On Sunday afternoon, 17th December 2017, the Leeds sangha gathered together to unveil and dedicate our stunningly beautiful new shrine and Buddha figure in a moving day led by Uddyotani and Samanartha.
Those present also placed their own commemorative writing and art in special boxes which were then sealed into the body of the Shrine itself. These boxes also included items from each of our Ordination training centres – Tiratanaloka and Padmaloka and items from our two main Ordination Centres in Spain – Guhyaloka and Akashavana.
There was also a warm message from our founder Sangharakshita who congratulated Leeds on the beautiful new shrine and remarked that he saw it as marking a new and exciting phase in the development of the Leeds Buddhist Centre.
We owe enormous thanks to Amritasukha who had the vision for this shrine and who created the new Buddha for us. Major thanks too to Jinaputra whose practical skills made the construction possible and to Samanartha for his hard work and dedication in building the shrine with Jinaputra. Thanks also to Giles for the images.
This project began many months ago and is only the first, but most important stage, of a plan which will transform the whole area of the Shrine room at Leeds.
May this new shrine inspire us greatly in our devotion to the Buddha, our practice of the Dharma and our friendship in the sangha