The Stupa Site
If wisdom can be embodied and manifested in architecture, it would be the stupa.
The architecture of the stupa is transformative in nature. It changes the consciousness of all those who come into view of it, orienting them toward the view of basic and ultimate goodness in all things.Dr. Eva Wong
The Stupa That Conquers All Directions
Karme Choling looks forward to constructing a stupa, as monument and memorial to Shambhala Buddhist founder Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Named The Stupa that Conquers all Directions, it will commemorate the memory and wisdom teachings of this beloved Tibetan meditation master, who first came to the United States in 1971.
What is a Stupa?
A stupa is a monument to peace and nonaggression, expressed in the form of Buddhist sacred architecture. It is a physical representation of the Buddhist ideal of enlightenment. Incorporated into its structure are symbols that depict the Buddha, the elements, and the steps on the path to enlightenment .
Stupas aid individuals and their communities on their spiritual path as well. Because they are seen to embody aspirations for increasing wisdom and compassion, Buddhists and others come to them to meditate, circumambulate and recite mantras or prayers. Magnetizing good energy and right timing, stupas can bring auspicious coincidence for the community.
What is the Symbolism of a Stupa?
Incorporated into the symbolism of the stupa is the Buddha, the elements, as well as the path to enlightenment.
SPACE - All Encompassing Space
1. Jewel: The subtle body or enlightenment
2. Sun: The feminine aspect of prajna and wisdom
3. Moon: The masculine aspect of bodhichitta and skillful means
AIR - All Accommplishing Wisdom
4. Parasol: Compassionate protection for all beings
FIRE - Discriminating Awareness Wisdom
5. Thirteen Disks: Representing the 13 powers of the Buddha or his teaching styles.
6. Harmika: Representing the 8-fold noble path:
Right View or Understanding
Right Concentration or Samadhi
WATER - Mirror-like Wisdom
7. Bumpa: Representing the 7 Factors of Enlightenment
EARTH - Wisdom of Equanimity
8. Four steps: Representing the 4 Immeasurables
Maitri or Loving Kindness
The Future of the Stupa
Your support is vital in building and empowering The Stupa That Conquers All Directions. The energy and potency of a stupa is directly related to the energy that a community puts into it. With your engagement and support, Karmê Chöling will be able to continue construction of the stupa, initiating a new era of growth and expanding our capacity to continue making the world a better, kinder place.
Karmê Chöling aspires to radiate the vision of Basic Goodness and Enlightened Society throughout our own community and beyond into the broader culture. As sacred architecture, the stupa will enable our unique and nurturing practice center to fulfill this vision more fully in the world.
A little about Karmê Chöling …
Karmê Chöling is a Buddhist meditation retreat center founded by Chogyam Trungpa, a Tibetan lineage holder. Established in 1971, it is one of the oldest retreat centers in the US. It has become part of a global movement and community of meditators working together to build enlightened society.
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