October 2006 2549 Number 77
The Forest Sangha is a world-wide Buddhist community
in the Thai Forest tradition of Ajahn Chah
Perfecting Wisdom in a Work of Love
Ajahn Vimalo reports that he will have finished his sculpture of the Prajnaparamita (Sanskrit for the Perfection of Wisdom) by the end of the vassa. He has been working on the figure on and off for many years, including a long layoff during ten years of training as a bikkhu in Thailand and Sri Lanka. He says that he has often wondered if the end would ever come. The image is a replica of the famous 13th -century stone sculpture from Singosari, East Java, which Ajahn Vimalo began sculpting from scratch many years ago, before he entered the monastery. Now that the likeness is finished, he hopes to be able to have a mould made in order to cast reproductions. The first would be placed in the new Dhamma Hall at Cittaviveka.
She has been an exercise in patience.
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