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Stupa Fund News
“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.”- Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Please rejoice in the recently completed Enlightenment Stupa at Detong Ling, Kangaroo Island, Australia. The Stupa Fund contributed toward the building of this beautiful stupa.
In 2012 The Stupa Fund sponsored the cost of Sangha at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s house to make over 1,000 small kadampa stupas (filled with the Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche). Each stupa is dedicated with prayers for those who have recently passed away.
These small stupas are then placed around other stupas so that people can circumambulate this collection of stupas and create merit.
You can learn more and view some beautiful photos of this project in “Stupas in Everyday Life, Advice From Lama Zopa Rinpoche,” published on the Mandala “FPMT News Around the World” blog.
Photos: Vens. Anet (above) and Chosang (below) creating kadampa stupas at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s house. Photo by Whitney Dafoe.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche had the following to say about the Stupa to Minimize Harm from the Elements project:
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.
If people were told it was going to happen beforehand, in many cases it would be hard for them to believe. In many respects the mind is not familiarized in the nature of impermanence and karma, or in change that is happening all the time: rising and ceasing, birth and death, collecting and dispersing. Everything is continuously in a state of change but mostly we are unaware and when it happens it is a great shock and surprise.
I am thinking that of course the government does have certain expertise and technical ability to deal with disasters, but it is limited, they have little understanding and knowledge of the help that can come from other sources of understanding reality. The human mind has enormous potential, that potential could have positive or negative outcome. For example, one person who has great power over many could kill millions of people. This we can see in our history. It is also that the human mind can cause unbelievable happiness in the world; the human mind has this potential.
We do have a way that we can help minimize the danger, not completely eliminate it, but at least reduce the danger to living beings. There are methods that the normal world does not understand yet, there is a way we can reduce the effects of a big earthquake on the west coast of the USA and therefore it is wise to do something about it before it is too late. Otherwise it is like trying to prevent your death after you die.
This method to reduce the earthquakes has been used before in the Himalayan region and was quite successful. It was initiated by a very special woman [Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma] who is not a normal woman, she is a “sky-goer.” “Sky” means shunyata and “goer” means realized. She is a person who is beyond normal, she is able to meditate in equipoise meditation in shunyata. In that state she is able to see things in the future and understand the methods to prevent them. She was able to build certain holy structures, what we call stupas around the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and in certain places of the Himalayas to minimize the effects of an earthquake that she saw coming. This happened a few years ago and the stupas really helped. His Holiness the Dalai Lama asked her to help in this way and gave her the responsibility to at least minimize the effects of the earthquake that was predicted in the Himalayas in recent years.
Not long ago I asked her about the west coast of the USA and she went into a certain state of meditation and poured forth a prediction of this great earthquake, that it will happen on the west coast, and she also immediately said what could be done to minimize its effect. She said for about three years there is no danger but after that there will be a serious earthquake. She said that certain pujas needed to be done and then in certain places to build these holy structures called stupas. One stupa needs to be built near Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
If anyone can help with this project it will be greatly appreciated and could save incredible amount of lives and damage to buildings and other types of structures.
With much love and prayer,
Scribed by Ven. Roger Kunsang, November 2012.
Donations of any amount are welcome for this critically important project:
The Stupa Fund supports the making of over 1,000 small Kadampa stupas each year. These stupas are made by resident Sangha at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s home in California and are dedicated for students who have passed away.
The fund has also recently pledged a total of US$51,000 to the Stupa Project at Land of Medicine Buddha, California, USA.
One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT is to build 100,000 stupas around the world. The following advice was given by Rinpoche regarding this vision:
“Since there is unbelievable benefit such as liberating sentient beings, then I thought that the whole organization could aim to build 100,000 stupas (minimum size of one storey up to the distance from the earth to the moon) in different parts of the world and for FPMT to do this as a whole.
“[I would] especially [like] to build in countries where there are no holy objects and in countries where people have no opportunity to see holy objects. Just by seeing holy objects it purifies the mind and one collects extensive merits.
“We can still build in countries where there are alot of holy objects and monasteries like Nepal and India, but [I would] especially [like] to build them in the countries, where they have no holy objects. It is very important every time a stupa is built that it has the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras inside, as well as the Namgyalma mantra.
“The plan is to build stupas all over the world, individual people or centers [can do this], no matter how many years one puts effort into building stupas, the benefit that this gives to sentient beings every day in so many ways is unimaginable. For instance, when wind touches a stupa that has the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras inside, when that same wind touches sentient beings it liberates them. Or dust that lands on the stupa then falls off and touches the earth, then the earth is blessed. Rain that touches the stupa and then flows into the ground, this purifies all sentient beings that come in contact with that ground, including the worms. Even if someone sees the stupa from the distance, it purifies them and plants the seed of enlightenment. So this is unbelievable. Everyday the stupa liberates so many beings and brings them to enlightenment. So making the effort for the stupa, even after you die, then wherever you are in the six realms, still you are creating merit because the stupa continues to liberate so many sentient beings and bring them to enlightenment .
“Each stupa must have, as many as possible, The Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras, also 100 Stainless Pinnacle mantras … if possible, even more like 100,000.”
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche on his Vast Vision for FPMT, Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, CA, March 2007
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.
Stupas Completed/In Progress
To date (as of October, 2013), forty-nine stupas have been completed, or are in progress, at FPMT centers and by FPMT students toward this goal of 100,000 stupas around the world.
