I remember the first time Tai came into our warehouse. I was instantly drawn to him and his bright youthful smile. He was dressed in his mustard-colored monk’s robes with a brown shawl. He radiated bliss and happiness. He walked around the warehouse like he had been there a thousand times before, laughing as my dog, Oso, came up to greet him with a sniff, and taking pictures with my employee, Mark. He was looking for a Buddha statue for the main shrine of his new Temple in Valley Center, Dharma Mountain and Forest Meditation Temple (Thiền Viện Pháp Thuận). He was the happiest person I had ever met.
Since that first meeting, Tai has become a regular here at Lotus Sculpture. Over the years we have made several deliveries of temple sculptures to Dharma Mountain including a large 7 foot meditating Buddha sculpture that is nestled under a tree in their large open front yard. More recently, we delivered a large incense urn to be placed in front of the Buddha. It has been a pleasure visiting Tai over the years and watching the temple grow.
I have a deep sense of peace and contentment whenever I am in the open spaces of the temple with Tai. Oso is always welcome to join me. He runs freely on the grounds and has even jumped into the temple pond for a quick swim.
I always comment on the lifelong relationships I have developed with my artisans. The relationships that have blossomed between my customers and I have been just as valuable and have brought Tai’s blissful disposition into my life. For that, I am forever grateful.
~Kyle Tortora, Founder, Lotus Sculpture
Our huge 50″ Buddha Head Fountain is one of our best-selling items. This fountain weighs a whopping 650lbs (head+basin). That said, the Buddha Fountain installation process takes time, careful preparation, patience, and in this case, a good friend.
Buddha made the long journey from Oceanside, California to the beautiful community of Niagra-on-the-Lake in Ontario, Canada.
When it came time for the Buddha Fountain installation, our customer, Greg, called his local fountain retailer who informed him that the Buddha was too heavy and too wide for them to move it. He then contacted a landscaping company that would not have been available to come out for another two weeks… That’s when Greg and his *neighbor of the year* Paul decided to install the Buddha themselves with just a couple of dollies, a crowbar, and a hammer.
Enjoy their journey…
The Buddha Fountain Arrives!
Along comes Greg’s neighbor Paul to check in on the progress. Little does he know he is about to save the day.
Moved and assembled in less than an hour!
Cost: 2 bottles of Mineral Water!
There’s more where that came from…
Over the course of just two weeks, we were able to raise nearly $60,000 and feed 4,180 families in some of the hardest-hit communities in South India. The success of this project has greatly inspired me. I am now in the process of brainstorming more ways we can help the many struggling families in India. Keep an eye on our Community Service page where I will be sharing my ideas and the progress of our future efforts.
Thank you kindly,
Kyle Tortora, Founder, Lotus Sculpture
Last week, our local news station, KPBS San Diego highlighted our South India COVID Relief efforts
Read the full story on KPBS.org HERE>>>
These are the people which your donations have helped feed through this trying time.
On Friday, June 4th we have wired an additional $21,416 to India bringing our total donation up to $42,513.
“I have seen many of the people we give rice to immediately start to boil water to cook the rice. They are that hungry.”
We have distributed 25,000 25kg bags of rice so far to only the neediest people in rural villages. Next week we are looking to distribute another 25,000 bags of rice.
The lockdown in India is crippling the poorest of the poor leaving many of them hungry. Here is your chance to directly impact the life of someone who needs your help.
Here are some images of the relief you have helped to bring to those most in need.
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