Mahabodhi Stupa at Land of Medicine Buddha

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Sculpture Added to Stupa (5/18/2017) - We are so glad to have our amazing artist Good Virtue back at LMB! He is creating beautiful molds to go on the top Kadampa Stupa right now. During the raining season, we were working with a landscape designer to create the stupa garden. Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised a Japanese-style garden in the area. Now that our artist is back, he overlaid a mandala design on the garden layout. We are looking forward to breaking ground on the gardens this summer. There will be opportunities to sponsor trees, benches etc. We will keep you updated. We just received the okay from Rinpoche on a revised entrance to the shrine where the Buddha statue will be placed. While I was in Nepal, Good Virtue and I had a chance to order the pinnacle for the top of the Kadampa stupa and see a photo of the wax mold for our Buddha [...]

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The Vision

Rising from a verdant meadow with a Bodhi tree planted to the west, we are building a replica of the holy Mahabodhi stupa. This stupa will inspire all who see it to find refuge in the gentle path of wisdom, compassion and peace.

As you walk the path from our Great Prayer Wheel to the upper part of our land you will encounter this venerable stupa, an icon of peace rising from an open meadow. Standing more than thirty feet tall, we will build a replica of the most holy Buddhist pilgrimage site in India.

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.

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This stupa will be the central axis in a garden which will offer sites to sit and meditate, thousands of memorial stupas, gardens, grown as offerings to the Buddha, places to perform prostrations, ponds with places for peaceful travelers to rest and reflect.

The purpose of this stupa is to serve as an inspiration and a blessing to all who visit it. Simply seeing; making prostrations or circumambulating the stupa will be of benefit to all. Dedicated as a place to promote peace, we will have plaques to honor people such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King and others who have through their tireless effort created a more peaceful world.

Stupas are said to promote harmony, prosperity, longevity, good health and peace. They bring blessings to the environment in which they are built, to those who build them, and to those who visit and venerate them. In this way, stupas ensure that the living quality of the Buddhist teachings will always be available.


“It has long been the tradition that wherever the teachings of the Buddha’s have been revered and practiced, communities of followers have built reliquary monuments known in Sanskrit as stupas and as chötens in Tibetan. And wherever they have been built, they have been regarded as sacred, for like religious images and scriptures, they represent aspects of enlightenment.”

—His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama


History

The vision for the Land of Medicine Buddha stupa project emerged in the late 1990’s. Tangible progress began in 1999. In the following decade extensive architectural planning and land analysis work was done to build the 11,000 sq. ft. building that was modeled after the ancient stupa in Borobudur. In 2010 Kyabje Lama Zopa’s Rinpoche and Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma), healer, oracle and advisor to many Tibetan lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, advised us to amend our plans in order to build a Mahabodhi Stupa on our land.

In 2011 Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche became the central pillar to our founders’ mandala by pledging $50,000 to support the building of our stupa. In January of 2013 the Chew family from Singapore became the second members of our founder’s mandala. We are looking for few more visionaries to join them it making the building of this great stupa manifest quickly!

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See engineering and architectural drawings here (PDF). 

After only a year of design and engineering, in January 2014 we received our permit approval to build our stupa at Land of Medicine Buddha!

Construction

The bhumi puja to bless the land was held on Friday, April 25, 2014, and on the following Monday, April 28, 2014 construction began.

Volunteers from the area helped to fill each chamber of the central tower, finishing the 9th level on May 22, 2016.

Volunteers from the area helped to fill each chamber of the central tower, finishing the 9th level on May 22, 2016.

Two years later, on May 22, 2016, we filled the 9th and final chamber of the central tower. Many hands helped pass along the holy objects – sutras, mantras, tsatsas, etc. – from the truck, up the ladders, all the way to the top. All the spaces around the holy objects were packed with fragrant wood shavings and incense.

Our Facebook page and YouTube page have ongoing posts with pictures and videos of the progress.


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