The Shrine Room
The Shrine room in the House is dominated by a golden statue of the Buddha with various offerings placed before it. This golden Buddha statue is a replica of the Buddhasihing in the National Museum in Bangkok. The statue was brought to England by the Ven. Phra Medhivarayarn (Manop Tikkhañano), who was a Dhammaduta Assistant at the Temple in 1987 (B.E. 2530). The second statue is a small golden Buddha cast in Bangkok in the First Sermon position of the Buddha which was presented to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom through the British Embassy in Bangkok by the Thai Buddhist in Thailand on an occasion of the Queen’s birthday. It was brought to the Buddhapadipa Temple by HRH Princess Alexandra on behalf of the Queen at the inauguration of the Uposatha Hall on Sunday 30th October 1982 (B.E.2525).
Another small Buddha statue is a replica of the Buddhachinarãj statue in Pissanulok Province in the North of Thailand. It was presented to the Temple by His Holiness Somdej Phra Buddhachan (Asabha Mahathera) of Wat Mahadhatu, Bangkok in 1964 (BE.2507). It was brought to the Buddhapadipa Temple by Ven. Phrarajasiddhimuni (Jodok Ñanasiddhi) of Wat Mahadhatu, Bangkok, who was invited to organize a Meditation retreat in England by the English Sangha Trust at their Meditation centre at Biddhulph in Cheshire during the Visakhapujã celebration on 25th May 1964 (B.E.2507)