Maitri Centre Progress Updates
Commencing in July 2020 and continuing through to early 2021, the construction of the first Maitri building in New Zealand took place. The building, which is a converted shipping container, lovingly hosts an Altar Room for worship & offerings along with a dedicated Office space from which New Zealand volunteers help to share the Maitri Light, in infinite gratitude for, and under direction of, Mahasambodhi Dharmasangha Guru.
The building itself has been designed to be portable, so that should the charity own land in the future, it will be able to be relocated. For now it generously rests on picturesque land owned by Sangha family, just outside a small rural town at the foot of the Southern Alps in the South Island.
Much research, planning and many long hours of work helped to create this deeply sacred space so we wish to thank all of the Maitri volunteers who have lovingly offered their time and services to help make this new Maitri building become a reality.
For now, the building is not yet physically open to the public however much important work is being done from inside both the Altar Room and Office. The hope is that one day the Maitri Foundation charity will own land, and that further facilities including accomodation will be built, enabling visitation for all Maitri devotees, Dharma lovers and truth-seekers.
The painted shipping container prior to delivery.
Internal wooden framing now complete.
Sprayfoam insulation is installed.
The wall linings start to go up.
Gerry's dad (Les) painting the altar room.
The vinyl flooring is laid.
Internal view of the newly arrived container on site.
Gerry installing glasswool batts for extra insulation.
Gerry's mum (Sandra) sanding the wall boards.
Marty checking out the progress.
The pre-flooring goes down.
Skirting boards, architraves & blinds are fitted and the Maitri altar is moved in ready for offerings.
At this stage a second project has not yet developed however it is expected that it may be the continuance of building portable buildings (for land in the future) or moving closer towards the step of purchasing land.
Whatever the case may be, donations for the next project(s) are now being lovingly accepted and this page will continue to be updated with more information as things unfold.
For those wishing to make a financial contribution to the Maitri Centre project in New Zealand, we lovingly invite you to use the donation form below: