful.
We need funds to help us finance the landscaping works. We are hoping to raise £13,000 in India and would like to request the help of our friends in the West to raise the other £13,000 needed to complete the work.
The statue is made of brass and is 10.3 metres tall, with lotus and steps below, all placed on a 20-foot high base. Around this we are building a platform of 12 metres square, down from which there will be 9 steps, and at the bottom of these, a grassy mound, surrounded by a path, giving the whole mound including the central platform and steps a radius of 38 metres as indicated by the picture. This is where we need your help!
Specifically, we’re appealing for donations of 150 pounds (or more).
Anyone making such a donation will be able to dedicate their donation to anyone they choose, perhaps a loved one who has died, and have their dedication deposited in the statue or its base in perpetuity. It’s an opportunity for you to contribute to a very special project, and - if you choose - to commemorate someone special.
Meanwhile, the work goes on - a team of four engineers came out from Taiwan on 18th August to set it up, and another team of four from Taiwan is at present painting the statue. There have been many difficulties and hurdles but all have been surmounted! The inauguration date is not yet finalised, but is expected to be in early December.
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