Khensur Rinpoche’s Stupa
Latest news, October 2016:
The opening ceremony will be on Lhabap Duchen, November 20th when the prayer hall is inaugurated.
Why Stupas are erected
When great masters pass away, there are often two stupas constructed. The first stupa is constructed to be used for actual cremation of the body, the second is used to place and hold the bodily remains.
The Tibetan word for stupa is ‘Chor-ten’, which means “the basis of offering”. It is a ‘Spiritual Monument’ and symbol of the enlightened mind, and the path to its realization. The stupa represents the Buddha’s body, speech and mind. Visual impact of the stupa on the observer brings a direct experience of inherent wakefulness. Stupas are filled with sacred images and objects, mantras and the relics of holy beings. Building or sponsoring a stupa is a very powerful way to accumulate merit and purify negative karma. Small offerings called Tsa-Tsas (small clay pressed impressions usually of deities) and mantras written on paper are then rolled into thin rolls, fill the major part of the stupa.
‘In the Guhyasamaja text (one of the higher tantras) it says: “A stupa is a palace where all the Buddhas are abiding. Those beings who don’t have the karma actually to see a Buddha need the holy objects of body, speech and mind – statues, scriptures, stupas – as a field for accumulating merit.” The benefits you receive from building a stupa equal the number of atoms of the stupa and these benefits exist as long as the stupa exists. Sentient beings accumulate extensive merit by making offerings to holy objects, and from this merit happiness comes’. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Benefits of Khensur Rinpoche’s stupa
To create a place of veneration, a place to celebrate Rinpoche’s life, work and mind. A place where future generations can learn of Rinpoche’s kindness and commitment to sentient beings. A place to make prayers and stay connected and remember Rinpoche, a place that inspires us to keep his teachings alive in all our hearts. Building a stupa is considered extremely beneficial, leaving very positive karmic imprints in the mind. Future benefits from this action will result in fortunate rebirths, such as being born into a rich family, having a beautiful body, a nice voice, and being attractive and bringing joy to others and having a long and happy life, in which one’s wishes are fulfilled quickly. On the absolute level, one will also be able to reach enlightenment, the goal of Buddhism, quickly.
Donations for the stupa
We are currently seeking donation for the bronze and gold relic stupa that we need to have made for Rinpoche’s remains. This is an amazing opportunity for students to gain merit and to show appreciation for everything Rinpoche had done for all of us. The stupa will be kept in the new Ngari temple so that all that visit can offer their prayers and reflect on Rinpoche’s amazing kindness and his selfless contribution to sentient beings.