It’s finally happening! After years of planning, the Buddha Hall renovation project is well and truly underway. A large piece of the demolition is complete, with a few surprises along the way. Seeing the fireplace inside the south wall, the large window behind the main altar and the gaslight fixture in the ceiling of the Dokusan Room, painted a picture of the stately home that was once 33 High Park Gardens.
As with any renovation, some things we uncovered have led to extra work and costs. For instance, the removal of the west chimney has been challenging. The crew is working from a sturdy scaffolding, with special netting and a chute constructed along the fire escape stairs to ensure the safe removal of debris. But this extra attention and careful inspection of the roof indicated the reason for and solution to a pesky leak in the women’s change room.
Soon the existing Kannon Room will be dismantled, but the compassionate heart of Kannon is clearly manifested in the mindful attentiveness of the construction crew, and in the unfailingly generous support of Sangha and friends.
Coming soon – another round of the Prajna Paramita Project – stay tuned!
The Board of Directors
A member of the Centre filmed our Groundbreaking Ceremony and has shared it with us! Please watch below.
This project can only happen through the support of our Sangha and friends. If you wish to donate to this project, we would be most grateful.