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Cemetery, Woking, Surrey.Sunday
7 October 2007.
Stupa project originated in a bequest by Reverend Zenko, a Zen
Priest who died on 19 February 2007. The Venerable Chimyo Takehara,
Head Priest of Shogyoji Temple in Japan (Reverend Sato's Master)
decided that the best way to use the bequest was to build a Stupa;
an idea that Reverend
Zenko warmly welcomed and endorsed before
is located in plot 36 and is close to the graves of four Japanese
students who died in London about 140 years ago. For the Three
Wheels Samgha this site represents an enduring symbol of Anglo-Japanese
here for the Three Wheels website
page detailing the relationship between UniversityColledge,
London (UCL) and themselves.You can also download a PDF copy of
Wheels News, which includes a fuller account of the
under the supervision of Masayuki Ogawa, the Stupa is designed
to contain the ashes of departed Buddhists.
the summer of that year, Mr Masayuki Ogawa, a Japanese garden
designer from Kyoto, and six other Dharma friends flew to London
to start work on the site. The central granite monument was carved
in Kyoto by Mr Kinzo Nishimura, the best stonemason in Japan.
The beautiful calligraphy inscribed on the granite was executed
by the Venerable Chimyo Takehara, modelled on Shinran Shonin's
own writing of Namu-Amdia-butsu.
the Stupa is a rectangular space surrounded by panels of grey
granite where the ashes of the deceased can be placed. The names
of the deceased will be set down on a traditional Japanese scroll
by means of the ancient craft of kirikane.
then moved on to the graves of the four Japanese students (now
within the Serbian Cemetery) and went on to visit the grave of
Professor Alexander Williamson (1824-1904) of University College
London who did so much to promote the wellbeing and welfare of