The Eight Stupas and Outdoor Landscaping – Constuction Log Book
Two Stupas Arrive at Dhagpo
# 3 – September 2019
During this summer’s visit from Trinley Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Gerard Guinot—the artisan behind the eight copper stupas—delivered two of them: The Reconciliation Stupa and The Parinirvana Stupa. Here is some information about the events that these two stupas commemorate.
The Reconciliation Stupa དགེ་འདུན་གྱི་དབྱེན་བསྡུམ་མཆོད་རྟེན།
This stupa symbolizes the monastic community’s reconciliation following an internal schism caused by Devadatta in Rajgir. Out of jealousy, he had convinced a number of monks to leave the Buddha’s community and found another under his leadership. At the Buddha’s request, his disciples Maudgalyayana and Shariputra went to meet with the monks and clarify their confusion, allowing the schism to come to an end and to unite the community once more.
The Parinirvana Stupa མྱང་འདས་མཆོད་རྟེན།
This stupa marks the death of the Buddha. The Buddha fell ill while on the road to Kushinagar. Knowing the moment of his final departure was imminent, he asked for Ananda to prepare a place for him to die. He left our world to enter into parinirvana lying on his right side in a state of profound meditation and after having given his final teaching to the disciples gathered around him: “Monks, never forget, all conditioned phenomena are impermanent.”
Trees and Flowers
# 2- April – October 2018
From April to October 2018; we began landscaping the area around the stupa with trees and flowers. Course participants and local volunteers of all ages made the most of the good weather, taking part in planting and get their hands dirty—all according to the precise indications given by Jigme Rinpoche, who took on the role of head gardener this time. It’s been a good complementary activity to meditation!
The Eight Stupas’ Foundations
# 1 – March & april 2018
Volunteers from Dhagpo and others who live close by met up in mid-March to dig and pour the foundations for the eight stupas. They dug four rectangles and then poured concrete into them. In the center of the concrete pad, they left a cube of empty space, which will become the chamber that houses the blessed vases. Just like for Shamarpa’s stupa, once this spot is filled and consecrated, it will be sealed.