Our backhoe lifts out Kannon. The marble statue is very heavy.
Building the footing that will hold water for the onyx stone base to waterfall into.
The large stone will sit ontop of the foundation. Water will flow from the top of the stone to the footing. on top of this stone Kannon will stand.
Kwan Yin (Chinese)
More pictures will come as we finish mounting Kanont
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.
Building off grid solar system.
Building an outdoor kitchen, Japanese post and beam .
The outdoor kitchen will cook vegetarian meals for the Zen Center and the homeless in Tucson.
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.
Building the Zendo.
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 via Malaysia, to help in building our Zen Center and to cook the center's vegetarian meals.
She has practiced Buddhism for 35 years.
Old Buddha Statue from Thailand
The sangha created an earthen mound for the large stone slab to be installed on top, to be used as the Buddha statue base.
Jason positions the base stone.
Jason moves the old Buddha that came from Thailand to it's new place at the entrance of Dharma Vista Zen Center.
Fine tune leveling by John and Jason.
John, Aundrea, Zengene, Molie, Jason, Lisa and the Buddha.
A hundred years ago, who would have looked at this Buddha and imagined it would cross the Pacific ocean to North America? Buddhism has encircled the world.
When you see the Buddha turn right to enter Dharma Vista Zen Center gate.