Well the weather hasn’t been fantastic recently but I managed to spend half an hour at the Buddhist Peace Pagoda at Willen Lake in Milton Keynes last weekend. It was pretty cold so no one was hanging around for long but my ears have experienced colder bites so some decent shots were captured.
If you’ve never been to Willen Lake it is undoubtedly one of the prettier areas of Milton Keynes, away from the rest of the concrete jungle. The lake is split in 2 – the South lake used for watersports, the North lake being more tranquil and home to the Buddhist Temple and Peace Pagoda, as well as a lot of wildlife.
Fancy some history? Yeah you do, it might help in a pub quiz if nothing else..
The Peace Pagoda was built in 1979/1980 by Matsuura Yoshijke, taking over a year to complete. It’s made mostly of concrete, as is most of the Buckinghamshire town, and is home to a gold painted statue of Buddha. If you approach the pagoda from the lakeside or from the Buddist Temple next door you will pass 2 concrete lions at the top of the first flight of steps, and another 2 guard lions at the foot of the pagoda steps.
Enough rambling, I hope you’ve enjoyed these snaps of Nipponzan Myohoji.
If visiting, look for signs to the Peace Pagoda Car Park on V10 Brickhill Street.
Thanks for reading!
Dan Davidson off of Dan Davidson Photography