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Building stupas helps develop so much peace and happiness for numberless sentient beings. As a result, wars, disease, and desire will all be pacified. Instead of feeling hopeless, people will gain courage. This is about peace – for the beings who see it, for the whole country, for the entire world, for all sentient beings.
100,000 Stupas for World Peace
Lama Zopa Rinpoche established the Stupa Fund in 1992 with the aim of providing the resources needed for building 100,000 stupas around the world, each a minimum height of 12 feet. Simply seeing a holy object such as a stupa becomes the cause to achieve inconceivable awakening and enlightenment by purifying defilements. This is the special advantage of holy objects, that just by their existence they make it so easy for all living beings to create merit.
An immediate need of the Stupa Fund is to build a stupa to minimize harm caused by possible earthquakes in California, USA. This stupa is being built near the Golden Gate Bridge, under the advice of Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la). About this critical project, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has said:
“This is a very important project that we have started, it has incredible importance. We all know there will be another earthquake on the west coast of the USA, it is overdue and it could be a huge earthquake where so many people could die and there could be huge damage to buildings, houses and structures. There is also the danger of a tsunami and the serious effects that will have.”
Please learn more about this important project and how you can help.
The minute you see a holy object you create infinite merits,
So no question, if you actually make prostrations,
Offerings and so forth, you create far greater merit.
What is a Stupa?
Stupas, one of the most ancient icons in Buddhist art, are powerful symbols of the mind’s limitless potential. In other words, they represent the mind of enlightenment. Stupas are filled with sacred images, mantras and the relics of holy beings. Building or sponsoring a stupa is a very powerful way to accumulate merit and purify negative karma.
Stupas Completed/In Progress
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has already inspired the building of more than forty large stupas around the world, including:
- The Great Thousand Buddha Relic Stupa at Kopan Monastery in Nepal
- The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion being built in Australia
- The Kalachakra Stupa at Kurukulla Center, USA
- A Kadampa stupa in France
And many other stupas in Nepal, Spain, Italy, France, the United States, Canada, Iceland, Tibet, Australia, and New Zealand. Gallery of some of the stupas inspired by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
We have created a page dedicated to documenting the incredible stupas being built around the world! Please rejoice and enjoy!
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche translated “Padmasambhava’s Instruction on Offerings to Stupas,” which details the benefits of prostrating to, circumambulating, making offerings, and offering service to stupas.
- You can learn more about stupas in this online collection, Stupas: a Resource Guide.
- “Stupas in Everyday Life,” advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
- “Notable FPMT Holy Objects Around the World,” from Mandala magazine, April-June 2010.
The annual cost of this fund typically fluctuates each year between US$10,000 – 50,000, depending on the current needs of stupas being built.
We are currently trying to raise US$200,000 in order to build an important stupa in California, USA, to minimize harm from the elements.
How Can I Make a Donation?
To make a tax-deductible donation generally to the Stupa Fund
Or to donate specifically to Stupas to Minimize Harm from the Elements
Or simply send your check in US dollars payable to FPMT Inc. and write “Stupa Fund” on the memo line.
1632 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-4702
The Stupa Fund is a project of FPMT Inc. and is administered by FPMT International Office located in Portland, Oregon, United States. All donations made to this fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(c)(3) to the extent allowed by law.
For more information please contact: Holly Ansett, Charitable Projects Coordinator.
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May there be no war, disease or natural disaster such as fire, flood, earthquake and so forth. May everybody realize bodhichitta, the good heart, enjoy peace and happiness and as quickly as possible realize the wisdom directly perceiving emptiness, cease all their defilements and achieve enlightenment.
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