Jangchub Choeling Monastery
|Fig 3. Shrine Hall of Jangchub Choeling Monastery|
The architecture of the shrine hall follows the traditional Tibetan design, although it is entirely constructed with modern building materials. Inside the main hall there is a 7-foot copper and gold plated statue of Buddha.
On the far back wall, on either side of the Buddha sits 1000 small Buddha figures representing the 1000 Buddhas believed to exist in this 'Fortunate Era'. The wall paintings, painted by the Tibetan artist Mr. Dhawa, portray the life of Buddha from birth to Nirvana, or Great Enlightenment. On the walls to the right and left of the entranceway, are images of the six Ornaments and the two Supreme Ones who beautified Buddha's teachings and made them accessible to all through their commentaries. On the walls facing the Buddha figures lies the portraits of the 16 Arhats who upheld Buddha's teachings after he passed away.
The second floor of the shrine hall is reserved as the residence and meeting place of the Chief Abbot Shangpa Rinpoche. The third story is home to a chapel for the Lineage Masters. Clay figures and images of the Lineage Masters of the Kagyudpa Traditions decorate the inside of the chapel. The chapel also holds 102 volumes of the Kangyur (Buddha's word) and 215 volumes of the Tengyur (commentary by the Indian Buddhist Masters).
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