Buddha, Home Sweet Home
The shiny brass Buddha that now occupies a prominent stone pedestal in the back yard of the Nevada City Insight Center was a generous gift from our Founding Teacher John Travis. John acquired the statue from a foundry in Thailand in the spring of 2016. The Buddha statue was packed in a sturdy wooden crate before its three-month ocean voyage to L.A. Then it waited to clear customs before docking in San Francisco and continuing by truck before arriving safely in Mountain Stream’s (I added apostrophe for Mt. Stream’s) parking lot…phew!
The next task was to move the 500lb statue to its final destination…across a large grassy yard to his/her resting place on east side of the awesome labyrinth. It took an engineer to figure all that out! Rick and Ann Dondro managed the feat by rolling the Buddha on a series of logs, and then orchestrating the last part of Buddhas’ journey by slowly and ever so carefully using pullies and wood to inch Buddha into place. What an extraordinary process to witness!
After Amatabhi Buddha had finally arrived and settled him/herself here in Nevada City, the next phase was to build a him/her a temple that reflects the honor, respect and love due to a such a being as a Buddha. In the fall of 2017 a local dharma practitioner and patron of Mountain Stream, Charlotte Xu Dewar, said “I felt we needed a structure to protect the Buddha in this beautiful garden just like we are nurturing our own Buddhahood within.” Charlotte hired her friend and contractor David Montignago to design and build the Buddha’s Temple. Within a few short weeks and with the help of willing and able volunteers (Rick Dondro, Tosho Henninger & Gabrielle Boulard) David finished this unique Craftsman-esque structure: our Buddha Temple!
There is one last finishing touch to be done. John gave Mountain Stream another artist treasure that he purchased in Nepal many years ago, a copper stupa, which will be installed on top of the Buddha’s Temple roof this Fall. That is the crowning jewel to complete the temple project.
Our thanks to the many hands which helped and have welcomed Buddha along this journey.
May all beings benefit from the Buddha’s wisdom and compassion.