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Sponsor a Buddha Statue - Support the Maitreya Center

(Click links to download Chinese translations of this article and Donation Form.)

A $1,000 donation will sponsor one of a thousand Buddha Shakyamuni statues that will bless the Maitreya Center. The name of the person to whom the statue is dedicated will appear on a plaque to be permanently displayed in the Maitreya Center. The sponsor’s name will also be recorded in “The Registry of Sponsorship of 1,000 Buddha Statues.”  Please help support this auspicious project by sponsoring a statue today!

Traditionally, Tibetan shrine rooms include representations of the Buddha’s body, speech and mind. Most frequently, the Buddha’s body is represented by a statue.  One thousand statues of Shakyamuni Buddha, representing all the Buddhas that will appear in this cosmic eon, will grace the Maitreya Center shrine room.

Each of these 8-inch bronze cast statues has been hand-painted by Nepali artists. At the center of each statue is a sok-shing —a Tibetan term often translated as “life-force pillar” – a piece of tapered wood inscribed with mantras, which serves as the “spine” or central axis of the statue. In addition, the statues will be filled with blessings of the Buddha’s enlightened body, speech, mind, qualities and activity; mantras and mandalas; earth and other sacred substances from holy pilgrimage sites in Tibet and India; as well as pills blessed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Dorje Chang Kalu Rinpoche, Chamgon Tai Situ Rinpoche, Kyabje Chatral Rinpoche, the Venerable Dezhung Rinpoche, and many other great lamas.

After the statues are filled, Lama Norlha Rinpoche will perform rab-nay, the ritual for consecrating the Buddha statues. During this consecration ritual, the statues are purified of defilements and blessed with enlightened body, speech and mind through meditation, mantras, and prayers. To enhance the blessing, visiting Rinpoches will also be invited to perform rab-nay ceremonies.

By sponsoring one of the Buddha statues, you not only bring blessings to yourself, your family and your home or business, but you also accumulate immeasurable merit by contributing to the Maitreya Center which honors the next Buddha, the Buddha Maitreya, and creates a vital space for the practice of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.

 

If you would like to support this virtuous project,
please download the Buddha Statue Donation Form in (English)
or (Chinese).
Your tax-deductible donation may be made in full or in 10 monthly installments of $100.