Statue Filling Workshop in Alubuquerque

Statue Filling Workshop

Friday–Sunday, August 14–16, 2020
with Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Chokyan

Fill your heart with joy.

When you see Buddha statues on shrines or in temples, there is a lot you don’t see. Designed with a hollow interior, all Buddha statues should be filled in a qualified way before being placed on a shrine. It is said that filling statues create the causes to be filled with inner realizations of compassion and wisdom.

Come learn the ancient and sacred art of statue filling.

In this statue filling workshop, we will learn how to correctly prepare, clean, and seal statues, and how to prepare filling substances like mantra rolling. We will be focusing on small statues that are less than 12 inches tall. You are welcome to fill your personal statues during this workshop but it is not necessary in order to benefit.

"Just seeing an image of a Buddha places a potentiality on the mind that is a definite cause of enlightenment, and which nothing can destroy…" —Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Below is a downloadable PDF containing a complete list of materials needed to fill a Buddha statue on your own. Please see this as a guide and not that you need to gather all of these items in order to attend. For those who are able to join us in-person, some of the items will be available for you to use. For those tuning in from home, you may not have access to all of these items right away. This doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from this workshop. It will be very helpful to come to the workshop and learn the entire process. Later you can research materials and slowly acquire them.

This is a special opportunity to learn this precious lineage and be able to fill your shrine with qualified Buddha statues.

This event is taking place online and in-person. Pre-registration is required for both online and in-person attendance. In-person seating is limited to 14 people. You must attend entire course. The online video will remain posted for future viewing.

Workshop Schedule:
Friday 5-8:30pm
5–5:30pm Prayers and Introduction Talk
5:30–7pm Blessing the tools and cleaning
7:30pm Cutting the base plates and rims
8:30pm Dedication

Saturday 9am - 6:30pm
9–9:30am Individual work time
9:30–10:15am Prayers and Introduction Talk
10:15–10:30am Water testing and sealing
10:30–11:30am Work time
11:30–12pm Clean with saffron water
12–1pm Lunch
1pm Measuring the statue and cutting mantras
1:30–2pm Mantra rolling
2–3pm Individual work time
3–­3:15pm Wrapping mantra rolls and sacred items and heart packets
3:15–4:15pm Individual work time
6:15–6:30pm Dedication

Sunday 9:30am - 5pm
9:30-10:15am Prayers and Introduction Talk
10:15­–10:45am Filling demonstration
10:45­–12pm Individual work time
12-­1pm Lunch
1–1:15pm Blessing demonstration
1:15–3:30pm Individual work time
3:30–4pm Break
4:00–4:30pm Individual work time
4:30–5pm Concluding words and dedication

$30 online/$40 in-person

Upon registration, you will have access to the Facebook group page containing photos and videos that will help you prepare for this workshop.

>>Download the Statue Filling Workshop Materials List which contains materials needed for both small and large statues.

IN-PERSON class access:


• You must pre-register
• In-person seating is limited to 14
• Everyone is required to wear a mask

ONLINE class access:


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About the Teacher

Gen Kelsang ChokyanGen Kelsang Chokyan is an American Buddhist monk. He has been practicing meditation and modern Buddhism for 16 years and is a great example of how to practice Kadampa Buddhism in the modern world. His sincere teachings are presented with humor and warmth, showing us how to find peace and happiness in our everyday daily lives.


**This workshop is available IN-PERSON & ONLINE**

KMC New Mexico
142 Monroe Street NE
Albuquerque, NM

IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ We are offering this workshop both in-person and online. In-person is limited to 14 people. Online will be live video through private Facebook Groups. Both will have access to the Facebook group. A Facebook account is required and you will need to join in advance in order to participate. REGISTRATION INCLUDES: (1) payment through Eventbrite and (2) joining the event Facebook group. Your registration is not complete until you have done both. Click the REGISTER NOW button first to make your payment, then return to this page and click the REQUEST TO JOIN button to complete your registration.

Step 1: Payment

$30/full retreat online

$40/full retreat in-person

Step 2: Join Facebook Group

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