The Buddha Temple Adyar

Buddhist Temple situated in Adyar Theosophical Society Cocunut Groove near Banyan Tree. 

Buddhist Shrine Adyar

It was built in 1925 under the direction of Mr C. Jinarajadasa, and enshrines a gray sandstone image of the Lord Buddha from Eastern India.  This statue, given by Annie Besant, shows the Buddha as the Teacher of Dharma, turning the Wheel of the Law.  Around his head is an inscription in Tibetan characters: 'He taught the cause of all things as also the means of cessation'. 

Directly facing the temple is a lily tank and beyond it a magnificent Bodhi tree (ficus religiosa), grown from a sapling descended from the original tree under which the Lord Gautama attained Enlightenment.  Nearby stood an ancient Buddhist gong, which used to be struck in the old days at six o'clock morning and evening. 

Bodhidharma soul

Engraved Text:

Bodhidharma (6th Century) was the great Buddhist monk, the transfer of Zen to China. Bodhidharma  was the first patriarch of Zen. According to Chinese Buddhist tradition Bodhidharma was born as the third prince of Pallava dynasty in their capital of Kanchi in South India. On this image according to the legend after Bodhidharma died in China his soul walked back towards India barefoot and with a single shoe in hand.
This Memorial is erected by: Institute of South Indian Buddhist Studies and Jogetsu of Japan on 5th October, 2009.

In 2009 a Zen Memorial Stone was unveiled.  The Stone was generously donated by the Institute of South Indian Buddhist Studies and is of special significance because Bodhidharma, the great Buddhist monk who brought Zen to China in the 6th century, was born in Kanchi, South India.
The Buddhist Shrine area is a place of great peace, where visitors can sit quietly on the stone benches of the precincts in silent contemplation.


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