Building a New Dharma Hall
July 20, 2012 by Chong Go Sunim
For the last several years, my Dharma brothers have been working on building a new Dharma Hall. I’m quite proud of them both because they’ve been doing such an incredible job, and because they’ve been waiting untill they have all of the money necessary before starting each phase. (No borrowing money!) It’s taken seven or eight years now, (I can’t remember), but the work is nearing completion. They’re just finishing the painting and artwork, and the next step will be installing the flooring and then the Buddha statue. Here are some photos I took yesterday; click on the images to see a larger version.
Here’s the Dharma Hall
Here you can see part of the carved wooden panel that will stand behind the Buddha statue
The interior scaffoding goes up the ceiling, and provides a rare opportunity to examine the artwork on the ceiling and the supporting beams
Every single aspect of the artwork has great meaning. Here the colored bands represent waves of energy radiating outward into the world, from our fundamental Buddha essence. (perhaps you noticed the golden bat? Traditionally bats are regarded as Dharma protectors in Korean Buddhism. Hmm, so when I was reading all the comic books, I was actually studying the Dharma!)
Did I mention that this was a bit high off the ground?!
Details of the ceiling artwork
The ceiling panels