Padmasambhava Statue for Peace - New Project at Nalanda

To fulfil the wish of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, we are now working on fundraising for the new 1.82 meters Padmasambhava statue, which will be installed on our property - on the small pond, just after the entrance to Nalanda. This bronze statue will be custom-made and fully gilded in 24-carats gold by artist in Patan, Nepal. You can see the example of the statue in the photo below, which is a smaller size than we are asking for. The statue design and artist were checked and confirmed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Donate now.

Graphic Simulation of Future Statue on Nalanda's Lake

The Story of Padmasambhava Statue at Nalanda

Back in 2011 Lama Zopa Rinpoche suggested that it would be good to have a Padmasambhava statue on our lake. For long time our focus was on other projects and the statue did not happen. However, in September 2020, when three Nalanda monks visited Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery during the lockdown in Nepal, the statue came up again.

Rinpoche advised to get the same Guru Rinpoche statue as the FPMT center at Kangaroo Island (Australia) has, made by the same artist. Unfortunately, this artist was retired in the meantime and could not accept the job, so we found the cousin of Nalanda artist Sonam, called Yangba Sherpa.

Also Rinpoche changed the advice in getting a sitting Guru Rinpoche statue, life size. Rinpoche also added the following instruction: 'Please make the best quality as possible - the life tree made very well, and the mantra's, etc.. For the different mantras for the life tree, if not enough room can be done on paper and applied to the life tree... all real gold mantras'.

The statue will be very visible to everyone who visits Nalanda, everyone who walks or drives up to the main buildings will pass the statue in the lake!

We are very grateful for Yangba Sherpa for his kindness to make the statue. As his cousin Sonam lives for more than 10 years at Nalanda, he intends to make the statue for a good price, without personal profit and the best quality.

Creating the Cause for Peace with Padmasambhava Project

Padmasambhava statue at De Tong Ling Retreat Centre Kangaroo Island

The Padmasambhava Project for Peace is dedicated to fulfilling Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s goal of building many large statues of Padmasambhava around the world in order to create the cause for peace for all beings. To date, 27 statues have been built.

The statues sponsored by this project are built with utmost precision and care. They not only bless the environment with Padmasambhava’s powerful image, but they also contribute to the local economy where they are built and preserve ancient artisan techniques.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has expressed, time and again, the unimaginable power of holy objects to purify negative karma and create extensive merit for all who come in contact with them. About Guru Rinpoche statues, Rinpoche has said, “Building Guru Rinpoche statues will bring immeasurable benefit, peace, happiness, and freedom to the world. They will have immeasurable impact.”

Who is Padmasambhava?

6.5 ft Padmasambhava statue at Osel Ling, SpainPadmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is perhaps the most universally cherished realized being in all of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava came to Tibet from India in the 8th century and helped establish a pure lineage which is still practiced today by all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism around the world.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche lauds Padmasambhava’s contribution to humanity: “Due to Padmasambhava’s great compassion, Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism flourished in Tibet and now has spread throughout the entire world. Because of that, so many people have experienced the path to enlightenment and achieved enlightenment. Due to his great compassion, the lives of infinite number of sentient beings have become meaningful.”

There is a long tradition of building Padamasambhava statues in Tibet. Padmasambhava himself said:

Listen, beautiful one having the form of a goddess,
For those sentient beings who have not met me,
Statues of me in the future
Will become the light eliminating the darkness of ignorance.
Whoever builds such statues of me,
Which become objects of offering and so forth,
All their future lives will become meaningful
And they will establish the banner of the teachings.

Padmasambhava Statue Cost Break-down:

  • Estimated costs of the statue only:                     32,000 Euros
  • Shipping                                                                2000 Euros
  • Tax                                                                        1000 Euros
  • Statue filling                                                         4000 Euros
  • Platform on the lake                                           1000 Euros
  • Protection (roof)                                                   5000 Euros
  • Total:                                                                 45,000 Euros


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'My wish is for FPMT to build many holy objects everywhere, as many as possible. Making it so easy for sentient beings to purify their heavy negative karma and making it so easy for sentient beings to create extensive merit. Which makes it so easy to achieve the realizations of the path and so easy to achieve liberation and enlightenment'. —Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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