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Wednesday, 29 August 2012
The Victory Stupa

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I wrote a few words about this building the other day, here. According to the Samye Ling website, this stupa

has a unique feature.  Its little shrine is dedicated to honouring people who have died and preserving their ashes. When people die, their coffin is placed inside the shrine with their head resting just above the mandala of the five elements.  On the ceiling over the coffin is the purification mandala of Dorje Sempa. Monks, nuns and lay practitioners say prayers continuously for three days and nights, invoking the blessing of Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, and entrusting the mind of the deceased person to Amitabha, the Buddha of Boundless Light, praying that their mind takes birth in Dewachen, Amitabha’s Pure Land of Great Bliss.  After the period of three days is up, the deceased person’s body is cremated and their ashes are placed inside the cupboards that surround the shrine.  Then once a year there is a special ceremony conducted by a high lama in which the ashes are blessed and prayers are said for all those who have died.

During our tour inside the stupa the guide gave us lots of additional interesting information about the stupa, its construction, materials and purpose which I don’t feel I can do justice to here.

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The stained glass windows of the stupa are imprinted with the Kalachakra mandala, the function of which is to restore balance and harmony.
For more information on Stupas visit the stupa website.

Posted by bigblue on 29/08/2012 at 08:03 AM
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