Lokeshvara writes from Padmaloka, Triratna’s long-established men’s retreat centre in Norfolk UK, with news of - the arrival of their Buddha! This is part of their long-running project to populate every part of the shrineroom with images of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, mostly if not entirely painted and sculpted by Aloka. He says -
“If you haven’t been here since New Year, we have to tell you that we have a new Buddha made by Aloka in the shrine room, and we have painted the room. It’s quite a change! All this is part of a long term collective project - within Padmaloka and across Triratna - of creating a visual language for Buddhism as it takes root into western culture”.
Online photographs of the new images are hard to come by, as they want people to visit and experience them first-hand in the atmosphere of the shrineroom itself. However he goes on to say “If you are one of the people who have already donated to this project – a really big thank you we couldn’t do it without your help. If you want to help with the next phase - two paintings this year - you can donate through our new fundraising page, where there is a photo of the new Buddha”.
We reproduce it here, and invite Triratna News readers to go visit as soon as they can!