A unique opportunity to benefit a deceased loved one is to place their ashes within a stupa. The ashes are first consecrated by the skilful meditation of a qualified lama in a jang.wa ceremony which purifies any negativities and invoke the Buddha’s wisdom into the ashes. The consecrated ashes are then placed in the stupa together with rolls of blessed mantras and other precious substances. Please also read What to Do with a Deceased Person’s Ashes.Get a Memorial Stupa
Stupas to Benefit a Deceased Friend or Family Member
You many purchase a stupa on behalf of a family member or friend who has passed away. Please bear in mind that you do not have to wait for someone to pass away to purchase a stupa in the Wish Fulfilling Temple. Impermanence is absolute. You can reserve a stupa for yourself or for a family member. Because there is a limit on the number of stupas that can be placed in the Wish Fulfilling Temple, we recommend that you do this without delay.
As of May 2017, the suggested donation for each stupa, to be located in the Wish Fulfilling Temple in perpetuity, is US$2,000. These funds will be used for the maintenance and upkeep of the temple as well as for the development and support of Land of Medicine Buddha.
Jangwa Ritual is performed yearly
Each year a Medicine Buddha jang.wa is performed in the Shrine by a qualified master. It is a purification for both the living and the deceased. It can be done for both recently deceased or those who passed away some time ago.
When performed for the deceased, the ceremony purifies the negative karma and transfers their consciousness to a pure land. It can liberate beings from the lower realms and also benefit those who have died recently and are still in the intermediate state on their way to a lower rebirth, by changing their rebirth to the human realm or a pure land, so that they have a chance once again to meet the Dharma and meet a fully qualified virtuous friend.
Prayers and Blessing
Accomplished masters are invited to bless the Wish Fulfilling Temple, and consecrate the stupas contained therein, on a regular basis. Besides the dedication prayers made during our daily Medicine Buddha Puja, a resident Sangha at Land of Medicine Buddha also makes special daily prayers for the deceased and the sponsors of the stupas.
Sponsor or Reserve a Stupa
You may sponsor a stupa on behalf of a family member or a friend who has passed away, to be placed in the Wish Fulfilling Temple in perpetuity. You may also reserve a stupa for yourself.
The name of the individual will be engraved on a plaque on a wooden box along with a photo and the years of birth and death. The ashes will be sealed in the wooden stupa-base along with many rolled mantras and incense. Then the filled and gilded stupa is placed on top.
Where to Put the Memorial Stupa
The consecrated stupa can be placed in homes, but are usually put in a special shrine such as the Wish Fulfilling Temple. Relatives and friends can come to visit, circumambulate and make offerings. Making offering to the stupa creates the cause for inconceivable benefits and happiness up to the highest, full enlightenment, the perfected peace of mind.
Dedicating the positive energy created can liberate the deceased from the suffering lower realms, create cause for them to receive a perfect human rebirth and quickly meet perfectly qualified spiritual teachers, and through these teachers, meet the unmistaken pure Dharma and thus quickly achieve full enlightenment. In this way, enormous benefit will accrue to those who have passed away as well as those who have had the vision and generosity to care for them in this way.
The Wish Fulfilling Temple is a specially designed building, a blessed place, where the ashes of beloved ones are preserved in individual beautiful small stupas. It provides a special and respectful location for the ashes of those who have died as well as an extraordinary opportunity for those ashes to be purified.
Family and relatives can visit the Wish Fulfilling Temple and also participate in practices that will benefit them and the departed.
How to Get a Memorial Stupa
A suggested contribution of US$1,000 upwards is requested to sponsor the wooden box, plaque and stupa, which will contain the ashes of the deceased. These funds will be used for the Jangwa ceremony, the support of the Sangha making prayers for the deceased, the maintenance and upkeep of the shrine, as well as for the development and support of Land of Medicine Buddha.
The deceased individuals who have Memorial Stupas are automatically included in the Jangwa ceremony each year.
To sponsor or reserve a Memorial Stupa to be placed in the Wish Fulfilling Temple:
1. Download and fill out this Sponsor/Reservation Form
2. A photo
3. If sponsoring for a deceased – teaspoon of ashes* (optional).
Mail the above to the following address. Use a manila bubble envelope if sending ashes.
Land of Medicine Buddha
Attn: Memorial Stupa
5800 Prescott Road
Soquel CA 95073
For more information, please contact: memorialstupas at medicinebuddha.org, or use the contact form below.
*Please do not send us all the ashes. The limit is about 1 tsp (5-10 ml). The stupas are not vessels for the whole amount of ashes. For advice about what to do with the rest of the ashes, please read What to Do with a Deceased Person’s Ashes.