Shakyamuni Buddha Statue

Shakyamuni Buddha Image

The final statue before gold leaf is to be applied

An Invitation to Participate in Covering the Buddha Statue in Gold Leaf

We would like to invite you to share in the meritorious undertaking of covering the new Buddha statue with 23.75K gold leaf by making a donation towards its purchase. Covering the Buddha will cost approximately $5,000, each leaf costing $3.00. All donations, large or small, will be received with gratitude.

It is said that the Buddha’s skin was golden hued and his body radiated golden light. To symbolize this, statues of the Buddha are traditionally covered with gold leaf, a pure, beautiful and incorruptible substance. The merit resulting from making such an auspicious offering can be for oneself or dedicated to a deceased or ill relative or friend, or for the liberation of all sentient beings.

Since the mid-nineties, Lama Jigme has wanted to install a 7 foot tall statue of Buddha Shakyamuni in the main hall of Orgyan Dzong’s temple to serve as an object of refuge and inspiration for all those who visit our Center, as well as a source of blessing for the surrounding area and the whole world. All depictions of the Buddha are important in that they remind us of the ultimate goal of our practice – that by practicing what the Buddha taught, each of us is capable of recognizing our inherent Buddha Nature and becoming fully enlightened for the benefit of all sentient beings.

In 2011 Lama Jigme commissioned Tshewang Dorji, a highly skilled Bhutanese artist, to create a Shakyamuni Buddha statue of the finest craftsmanship. It was completed in the fall of 2015; then filled with mantra rolls, sacred relics and substances that were first blessed by Tulku Dawa and Tulku Ogyen before being carefully placed inside by Khenpo Pema, Lama Lodro and Lama Jigme.

After the statue was sealed, it was primed, given a base coat of yellow paint, and then meticulously polished to a fine finish. We are pleased to announce that we are ready to begin the final phase of the project: applying pure gold leaf to the entire surface of the statue and its lotus base. This is the last thing to be done before His Eminence Gyangkhang Rinpoce visits the temple this August 19 – 21 to consecrate the statue and perform the Opening of the Eyes ceremony.

Donations can be made by Paypal and you can also send money through an Interac email transfer to:

Or by cheque mailed to:

The Palyul Foundation of Canada
1755 Lingham Lake Road,
Madoc, ON K0K 2K0

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