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 “The most powerful merit we can accumulate, and accumulate so easily, is in relation to holy objects of buddha. By making statues of buddhas and making offerings to statues of buddhas, we accumulate infinite, inconceivable merit that immediately becomes a cause of enlightenment”  – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

chenrezigAlmst every time Lama Zopa Rinpoche has visited Chenrezig Institute, he has suggested that we replace the Thousand-Arm Chenrezig statue currently at the centre of our main altar with a new, larger statue. “A Thousand Hands” is the name of the project to actualise this new Chenrezig statue.

IMG_1838In recent advice, Rinpoche said that the new statue “should be a large one.” Everything is subject to change, but our hope is to have a statue similar to, if not exactly like, the new Chenrezig statue recently built at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore, which is depicted in the photograph accompanying this article.

This exquisite statue, created by the English sculptors Denise and Peter Griffin, stands 3.8 metres tall and is made from a durable synthetic resin that will last a hundred years and beyond. (To see some inspiring videos on the creation of the statue, do a YouTube search for “A Thousand Hands.”)

As Lama Zopa Rinpoche says: “The most powerful merit we can accumulate, and accumulate so easily, is in relation to holy objects of buddha. By making statues of buddhas and making offerings to statues of buddhas, we accumulate infinite, inconceivable merit that immediately becomes a cause of enlightenment. Without doubt every single one becomes a cause of en-lightenment.”

If you would like to create powerful merit and help to accomplish Rinpoche’s wish for a new Chenrezig statue, please make your tax-deductible offering at CI Reception, specifying that it is for “A Thousand Hands” or alternative email finance@chenrezig.com.au