The inner decoration of the Lerab Ling Temple took another step forward recently with the completion of the 1,000 Buddha Shrine.
There are two parts to the shrine, one on either side of the main statue of the Buddha in the temple, and each contain 500 small statues of the Buddha. The statues (pictured right), which are filled with relics and sacred materials, were all sponsored by students and friends of Rigpa. They were cast at a workshop in Thailand and modelled on an image of the Buddha made by one of the most respected statue-makers in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The central image in the shrine on the left if you are facing the main Buddha statue is the Buddha of the Past, Dipamkara (pictured above), while on the right is the Buddha of the Future, Maitreya.
The 1,000 Buddha Shrine was built on the advice of Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche, who indicated that it would help to ensure that Lerab Ling thrives in the future, and that the Buddha's teachings bring benefit to as many people as possible in the West.
It is still possible to sponsor other aspects of the inner decoration of the temple, such as statues, thangkas and shrines. For more details of how to do so, click here.