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In late April, Garrey Foulkes, arts manager of Chenrezig Institute, shared with Mandala an update about the Chenrezig Institute Art Studio and the new entrance gate that welcomes visitors to FPMT’s oldest Australian center:
“For several months now our new art studio has been established enough for us to start production. Lama Zopa Rinpoche proposed, some 15 years ago, that it would be good to have a facility where Dharma artists could produce holy objects and at the same time have a means of being able to have some financial support. Up to this point, almost all of the work we have been doing has been voluntary and has been spread around in different people’s homes. So at last, the Enlightenment Project for Purification and Merit and the Garden of Enlightenment are all under the one roof, which is so much more efficient.
“The large upper mezzanine level is for fine-art and among other things, caters for regular, well attended, thangka-painting workshops with our resident artist.
“Downstairs most of our work revolves around casting and assembling tsa-tsas, statues, stupas, prayer wheels and a range of other Dharma products. We hope to continue supplying local centers with items for their shops, expanding our range of products and continuing to offer holy objects to all of the regional centers and students, including those in Asia.
“I’m also happy to announce that after months of very heavy rain, we finally had an opportunity to erect our new entrance gate which has certainly helped create a feeling of ‘arrival’ for our many regular and, especially, new visitors.
“There is still a little more work to do with finishing the painting and some landscaping required, but it is great to have things up to this stage.”
Chenrezig Institute on Australia’s Sunshine Coast is an active and vibrant Dharma center, offering a robust selection of retreats, workshops and events. Check out their Facebook page for photos and announcements.
(Garrey Foulkes kindly offers to answer questions about stupa construction, please contact him directly: email@example.com)
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