Renovation Unveils New Look Thai Temple

Edinburgh’s distinctive Thai Temple is celebrating the completion of a serious renovation challenge – which included relocating a 500kg Buddha – with a message for folks to come-and-see and pattern the power.

The Dhammapadipa Temple – which was established in 2005 by the Thai group who had settled in Scotland, with the assist of UK’s authentic Thai Buddhist temple in London – has been reworked from its authentic three bedroomed residential property within the metropolis’s Craiglockhart/Slateford space.

Workers on the Temple labored extensively to boost funds and to safe the charitable assist of native merchants to finish the refurbishment – even taking the plans to a design company in Bangkok to make sure the completed design supplied a contemporary Thai type prayer room and services that remained sympathetic to its Edinburgh location.

Now, after the completion of the 4 months building programme, the Temple is eager to ask folks in to see the completed challenge – and particularly to take up their new low-cost meditation and yoga lessons.

Head monk Phramaha Prasert Prommala stated they’re so pleased with the outcomes which was achieved for a price range of simply £50,000.

He stated: “The standard of merchandise and finishes deserves a far increased price range, however we should give credit score to all our supplies suppliers and tradespeople who tirelessly labored to tight timescales and saved their prices down to attain this on price range. While we adopted the plans to the letter, strolling into our important corridor nonetheless feels particular. The suggestions from everybody who enters is phenomenal. 

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“We now have an open door coverage to all, no matter non secular beliefs or age and we need to invite anybody to return now and go to us.

“One huge benefit of the renovation is that we will now supply meditation lessons from our monks who’re certified meditation masters, yoga lessons, Buddhism talks, morning and night chanting.

“Whereas we outsource yoga educating instruction, we nonetheless run all our initiatives at not-for-profit foundation. This retains costs very low and the actions are as inclusive as potential to those that maybe might not afford non-public/commercially supplied lessons.

“That is all a few group wellbeing targeted strategy for everybody who want to steadiness and re-focus their thoughts and ideas by meditation, and to your thoughts and physique to really feel implausible after our yoga periods with the charismatic yoga knowledgeable instructor, Lisha Zhang.”

Beneath the refurbishment, the earlier frontage of two storage doorways at the moment are giant soundproof home windows with a contemporary cladding exterior which goals to be extra inviting to everybody to see inside and to become involved in the event that they want to. 
A large logistical train was additionally wanted to relocate the Temple’s huge 500kg Buddha into a brand new space, which is the power’s showpiece characteristic.

Head Monk Prommala added: “We  at all times knew there was potential to overtake the floorplans of the bottom ground to maximise the buildings potential to create a big, spacious and pure mild laden house for patrons to get pleasure from. We wished an area that was encouraging for the local people to return in, get pleasure from its peaceable and uplifting ambiance as we knew anybody would love spending time there.  

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“We agreed on a design that blended in materials and design kinds that had similarities and have been frequent in each conventional Edinburgh and Thai decor, similar to Georgian type block cornicing, wall panelling and confused wooden flooring in some locations. This was then supported with trendy lighting methods to provide temper impact and a peaceable ambiance.”

Through the COVID pandemic, the Temple acquired grants which allowed it to assist of its companies to the group and to help the renovation challenge. 

Whereas balancing the pressures and challenges of the renovation, the Temple elevated its outreach work to the group, together with meals financial institution initiatives, supporting remoted and weak individuals, those that had been the topic of race-hate abuse attributable to their South East Asian ethnicity in addition to simply having the ability to have interaction and produce social interplay and psychological well being assist in a protected method. It additionally partnered with native well being boards to help with the uptake of vaccinations, offering translation and transportation. 

Since restrictions have all lifted, the Temple have had native colleges are available in for meditation educating for pupils, Buddhism inputs, partnering up with Edinburgh College and it has an attention-grabbing challenge within the pipeline with the Nationwide Museum of Scotland about Buddhism for 2023. 

Info on the meditation and yoga lessons, plus all companies and the historical past of the Temple – which is usually open day-after-day from 9am to 7pm – might be seen on its web site at