September 22, 2007

9/22/07 Lavaur France

Nalanda Monastery

And the tour continues.

And the other important building of Nalanda is the workshop. A lot of the work here is related to building the new gompa. There is a huge woodshop along with many storage areas for various building materials and hardware. And one of the art studios is devoted to working on the 1000 Buddha statues that will be places on the main shrine in the new gompa. Tsultrim runs the tsa tsa workshop, making tsa tsa (small holy statues/objects) molds that are sent all over the world, along with designing new statues and objects that can be produced here at Nalanda.

Dundrub painting the eyes of the Buddha

Tess repairs the Buddhas before gold-leafing

Tess said she has half of these done already

Yves airbrushing ceramic glaze

But the most striking item in the workshop is the huge statue of Tara. Bertrand was asked by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to create a statue of Tara for the Buddhist Center in Osel Ling near Granda Spain. He has been working on the stature since 2001 and it is now complete. The next stage is to have molds of all the pieces made, then cast pieces in bronze, so they can be shipped and reassembled in Spain. More information can be found at

Tara, "mother of liberation"

Monk/architect/builder Jean-Francois working

But it's not all work here at Nalanda. Every Saturday night is movie night where everyone can watch a current DVD. For a little exercise, Friday is reserved for a soccer match. And then there are those normal things like birthdays to celebrate.

Losang Thubten & Zopa waiting for the movie to start

What kind of movie are you watching?

Sherab is 57 - Happy Birthday

Too much cake and ice cream

The pampered life of a monastery cat