THE MAKING OF 1,000 BUDDHA STATUES

Our story started 14 years ago with just a few Buddhist lay people in Raleigh, North Carolina. Under the supervision of Geshe Gelek Chodha, they began an initiative to cast 1,000 statues of Shakyamuni Buddha to pray for world peace, prosperity and happiness. Based on a very famous ancient statue in Nepal, each Buddha wears a graceful robe imprinted with the Eight Auspicious Symbols   (https://fpmt.org/mandala/archives/mandala-for-2014/july/eight-auspicious-signs/). Over the course of ten years, many people traveled to Raleigh to help cast, sand and paint the statues. The 1,000 statues were completed in July 2016 and represent all the Buddhas that will appear in this cosmic eon.

These Shakyamuni Buddha statues are based on a very famous ancient statue in Nepal. Each Buddha wears a graceful robe imprinted with the Eight Auspicious Symbols (https://fpmt.org/mandala/archives/mandala-for-2014/july/eight-auspicious-signs/).

After a statue is casted by hands, the temple has performed the followings.

  • All Buddha statues are fine-tuned to ready them for painting. This process takes about 1 to 2 hours for each statue.
  • Buddha statues are washed and then dried indoors for at least 3 months to obtain the perfect condition for painting.
  • Buddha statues are hand painted with three layers of the same paint that is used to paint Buddha statues in Thailand.
  • A Tibetan artist who graduated from an Art School in Dharamsala, India, carefully paints the details on the Buddha statues.
  • The Buddha statues will be filled with blessings of the Buddha’s enlightened body, speech, mind, qualities and activity; mantras and mandalas; earth and other sacred substances.
  • After the Buddha statues are filled, a ceremony will be performed purified of defilements and blessed with enlightened body, speech and mind through meditation, mantras, and prayers.

Mantras, meaning “mind protection”, are Sanskrit syllables that “embody the qualities of the deity which they represent. They bring benefit to all who see, touch, hear or speak them. In the case of statues, many mantras are individually cut out and then rolled up around a stick of incense, bundled and then placed inside the statue in a specific order, according to the deity being represented. Lama Yeshe says, “Mantra is energy. It is always pure, and cannot be contaminated by negative thought processes. As mantra is not gross energy, it cannot be corrupted the way sensory phenomena are corrupted by our own minds.”

In August 2016, a nearly 6-acre property with a beautiful lake view and mature trees in Greensboro, NC, was selected to build the Thousand Buddha Temple for the study of Buddhism, and for the practice of meditation. The Temple will feature a Gompa (shrine room) graced by a large Buddha statue surrounded by the 1,000 Shakyamuni Buddha statues.

Events Calendar

< May 2022 >
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            1Sunday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Weekly Meditation Practice)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
1 pm - 5 pm (Work Retreat)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
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8Sunday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Weekly Meditation Practice)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
1 pm - 5 pm (Work Retreat)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
9Monday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
10Tuesday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
11Wednesday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
12Thursday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
13Friday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
14Saturday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
15Sunday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Weekly Meditation Practice)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
1 pm - 5 pm (Work Retreat)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
16Closed all day
The Buddha Hall is closed to the public today
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The Buddha Hall is closed to the public today
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The Buddha Hall is closed to the public today
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The Buddha Hall is closed to the public today
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The Buddha Hall is closed to the public today
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The Buddha Hall is closed to the public today
22Sunday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Weekly Meditation Practice)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
1 pm - 5 pm (Work Retreat)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
23Monday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
24Tuesday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
25Wednesday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
26Thursday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
27Friday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
28Saturday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Reserved for classes)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
29Sunday Schedule all day
The Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
9 am - 10:30 am (Weekly Meditation Practice)
11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
1 pm - 5 pm (Work Retreat)
We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19
30Closed all day
The Buddha Hall is closed to the public today
31Closed all day
The Buddha Hall is closed to the public today
         

Upcoming Events

  • May 22, 2022
    • Sunday ScheduleThe Buddha Hall is open from 9 am to 5 pm 6 am – 7 am (Chanting Shurangama Mantra - Private Session)
      9 am - 10:30 am (Weekly Meditation Practice)
      11 am - 12 pm (Chanting Mantra of Avalokiteshva)
      1 pm - 5 pm (Work Retreat)
      We are temporarily closing all classes as a precautionary measure against COVID-19

 

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