Friday, 6 July 2007

Buddhism and tennis.

The All England Tennis Championship held in Wimbledon is coming to an end for another year. Throughout the world Wimbledon is synonymous with tennis. If you rented a six bedroom house in Calonne Road, Wimbledon, for the two weeks of the tournament it could cost you £25,000. Yes $25,000 per week.

For the rest of the year Calonne Road is an upmarket London suburban road. It is the fourth most expensive road in Wimbledon, with an average house purchase price of £2 million. Look down the road and it doesn’t look very special - apart that is for the luxury houses. Look through the gateway of number 14 and you see a large brown bricked house. But unlike the other houses the gate to the property is open, enter the grounds turn right and be prepared to be surprised.

The house and its grounds were bought by the Thai Embassy in 1975. Construction soon commenced on a Buddhist temple in its grounds. On 30 October 1982, the ceremony required to “consecrate” the temple was performed. Watt Buddhapadipa temple became a formal temple according to the Thai (Theravada) Buddhist tradition.

The slide show (click “view show” to view the photos), does not show the jewel in the crown. In 1984 a group of young Thai artists volunteered to paint murals depicting the life of the Buddha. At the peak, 14 artists worked on the murals. The paintings were completed in time to be inaugurated on 20th December 1987.

If you visit London - Watt Buddhapadipa is a must place to see.

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B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

How'd you get planning permission for that?

YesBut said...

Hi b.t

Fortunately the local Council had the courage to give it, and are now very happy that they did. The thing is it cannot be seen from the road.