The Gyuto monks have returned to finish painting and sculpting the exterior decorations of the World Peace Stupa at Crystal Castle now that the major construction is complete.
The final stage will also involve installing gifts and a Kalachakra statue, which will be preserved behind perspex.
Tashi Gyatso has been in the country for 14 months and has made many visits to the site to work on the stupa.
He says that he learned his skills from several masters in India and the basic foundation is learning to do mandalas.
Tashi and three other monks are hand-sculpting the concrete with simple hand tools and visitors are able to watch the work in progress.
The monks will spend the next few weeks on site as the stupa is expected to be completed in the next month or so.
There will be several ceremonies over that time as part of the creation process.
The final stage of the creation of the stupa will be the consecration and dedication ceremonies at the end of October.
This Sunday from 11.30am, the Gyuto monks will be offering a long-life ‘Tsewang’ ceremony on site to help the stupa last for 1000 years bringing peace to the Byron Shire.
Entry is free until 11.30 and everyone attending is invited to dress in their finest clothes.
For more information visit the Crystal Castle website: www.crystalcastle.com.au.