Dear Friends,

The Thousand Buddha Temple is raising vital funds for the construction of a new Gompa (shrine room) that will be graced by a large statue of Shakyamuni Buddha surrounded by 1,000 Shakyamuni Buddha statues. These statues were painstakingly handcrafted by many people across the United States over the last 13 years.

The expected cost of the new Gompa is $700,000. We are very grateful for the donations of $260,000 we have received during the last two years. We would greatly appreciate your prayers and donations to help build the Gompa ( The Thousand Buddha Temple is a place for study, meditation and practice to bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. Your support will bring blessings to yourself and your family, and you will accumulate immeasurable merit in assuring the Temple serves as a spiritual resource for all who wish to transform suffering into healing and compassion.

Every donation, both large and small, helps. Every donor becomes a part of the Temple’s future, helping to bring peace and happiness to many. Every dollar donated goes directly to the construction and completion of the Thousand Buddha Temple’s new Gompa. Donations are tax deductible, as the Thousand Buddha Temple is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation.

The most effective way to help build the new Gompa sooner is to donate $1,000 to sponsor one of a thousand Buddha Shakyamuni statues that will bless the Thousand Buddha Temple.  The name of the person to whom the statue is dedicated will appear on a plaque to be permanently displayed in the new Gompa. Please help support this auspicious project by sponsoring a statue today!

By sponsoring one of the Buddha statues, you not only bring blessings to yourself, your family, but you also accumulate immeasurable merit by contributing to a new Gompa to be constructed that will be graced by 1,000 statues of Shakyamuni Buddha that 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 (

After a statue is casted by hands, the temple will perform 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.”

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please let us know if you have any questions.

I thank you in advance for your prayers and financial support.


Son Pham

Manager, Thousand Buddha Temple

The Merit and Virtues of Making Buddha Images

This talk about the benefits of making statues or making offerings to statues is excerpted from teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala, India, in May 1990.

The existence of Buddha’s teachings for a long time depends on the existence of the holy objects of Buddha. The teachings exist in the mind so how can they depend for their existence on the existence of these external holy objects? You have to think about this, you have to understand this. It is not easy to have the teachings in the mind. To have the scriptural understanding and the realizations of the teachings is not easy. For these, you need to have a lot of merit. The most powerful merit one can accumulate, and accumulate so easily, is in relation to holy objects of Buddha. By making statues of Buddha and making offerings to statues of Buddha, one accumulates infinite, inconceivable merit that immediately becomes a cause of enlightenment. Every merit accumulated by making statues and by making offerings to statues immediately becomes the cause of enlightenment. Without doubt, every single one becomes a cause of enlightenment.

By accumulating such infinite merit in this way, one is able to develop the mind, one is able to understand the teachings, one is able not only to attempt the practices of listening to, reflecting and meditating on the teachings, but to complete them. All this has to come from merit. So you can see how the existence of the teachings for a long time depends on the existence of the holy objects. The existence and flourishing of the teachings depend on the existence of the holy objects.

Venerable Master Hsuan Hua describes eleven kinds of meritorious virtues derived from making Buddha images. (

     1. In every life you will have clear vision.

     2. You will not be born in evil places. Your friends and neighbors will all be good people. You will not meet up with evil people or evil beasts.

     3. You will always be born in a noble family. You will be born into a household, which is wealthy and honored.

     4. Your body will be purple-golden in color.

     5. You will possess an abundance of wealth.

     6. You will be born in a worthy and good family.

     7. You can be born a king. Now, there is no Emperor, but you could be the President. It amounts to the same thing. Or, if you   insist on being an Emperor, you can find a country with a monarchy and be born there.

     8. You can be a Wheel-turning sage king. That is even higher than being President. As a Wheel-turning sage king, if you cultivate, you can become a Buddha.

     9. You can be born in the Brahma heavens and live for an eon. You can be a king among the gods.

     10. You will not fall into the evil paths. Those who make Buddha images will not fall into the hells, the animal realm, or the realm of hungry ghosts.

     11. In future incarnations you will still be able to revere the Triple Jewel. You will be able to take refuge with the Triple Jewel. You will not fall.