The enshrinement of the largest Samadhi Buddha Statue in North America took place amidst a large gathering on a sunny afternoon in New Jersey recently with the ceremony conducted according to the ancient traditions associated with the sculpting of a Buddha statue.
The ceremony, named "Garbha Nidhanaya", included the depositing of various items of religious significance, such as thin copper plates engraved with Buddhist scripture of the Sutras and even items like gold, into a special reinforced compartment inside the chest area of the Buddha statue that was sealed at the end of the ceremony in the presence of the devotees.
The next phase of the sculpting is progressing rapidly, with plans for the completion and opening of the statue in mid-September 2009. Once completed, the Samadhi Buddha Statue will be a focal point of peace and serenity for all who would visit the site in the United States.
Plans are also underway to build a new shrine room and a temple in the premises, and future plans include the construction of a meditation centre on the serene land of almost ten acres in New Jersey. Once completed, the temple and meditation centre will undoubtedly be a great resource for Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike who are interested in meditation.