About the project
With the increasing number of spiritual guidance seekers, IBF has felt the necessity of moving to a modest spacious place for the continuance of its benevolent services to the needy. With Buddhism emerging as a scientific discipline with no dogma, an expanded Buddhist temple could potentially become a spiritual home, for not just the seekers, but it will also enable the formation of a larger community that will engage in our activities, ensure the sustainability, and spread the path of the Dhamma. This Temple will become the platform that will help in the spiritual development of the seekers through regular meditation programs, gatherings, routine activities, with the blessings of the triple gem.
Task Force Team
In September 2019, a task force to acquire a building for the Temple was established with ten members from the devotees of the Temple. The project team, commonly known as “Building Fund Task Force” is headed by Venerable Welagedara Sumanajothi Thero, a resident monk of IBF. The current President of the IBF, Venerable Halyale Wimalarathana Thero acts as the Liaison Officer bridging the Task Force and the Committee of IBF while Most Venerable Walpola Kalyanatissa Thero advises the Project Team as the Spiritual Director of IBF to achieve this vision within five years.
Status of the project
By January 2021, the Project Team, despite the pandemic, has met many times (physically and on zoom) since its establishment to find ways and means of succeeding this Project.
The Project Team is confident that Corona pandemic shall not be a hindrance for our project where the funds are mainly relied upon public donations as IBF is not pursuing any commercial activities.
Therefore, as the life has to go on, the Project Team has mapped out the fundraising sources and drawn up its initial documentation in reaching out to the prospected donors.
As an in-house fundraising activity, the Project Team has launched in May 2019, amongst the team members, “One Franc per Day” theme. The expected funds per year is CHF 3600.
The Project Team envisages to go viral with this theme by introducing 5 persons by each member (10 x5 = 50) targeting of CHF 18,000 per year from this theme. The numbers of the participants can multiply in the coming years with a higher collection. The pledging by devotees range up to CHF 10,000 (or more)
The Project was officially launched in January 2021 by reaching out to the devotees.
As the preference is to build a Temple expecting that funds would be forthcoming, an architecturally designed building plan was drawn up to be presented with the Project Proposal.