Buddhist Temple

Friday 21 Dec 2007

Built and designed by residents and volunteers

Located just outside the town of Ulverston in the LakeDistrict the Kadampa Manjushri Buddhist Temple is both aholy place and an architectural beauty. The constructionof the Temple utilised limestone handpicked from localquarries so that the temple blends with the existingsurrounding buildings.

Designed and entirely built by residents and volunteers ittook almost three years to complete. The building followsthe principles of Buddhist traditional construction and hasthree tiers. The ground level of the temple is square witha doorway on each side, symbolizing the four doors toliberation. Installed above each doorway is a gold leafedDharma wheel sitting between a male and female deer.

The upper level, in contrast, is octagonal with windowsto allow maximum light into the building. The octagonallantern tower is built to accommodate a large Dharmawheel containing holy texts and at the highest point iscrowned with a golden vajra.

As the temple is situated alongside Conishead Priory, aGrade II* listed example of Victorian architecture, theselection of materials was of great importance. UGINOXAME, 316 grade Terne Coated stainless steel wasselected for its ability to provide a lightweight, durableroof covering with the ability to take on a matt greypatina similar to traditional lead sheet. In consideration ofthe localised marine environment the selection of 316grade stainless steel was essential.

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