The Buddhists in the United States have come forward to convey Buddha's message. Buddhist objects of worship can be divided into three categories, i.e. "Saririka", (physical remains), "Paribhogika" (objects of use and association) and "Uddesika" (significant symbols including anionic and iconic depictions of Buddha.
The main object of worship found in a shrine room is the Buddha statue created in three postures--"Samadhi" sedentary meditating position; "Hiti" or standing position and "Sathapena" or sleeping, reposting or reclining position.
Today in every Buddhist temple there is a Buddha statue. Devotees worship and observer religious rites before them. They enjoy the "Buddhalambana Preethiya" the pleasure connected with Buddha by meditating on Him. Seated in front of a Buddha statue and looking at it with devotion they meditate on the virtues of the Buddha. Buddha's virtuous and benevolent qualities and loving kindness are depicted in these statues.
Buddha believed that peace could be achieved only on the foundation of love, compassion, tolerance, co-existence and non-violence. Peace and non-violence are the only sane choices in a violent world. Buddhism offers practical methods to deal with a violent world and to develop lasting peace.
Buddha's statue is a replica of the Buddha that represents his image to the modern world. The proposed Buddha's Samadhi Statue at the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara will be a historical Statue and convey the Buddha's message to the peace loving nation. The statue will be the tallest and largest Buddha statue in this nation.
Since the completion of the Samadhi Buddhist Stature, the New Jersey Buddhist Vihara has become the center of Buddhism in the United States. The beauty of the statue is beyond words and brings great joy and inspiration to us all. Buddhists and non Buddhists increasingly visit the temple and their interest and willingness to understand Buddhism is overwhelming.
For people who undergo stress in all stages of their lives-- be it acute, episodic or chronic - the NJBV will be a healing center. Some of our stress management programs will be aimed at curbing emotional distress: a combination of anger, irritability, depression and anxiety, constant worry, poverty, egotism, dysfunctional family life, unhappy relationships and childhood trauma.
Unfortunately for our visitors, there is no place to practice meditation or to learn Dharma. The existing building is currently used as a residence for the Buddhists Monks and is inadequate for the purposes of meditation
Based on this need, the construction of a meditation center has been proposed. The proposed building, designed by architects, would not only be a place to meditate but would serve as a learning facility as well.
Once completed, New Jersey Buddhist Vihara will become an international religious learning center for Buddhism and Buddhist philosophy. Having a meditation center in the heart of New Jersey is unique. It's location is a short distance from New York City which will undoubtedly lead more inquisitive travelers to visit.
The children will be the luckiest ones, as they can benefit from the center for many years to come. Introducing meditation to them in their early years will help them become more insightful and intellectual. They will have greater ability to overcome challenges as they grow.
Finally, the center will become an educational institute for Buddhist Monks to expand their knowledge while teaching Dharma. Buddha’s principals can have an enormous effect in modern society and Buddhist Monks are a great source of knowledge among intellectuals for such teaching.
This project cannot be completed without your help and support. It is not so large that it cannot be done. It needs only your simple contribution. We started the Samadhi Buddhist Statute the same way and we achieved great karma because of it. This meditation center will complete the work we started few years ago.
New Jersey Buddhist Vihara is an approved charity, a 501 (C) 3 organization all donations are tax deductible.
We have given below information on how to make your donation to this project
New Jersey Buddhist Vihara Meditation Center development Committee
Ven Bhanthe Hungampola Sirirathana Nayaka Thero
Chief Incumbent of New Jersey Buddhist Vihara and Meditation Center