Nagaloka, A Major Center of the Buddhist Revival in India

The fifteen-acre campus, designed by Christopher Charles Benninger Architects, includes four residential halls, a classroom and library building, kitchen facilities, two meditation halls and administrative offices. The architecture of the buildings is based on the design of the Buddhist meeting halls that were found in India two thousand years ago.

Buddha Surya Vihar Hall

This was the first building on the campus. The unique Buddha statue was designed after the special image of Maitreya in the Ajanta caves.

Sambodhi Parayan Shala

This is a small meditation space designed to include and enhance the plants and the trees that are part of the campus.

Paramita

This building is used for workshops and conferences. It houses 60 people.

Upaya

This building is used for workshops and conferences. It can accommodate 60 people. Upaya was featured on the cover page of the centenary edition of the journal of the Indian Institute of Architecture, titled ‘The Architecture of Happiness’.

Nagarjuna Training Institute Building

This houses a library, classrooms, a computer room, and offices for teaching staff.

Grudrakuta & Bodhichitta Residences

Grudrakuta, the women’s residence and guest house, accommodates 80 women. Bodhichitta, the men’s residence, accommodates 120 people.

Adhisthana & Shakyakula Guesthouses

These are used as guest houses and accommodation for small retreats.

Administrative Building

This houses offices for administration as well as a bookstore.

The Walking Buddha

At the center of Nagaloka is a 36 foot image of the Buddha, which was inaugurated in 2009.  The image was created by a famous sculptor from Taiwan, Hon. Wen Khwey.

The Buddha is shown walking in the world with his hand raised in Abhaya Mudra, removing worst fears of humanity and assuring them confidence. His eyes are open and he is looking compassionately at the world.   The Walking Buddha image has special meaning for Indian Buddhists, since this was Dr. Ambedkar’s favourite representation of the Buddha as someone who was actively engaged in the reform of both individuals and society.

Dr. Ambedkar Statue

The wonderful bronze statue of Dr. Ambedkar has been visited by hundreds of thousands of people during the last fifteen years.  The image shows Babasaheb Ambedkar walking with great purpose and determination.  His kindness and wisdom are clear in his face, reminding visitors of the extraordinary life and vision of this man who brought Buddhism back to India and was the greatest social reformer in India in the twentieth century.

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