The Buddha’s Birthplace: Pal Thubten Shedrub Ling Monastery
The Buddha was born in Lumbini, in what is now the country of Nepal, more than 2,500 years ago and lived there until the age of 29. In the 3rd century BCE, Emperor Ashoka, the great Dharma king of India planted a pilar in Lumbini to mark the birthplace of the Buddha and today it is one of the four great Buddhist pilgrimage sites. In 1997, Lumbini was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since that time it has become a major destination place, for both Buddhist and non-Buddhists, and is the site of annual world peace prayer gatherings for thousands of monks, nuns and laypeople from all lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
In January of 2011, construction was begun in Lumbini on a large monastery, envisioned by Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, which will accommodate more than a thousand monks and nuns from Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery, Nagi Gompa, and practitioners from around the world. The monastery is being build in traditional Tibetan style, with a large assembly hall downstairs, a meditation hall and classrooms upstairs, and a library and guestrooms for visiting lamas on the topmost floor.
The centerpiece of this magnificent new building will be one thousand gold-plated 18” statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, located in the main assembly hall on the ground floor of the monastery.
To date, the Thousand Buddha Temple is approximately 50% completed. Funding is needed now in order to finish construction of the temple itself and to provide finishing work for the interior of the building. In addition, funding is needed for completion of the statues which will be housed in the monastery after completion.
Sponsorship is still available for gold plating for many of the one-thousand statues of Shakyamuni Buddha in the main assembly hall. The cost of sponsoring gold plating or one 18” statue is $1,000 each.
Being part of the construction of a monastery in Lumbini Nepal, the birthplace of Shakyamuni Buddha, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you would like to make a donation to the construction of the Thousand Buddha Temple, or to sponsor gold plating for of one of the thousand Buddha statues, please click below!
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