This summer has brought enormous progress on the Temple’s exterior. What was a checklist of items to accomplish in the Spring has come to realization, including: the Temple’s metal roofing, gutters and snow gems; the stucco; the stone wainscot; the cornice work of Tibetan motifs; the exterior red cedar trim; tiling on the 3rd floor veranda, and, by the Vajra Assembly next week, the first of the railings, this one on the third floor.
The Temple has transformed. “Each aspect of the Temple is another offering,” said a recent visitor, and his comment sums up the impact of these changes. Not only has the full elegance and grandeur of the design been realized, but an experience, too, has come to fruition: the balance and choice of all these elements focus the mind into an exquisite appreciation, a moment of awe.
Another recent visitor stopped at each turn of the circumambulation path to take in the nuances of the design. He commented that “every angle gives you something new to appreciate”.
That moment of appreciation provides an entryway into a bigger frame of mind, yet another pathway to that state of being which the Temple represents. So on many levels this summer and early fall have been a time of great accomplishment.
Below are some details of these changes. There is certainly more to go: more tiling, more railings, more cornice work and other ritual detail. But as the main body of work on the Temple’s exterior nears completion, there is so much in which to rejoice.