Reliquary StoupaShamar Rinpoche's Presence at Dhagpo
Just as the Buddha’s relics were shared among his disciples and protected within several stupas, those of Shamar Rinpoche will be sheltered in the same way. Dhagpo Kagyu Ling’s new stupa will be among those which welcome a part of his relics. Other parts are already conserved at KIBI, New Delhi and in the recently-inaugurated stupa at his center Bodhi Path Renchen Ulm in Germany. Others will be sheltered in the center Bodhi Path Natural Bridge, in the United States, as well as at Shar Minub Institute in Nepal.
The stupa has been built behind Dhagpo’s Institute. The new space will offer a place to practice and to gather.
What are relics?
A relic is a fragment of the body (bones, teeth, etc.) or an object belonging to a great master or a holy person. According to Khenpo Chodrak Rinpoche, the Tibetan term for “relic” refers to the fact that it is “of great value, so great that it is beyond all price.”
Such a stupa allows one to connect to the possibility of enlightenment through the presence and the blessing of an extraordinary being like Shamar Rinpoche.
Physical relics of a master’s body also benefit us as a reminder that all beings, ordinary and realized, are subject to impermanence.
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