The Gendun Drubpa Stupa Project
for World Peace and Environmental Harmony
What is a Stupa?
A Stupa is a spiritual monument in the Buddhist tradition that contains sacred relics of the Buddha and other holy objects. The shape of a stupa represents the fully enlightened qualities of a buddha's mind. A stupa is a very powerful holy object because it symbolically reveals how one's mind can be purified and developed to become fully enlightened.
"STUPA" is a Sanskrit word that means 'to heap' or 'to pile up' and refers to the mound-like shape of the earliest stupas. The word stupa (or in other languages, chorten, thupa, or dagoba) literally means "hair knot", likely relating to the characteristic look of the spires on the buildings. These stupas are designed to represent the shape of the body of the Buddha in his meditation pose, from his crossed legs in lotus position to his topknot. Many stupas also have a central pole or spine running up the middle of their interior.
- Wherever a stupa is built, that place will become powerful for healing and a cause of success for whoever visits that place.
- Spending time at a stupa can become the means to bringing peace of mind and a good heart to all beings both young and old.
- These benefits apply to all living beings that come to the stupa, even animals and insects that are taken for a walk around it... the benefits are limitless.
"In short, spending time at a stupa can become the psychology to bring peace of mind and a good heart to all beings, both young and old...Therefore...to support and to contribute to creating and building stupas and other holy objects is of immense benefit, not only to others but also to yourself in helping to make your life more meaningful." - Lama Zopa Rinpoche Building and Blessing Holy Objects; FPMT Ed. Dept. 2006
A Stupa consists of:
- The five geometric shapes found in stupas correspond to the five elements that compose the body and mind.
- The square foundation corresponds to the earth element.
- The dome corresponds to water.
- The spire (13 rings) corresponds to the element of fire.
- The pole of the umbrella on top corresponds to air or wind.
- The umbrella itself corresponds to space.
- Throughout time and regardless of their geographical location, stupas have retained this elemental form and character.
What will go inside an Enlightenment Stupa?
The list includes the following:
- many rolled mantras
- Tibetan texts
- Holy relics
- 9 Treasure/Wealth Vases
- Coins and currencies from around the world
- Earth and water from holy places
- Gold, silver, semi-precious stones and jewellery
- Hand-crafted and precious objects donated by many local people
- Many other objects...
All will be blessed by a Lama before placing inside of the stupa.
What is a Tsa Tsa?
It's a Tibetan term used to describe Buddha statues and relief images, often made as a method of eliminating obstacles, purifying negativies, and creating positive energy (merit). Tradtionally made with clay, left to harden and placed on altars, shrines and other holy places. Ours will be made from plaster which is easier to make than the traditional tsa.tsas