The new basic lay-out for the Maitreya Statue has now been decided and approved by Spiritual Director, Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. Marginal changes will be made over time as the plans are further refined. The lay-out of the park is under development.
Completion of Reception and Office buildings
Completed proposals received from Feng Shui Master Joey Yap, which will serve as the basis for the further master planning of the site.
Completion of surveying and marking of the external boundaries
The external borders of the site were established and marked in May 2018, a process which was commenced in the fall of 2016.
Visit of Feng Shui Team of world-renowned feng shui Master Joey Yap
As an important first step to plan the 170+ acre site of Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar, Maitreya Project’s Spiritual Director Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche requested world-renowned Feng Shui Master Joey Yap to determine the feng shui for the project. Master Yap is the author of 162 books on feng shui and has been involved with many major developments all around the globe. A number of these projects are commissioned by Fortune 500 companies.
Master Yap kindly offered the services of himself and his team entirely free of charge, and even bore the travel expenses of his team from Malaysia to the site in Kushingar.
A 3-member team from Master Yap’s company arrived in Kushinagar on April 20th to start with the preliminary investigations. They worked with a team of Indian experts in drone services to do the required aerial videography. For the purpose of the feng shui, the site was too large to document from the ground, and it had to be done by drone. To orientate themselves further, the team drove around the periphery of the site and physically walked the land, on April 21st.
Master Joey Yap’s Feng Shui Team consisting of Jack Yim, Dawson Wong and Steven Lim along with ABC Director Tan Hup Cheng walking the Maitreya Project land. On the basis of the work done by his team, Master Yap will provide recommendations for the placement of the statue and the lay-out of the site.
We would like to thank Master Yap and his 3-member team for their incredible support. Amitabha Buddhist Centre Director Tan Hup Cheng coordinated the visit of the team and travelled along with them to Kushinagar.
16 March 2018
Plenary meeting between MPT, District Authorities and local media.
On March 16th, 2018, a team of Maitreya Project Trust led by Executive Director Virginia Roche addressed a large gathering in the Kushinagar District headquarters under the chairmanship of District Magistrate, Shri Andra Vamsi, IAS. All important officers of the District as well as members of the media were in attendance. Maitreya Project Trust was supported by project partners Yes Bank, which sent a team of 5 officers of their Government Advisory Section to participate in the meetings. During the meeting an Updated Project Report was tabled and members of the gathering and media were able to pose questions to project executives.
Presentation of the Updated Project Report to State and Local Authorities
Copies of the Updated Project Report were presented to concerned authorities in Lucknow and Kushinagar. Here are some of the salient points.
Appointment of Stup Consultants
Maitreya Project Trust appointed Stup Consultants as its lead architect. Stup Consulants is an international firm with over 1200 professionals in more than 20 offices and global project locations. Moreover, Stup Consultants has extensive expertise and familiarity in the construction of bronze statues.
Invitation to His Holiness the Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar since its inception. On behalf of Maitreya Project Trust, Chairman Ven. Kabir Saxena issued an invitation to His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit, bless and teach on the land. We hope to be able to receive His Holiness on the land as soon as convenient.
Collaboration and strategic partnership with Yes Bank
In October 2016, discussions were initiated between Maitreya Project Trust and Yes Bank in which the areas of potential collaboration were discussed :
- Marketing and Promotion
- Technical Partnership
- CSR Interventions