Benefits of Sponsoring Statues
Simply beholding the Buddha’s image for a moment brings peace to our mind and awakens the cause for our spiritual potential, our buddha nature, to shine forth. Each statue will be filled with precious relics and consecrated as the Buddha’s physical manifestation, illuminating darkness and benefiting sentient beings in difficult times. By providing the opportunity for countless beings to forge a genuine spiritual connection, the merit of sponsoring a Buddha statue is inexhaustible.
Donate by mail or fax using this donation form. Mail your donation and completed form to:
KTC Monastery, Attn Office, 245 Sheafe Road, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.
Checks should be made out to “KTC,” with “Capital Campaign” on the memo line.
A statue of the Future Buddha Maitreya, standing thirty-two feet tall, graces the main hall of the Maitreya Center and provides a spiritual link to the Maitreya statues at Palpung Sherab Ling Monastery in India (pictured left) and at Palpung Monastery in Tibet.
You may donate any amount to sponsor the Maitreya statue. If you donate $1,500 or more, you will be honored with a plaque, with a name of your choice, in the Maitreya Center.
One-thousand Buddha statues, representing the one-thousand Buddhas of our fortunate eon, grace the Maitreya Hall in shrine cabinets next to the central statue of Maitreya. A $1,500 donation will sponsor one of these statues. A name of your choice will be displayed on a plaque in the Maitreya Center.
The Mahayana shrine hall is on the main level of the Maitreya Center, adjoining the Maitreya hall. It includes the Amitabha Buddha Shrine, the Medicine Buddha Shrine, and the Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha Shrine. Each shrine represents an aspect of the Mahayana path. Amitabha Buddha, whose name means Limitless Light, vowed that he would not achieve enlightenment unless those who recite his name could be reborn in his pure land known as Ultimate Bliss. The Medicine Buddha made twelve great aspirations, such as to heal the ill, help the destitute, and free the oppressed from suffering. His pure land is known as Lapis Lazuli Light. Bodhisattva Ksitigarbha vowed not to enter nirvana until all the hell realms were emptied. Ksitigarbha holds a medicant staff and brilliant wish-fulfilling jewel to guide beings out of suffering. He also vowed to teach beings between the death of Buddha Shakyamuni and the appearance of the future buddha Maitreya.
For sponsors of $1,500 or more, you will be honored with a plaque in your name in this hall, or you may submit the name of a friend or loved one for the plaque.
On the upper level of the Maitreya Center will be a shrine dedicated to the Bodhisattva Tara, a female deity who embodies the wisdom of all the Buddhas. Tara vowed to achievement enlightenment as a female. Prayers to her are recited every morning at Tibetan monasteries. She manifests in twenty-one principal forms to alleviate obstacles of sentient beings.
These statues include a central Green Tara statue and twenty smaller statues. You may donate any amount to sponsor the cost. A donation of $3,000 will fully sponsor one of the 21 statues and you will be honored with a plaque. Read more about the Tara Shrine Room.