Lokeshvara writes from Padmaloka, Triratna’s long-established men’s retreat centre in Norfolk UK, with news of - the arrival of their Buddha! This is part of their long-running project to populate every part of the shrineroom with images of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, mostly if not entirely painted and sculpted by Aloka. He says -
Sanghanistha writes from Padmaloka, Triratna’s retreat centre in Norfolk and home of the European men’s ordination training process. They’re planning a one-year intensive - a course of retreats and other events open to men who’ve asked for ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order. He says -
As Buddhism establishes itself in the west it will develop it’s own form of iconography just as has happened throughout Buddhist Asia. Padmaloka has a special relationship with Aloka, a Buddhist artist who used to live in the Padmaloka community. Aloka thinks this development of a western Buddhist art will probably take 200 years or more. He is one of the people who is starting this process, drawing on more than 30 years experience as a Buddhist and an artist to produce images that can inspire, challenge and transform us.