Buddha Shakyamuni statue

The Stupa’s New Buddha

Lama Ole Nydahl and Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche agreed at last year’s Summer Course that it’s time for a new statue in our stupa: a golden Buddha Shakyamuni. The best place for any Diamond Way Buddhist centre to find top quality statues is the Europe Center, so we contacted our friends there. Geri from the EC has spent years building relationships with artists in the East so that they can offer Diamond Way Buddhist centers the best craftsmanship at the best prices.

It didn’t take long to find a gorgeous Buddha of the right size. Coincidentally Matt, our newest resident, moved from the Europe Center to Lolland last week, so he brought a friend with him when he came north. The beautiful new statue is now standing on the altar in the gompa waiting to be filled and placed in the stupa window during the summer course.

Experienced friends will fill the statue during the summer course, and if you would like to help you’re welcome to join in. You can also establish a connection to Lolland’s new Buddha and the stupa with a donation: please contact us if you would like to donate precious materials, or money to buy them, for the filling.

You might be wondering what happened to the familiar Karmapa statue that stood in the stupa since 1987? During the building up weekend in May it was removed from the stupa and taken to the Czech Republic where it will have a place of honor inside the new stupa at Tenovice, lending its blessing and power to the place and strengthening connections between our Diamond Way retreat centers.