Nagaloka, A Major Center of the Buddhist Revival in India

The fifteen-acre campus, designed by Christopher Charles Benninger, includes seven 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

The first building on the campus, the hall has been the dynamic  centre of Dhamma activities and conferences since it was opened in 1998. The Buddha statue was designed after the special image of Maitreya in the Ajanta caves, and so has a special connection with Buddhist history in Maharashtra .

Sambodhi Parayan Shala
Although small, this meditation space is a master piece of design. Cleverly cut off from the outside world, it consists of a semi open space, with shrubs around the inner walls, bringing living nature into the meditation hall.

Paramita and Upaya
These are used for workshops and conferences, between them accommodating 120 people, as well as including halls for meetings. 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 the teaching staff.

Grudrakuta and Bodhichitta Residences
Grudrakuta, the women’s residence and guest house, accommodates 80 women. The two parts of Bodhichitta, the men’s residences, accommodates 120 people.

Adhisthana and 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 centre of Nagaloka is a magnificent and beautiful, 36 foot high brass image of the Buddha, which was inaugurated in 2009.  It was created by the famous sculptor from Taiwan, Master Wen Kwei Chan. The Buddha is walking out to people in the world with his hand raised in Abhaya Mudra, giving confidence to all he meets. His eyes are open, compassionately.   The Buddha is usually seen sitting, but in fact for eight months of the year he was walking the roads of North India, going out to people. The Walking Buddha is a reminder of this. We wanted an image of the Buddha walking, as that was how Dr. Ambedkar liked to see him.

Dr. Ambedkar Statue
The bronze statue shows Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar as he was at the time of the conversion, but with his book, “The Buddha and the Dhamma” in his hand. Although old, he is walking with great serenity, and at the same time with great purpose and determination.  Kindness and wisdom are clear in his face, reminding visitors of the vision of this man who was the greatest social reformer in Indian history, crowning his extraordinary life by brining Buddhism back to India as a living faith.

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