Temple Update April

Temple update April

It has been yet another remarkable month at the temple as we continue our sacred endeavor of constructing the Stupa. Significant progress has been made, with the completion of the first three rings of the Stupa. This milestone is a testament to our dedication and collective effort towards this monumental project. A staggering total of 190 thousand bricks have been meticulously laid so far, contributing to the awe-inspiring structure that will stand as a beacon of spirituality and reverence for generations to come. With the journey ahead still unfolding, we anticipate the completion of the Stupa, aiming for a grand total of 300 thousand bricks or perhaps even more. As we continue to work together on this sacred endeavour, we are filled with gratitude for the opportunity to contribute to the construction of such a profound symbol of devotion and enlightenment.

On the 29th of April, a profoundly significant and meritorious event took place at our temple, marking a momentous occasion in our spiritual journey. This event centred around the offering of 1000 candles to the great teacher, Lord Buddha. As a symbol of reverence and devotion, following the completion of the three rings of the Stupa, we had the privilege of placing a thousand candles upon the stupa rings, honouring the Supreme Buddha and accumulating rare merit. The flickering flames illuminated the night, casting a warm glow of reverence and gratitude upon the sacred space.

Preceding the event, I was dressed in a traditional white saree by my aunties mum, a symbol of purity and reverence for the occasion. The act of dressing in this attire carried deep significance, reflecting a connection to my cultural heritage and a profound sense of spiritual reverence.

What made this event even more special was the presence of my loved ones with my mother and daughter Carmela who joined me in this sacred endeavour. Their presence added an extra layer of significance and warmth to the occasion, reminding me of the importance of community, support, and shared spiritual journey. Together, we stood before the illuminated Stupa, united in our devotion and gratitude for the teachings of Lord Buddha.

Being a part of this meritorious event was truly a blessing—a moment of profound connection, reverence, and spiritual upliftment. As the candles flickered in the darkness, I felt a deep sense of peace and gratitude wash over me, knowing that our offerings were a testament to our commitment to walking the path of enlightenment and spreading the light of compassion and wisdom in the world.

We were deeply honored to receive an invitation to visit the Monks’ residence, where we had the privilege of engaging in a heartfelt conversation with one of the esteemed Monks. Stepping into the serene atmosphere of the residence, we were enveloped by a sense of reverence and tranquility that seemed to permeate every corner of the space. Sitting in the presence of the Monk, we felt a profound connection to the ancient wisdom and spiritual insight that he shared with us. It was a truly special and humbling experience, one that left an indelible impression on our hearts and souls. We departed with a renewed sense of gratitude and reverence for the teachings of Buddhism, cherishing the opportunity to have been welcomed into such a sacred and cherished space.

The next stage of the Stupa is building the Dome (Kotha): The dome of the stupa represents the practice of meditation and mindfulness. It symbolizes the cultivation of inner peace, wisdom, and insight through the calming of the mind and the observation of one’s thoughts and emotions. The dome’s rounded shape reflects the completeness and wholeness attained through spiritual practice.

In addition to its representation of meditation and mindfulness, the dome of the stupa also embodies the element of water within the Buddhist tradition. Water symbolizes purity, clarity, and the fluidity of the mind. Just as water flows freely and adapts to its surroundings, so too does the practice of meditation invite us to cultivate a fluid and flexible mindset, allowing thoughts and emotions to arise and pass without attachment or resistance.

The inclusion of the water element in the dome serves as a reminder of the importance of inner purification and the cleansing of mental impurities. Through the practice of meditation, individuals can purify their minds of negative thoughts, emotions, and habitual patterns, allowing for greater clarity, insight, and spiritual growth.

Moreover, water is often associated with the concept of renewal and rebirth. Just as water nourishes and revitalizes the earth, the practice of meditation nourishes and revitalizes the mind, offering a sense of renewal and rejuvenation to practitioners. It symbolizes the potential for transformation and renewal that exists within each of us, as we continue our journey of self-discovery and spiritual awakening.

As we contemplate the dome of the stupa and its association with the water element, may we be inspired to cultivate a mindset of purity, clarity, and renewal through the practice of meditation, allowing the waters of wisdom to flow freely within us, guiding us towards greater peace, insight, and liberation.

This journey of contributing to the construction of the Stupa and participating in its rituals holds immense personal significance for me it’s a reflection of my dedication and commitment to something larger than myself. It’s not just about bricks and candles; it’s about leaving a mark, a legacy of reverence and devotion to the values I hold dear. This project represents a part of my life’s journey a testament to my belief in the power of community, spirituality, and the pursuit of inner peace. As I play my part in this endeavour, I’m mindful of the impact it will have, not just for me, but for those who come after me. It’s a legacy of inspiration, reminding others of the importance of following their own paths with dedication and purpose.

Warm regards,


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