Northern & Central America
- Kadampa Stupa (10 feet) at Kachoe Dechen Ling, California, USA
- Lama Yeshe Cremation Stupa (6 feet) at Vajrapani Institute, California, USA
- Lama Yeshe’s Enlightenment Stupa (16 feet) at Vajrapani Institute, California, USA
- Kadampa Stupa (6 feet) at Land of Medicine Buddha, California, USA
- Kalachakra Stupa (15 feet) at Kurukulla Center, Massachusetts, USA
- Kadampa Stupa (18 feet) at Kadampa Center, North Carolina, USA (in process)
- Auspicious Stupa of Many Doors at (14 feet) Milarepa Center, Vermont, USA
- Enlightenment Stupa (16 feet) at Pamtingpa Center, Tonasket, Washington, USA, in progress
- Enlightenment Stupa (9 feet) at Ganden Drubpa, Canada
- Enlightenment Stupa (16 feet) Canada
- Turning of the Dharma Stupa (20 feet), Mexico
- Kalachakra Stupa for World Peace at Serlingpa Retreat Center, Mexico
- Descent from Tushita Stupa (10 feet from ground, 6×6 feet base), containing 15 relics, in all I think, many of 26 different mantras including the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras. Cozumel, Mexico.
- Institut Vajra Yogini, France Kadampa Stupa built for Lama Yeshe and International Year of Tibet (1991) at
- Enlightenment Stupa at Nalanda Monastery, France
- Descent from Tushita Stupa at Kopavogur, Iceland
- 1 Enlightenment Stupa built for Lama Yeshe Geshe Rabten, Geshe Yeshe Tobden, and Gomo Tulku, at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy
- 1 Reconciliation Stupa built for Lama Yeshe Geshe Rabten, Geshe Yeshe Tobden, and Gomo Tulku, at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy
- Kadampa Stupa at Kushi Ling Retreat Centre, Italy
- Lama Yeshe Enlightenment Stupa at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, UK (Built in 1988, contains, Lama Yeshe’s bone relic, and was consecrated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche)
- Kadampa Stupa at Centro Nagarjuna Valencia, Spain
- Kadampa Stupa with Geshe Thubten Tsering’s ashes at Centro Nagarjuna Valencia, Spain
- Enlightenment Stupa built for Lama Yeshe at Osel Ling, Spain
- The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion (50 meters, 164 feet), Atisha Center, Victoria, Australia, in progress
- Enlightenment Stupa (9 meters, 29.5 feet) at De Tong Ling Retreat Centre, Kangaroo Island, Australia
- Stupa (12 feet) at Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre, New South Wales, Australia
- Victory Stupa at Vajrayana Institute, New South Wales, Australia
- Garden of Enlightenment Stupa at Chenrezig Institute, Queensland, Australia
- Victory Stupa at Chenrezig Institute, Queensland, Australia
- Auspicious Stupa with Many Doors at Dorje Chang Institute, Auckland, New Zealand
- Long Life Stupa (5.2 meters) at Chandrakirti Buddhist Meditation Centre, Nelson, New Zealand
- Enlightenment Stupa at Mahamudra Center, New Zealand
- Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India Enlightenment Stupa built for Lama Yeshe at
- Auspicious Stupa of Many Doors built for Geshe Rabten at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India
- Parinirvana Stupa built for Geshe Wongdu at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India
- Stupa at IMI House (1 meter, 3 feet) in Sera Je Monastery, India
- Kadampa Stupa (21 feet with 8 smaller stupas) at Root Institute in progress
- Enlightenment Stupa built for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s mother (20 feet), located between Lawudo and Namche Bazaar in a village called Samshing, Nepal
- Stupa for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s mother’s incarnation, Nawang Zhimay, (10 feet), located below Lawudo in a village called Teshok
- Eight Stupas at Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- Geshe Lama Konchog’s Dharmachakra Stupa (35 feet) at Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- Thousand Buddha Relics Stupa for Geshe Lama Konchog’s relics, a row of 8 stupas and a golden stupa for Lama Yeshe’s relics, at Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- Lama Lhundrup’s Stupa (25 feet), Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- Lama Lhundrup’s Stupa at Kopan Nunnery, Nepal, in progress
- Lama Yeshe’s Stupa at Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- Enlightenment Stupa (3 meters) in Boudhanath, Nepal at one student’s house
- Namgyalma Stupa, Losang Drakpa Center, Malaysia
- Victory Stupa at Golden Light Sutra Center, Mongolia
- Enlightenment Stupa at Shakyamuni Buddhist Center, Taiwan
- Geshe Sengye’s stupa in Tibet (20 feet)
Smaller Stupas inspired by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- (2) Kadampa Stupas at Guhyasamaja Center, Virginia, USA
- Stupa Memorial Garden (stupas are 1.5 feet tall), Root Institute, Bodghaya, India
Offerings Made to Build Stupas
- Chogyey Trichen Rinpoche’s Stupa (105 feet tall with a 54 feet diameter dome), Nepal, US$7,700 offered.
- Benefits and Practices Related to Statues and Stupas, Part 1
- Benefits and Practices Related to Statues and Stupas, Part 2
- Benefits and Practices Related to Statues and Stupas, Part 3
- Microfilm for Stupas and Prayer Wheels
- FPMT’s Stupa Resources Page
- Stupas in Everyday Life by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- Gallery of some stupas inspired by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
How Can I Make a Donation?
To make a tax-deductible donation generally to the Stupa Fund
Or simply send your check in US dollars payable to FPMT Inc. and write “Stupa Fund” on the memo line.
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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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