A Few Highlights from the event
Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche spoke about the importance of the Temple to keep Dharma texts, statues and Thangkas, and most importantly for the study of philosophy and meditation. He also said that the temple would be the base for a monastic community who could practice and teach.
Lama Öser highlighted the great benefit for all humanity that Rinpoche’s vision will bring. This will be a place to come together for students to receive teachings, to reflect and to learn.
The foundations for the temple are currently being built. The foundations have been dug and damp proof membrane and reinforcing steel installed. The next step will be to pour the concrete. The first part to be poured will be under the Buddha Shakyamuni statue and half of the building. This will involve 13 trucks worth of concrete!
Geshe Tenzin Losel (Geshe Graham Woodhouse) described how the temple will provide a conducive place for study and the space for mental development towards compassion and wisdom. He emphasised the importance of the temple being the first traditional Tibetan Buddhist Temple in England and the positive ripple effect into our wider communities from both the building and the activities that will be undertaken there
Gomde continues to grow with the support of our communities good wishes, financial support, and hours of work both at a distance and at Gomde UK itself. We hope to recruit new resident volunteers, ‘volunteering from home’ volunteers and local volunteers in the coming weeks.