About Stupas

Stupa is a Buddhist monument which perfect form symbolizes Buddha’s enlightened mind. First Stupas appeared in pre-Buddhist times in India. With the spread of Buddhism they had started to be built all around Asia, and unique architectural canons were developing in each country. Eight types of Stupas appeared in the Tibetan tradition. Their names and symbolism are connected to the events in the life of Buddha Shakyamuni, and their shape together with architectural details is strictly specified. Traditional proportions are followed during Stupa construction in the West where they have been created since 1980-s.

Stupas are erected to bring happiness to all sentient beings. A Stupa brings beneficial influence to the environment and leads to Liberation all those who see or touch it, think about it or are touched by the wind coming from it. Walking around a Stupa in a clockwise direction, one accumulates big merit. Sometimes Buddhists do 108 or more rounds at a Stupa. One can meditate, make good wishes for the benefit of all or recite mantras at a Stupa. All this allows purifying negative impressions in the mind, liberating from suffering as well as gaining merit and wisdom.

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