The Buddha Statue is installed with a foundation.
We are now preparing the meditation area in front of the Buddha.
Next to the Buddha we have created a pond with a waterfall that holds Japanese carp and lotus plants.
One of the most common and popular mudras that are depicted on Buddha statues is the Bhumisparsha Mudra, translated as the "Earth Touching Gesture".
Statues of the Buddha with this mudra are commonly known as the
The Buddha meditated all night to overcome the fears and temptations sent by Mara, and then called the Earth Spirit to witness touching the ground that He, the Buddha, achieved enlightenment underneath the Bodhi tree.
The Dharma Studio Center plans are approved. Plans have gone through Flood Control Permits Pima county. We had to get a structural engineer to help the architect with the plans.
Until the Zendo is built this 30 X 50 building will serve as the Zendo.
The first phase has been accomplished with revitalizing the land to bring it back to its natural existence and beauty. This included a land water management plan for water flow over the land.
Plans are now approved and permits granted by the Pima County flood control for building the Dharma Studio Center.
Dharma Studio Center is a 30' X 50' structure that will house a complete Japanese woodworking shop, photography darkroom, and a place to meet for meditation, Zazen, until the Dharma Center Zendo is built.
We are now building the outdoor kitchen to cook vegetarian meals for the Zen Center and homeless in Tucson.
Building the Zendo.
2021 will start the traditional structure house for the Japanese temple bell.
This bell was made for a Japanese temple in 1855 and now has found a home here at Dharma Vista Zen Center.
It stands over 24 inches. It's wonderful sound will call the sangha to Zazen meditation.
Molie came to us from LA California to help in building our Zen Center and to cook the center's vegetarian meals. Molie is originally from Malaysia. She has practiced Buddhism for 35 years.