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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Samadhi Buddha Statue Under Construction in the US

New York, 15 November, ( The New Jersey Buddhist Vihara has inaugurated the construction of a 25-foot Samadhi Buddha Statue that will be sculpted by Venerable Imbulavitiye Medananda Thero who has already sculpted numerous Buddha statues in Sri Lanka.

The high seated Buddha Statue will be enthroned on a 5ft high lotus pedestal and will be modeled on the statue of the Buddha in deep meditation as seen in the Maha Meyuna gardens in Anuradhapura, the ancient 4th century BC capital city of Sri Lanka.

The statue will be crafted and engineered in the premises of the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara, along with a meditation centre located in nine acres of virgin land.

The ground breaking ceremony took place recently under the patronage of Venerable Kurunegoda Piyatissa Nayaka Thero of the New York Buddhist Vihare. A large and distinguished gathering of Buddhist monks and devotees were in attendance. The Venerable Piyatissa broke the ground to the chanting of Maha Pirith by the assembled monks.

It is expected that the structural construction and sculpting will be completed to enable the ceremonial dedication of the completed statue on Wesak day 2008 to mark the birth, enlightenment and the passing away or pari-nibbana of the Buddha 2551 years ago.

The Buddha Statue project committee has invited the North American Buddhist community to help in the completion of the project.

- Asian Tribune -

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