Three Wheels’ Stupa of Namu-Amida-Butsu

In 2005 an English Zen monk, Venerable Zenko Croysdale, came to visit Rev. Sato at Three Wheels and spoke to him of his intention to leave Three Wheels a bequest in his will. Venerable Takehara, suggested that, based on this bequest, Three Wheels might try and construct a grave site, free of any discrimination, that is open to Buddhists of any tradition and for any friends of Three Wheels who might feel sufficiently comfortable with the Buddhist way of living.

Subsequently in the summer of 2007 the Three Wheels’ Stūpa of Namu-Amida-Butsu was installed at Brookwood with the help of Mr Masayuki Ogawa, a Japanese garden designer from Kyoto, and six other Dharma friends from Japan. The central granite monument, carved in Kyoto by Mr Kinzo Nishimura – the best stonemason in Japan, bears the nembutsu “Namu-Amida-Butsu” in calligraphy inscribed by Venerable Chimyo Takehara and modelled on Shinran Shonin’s own writing.