(Photo: Architect Lama Chokyi with the Shinto design.)
(Photo: One of the four wooden pillars.)
A new design is planned for the main gate of the Mahabodhi Stupa. For years, the Kagyu Monlam Chenmo used a simple bamboo gate with auspicious symbols and banners, but this year, His Holiness chose the elegance and simplicity of the Japanese Shinto gate design. Thus far, only one of the four wooden pillars is nearly constructed.
Lama Chokyi Gyatso, previously an architectural engineer from Taiwan and who currently resides in Bokar Ngedon Choekorling Monastery in Mirik, designed the gate for approval by His Holiness. Speaking in fluent Tibetan, Lama Chokyi is sought after as much for his engineering skills as for his humble presence.