Stupa in Valencia

The project of bringing one golden Stupa to Valencia has come true in 2016. Its purpose is that of benefiting locals as well as visitors in Valencia, the third city in Spain. Located at the Bodhi path Center, close to the Golf-Club El Bosque can certainly attract people who want to find a place for meditation, peace and harmony.

There are three places worldwide that will host the same kind of stupa, one located in Renchen-Ulm, Germany, and the other one in Virginia, USA.

 

Purpose

There are many different kinds of stupas but the one in Valencia has two benefits.

Stupas in general represent places for peace and harmony in the world. It is known that sitting, meditating, even walking around them has a calm abiding and positive effect in people’s minds.

This stupa, in particular, contains relics from the deceased great master from Tibet and founder of the Bodhi Path Centers worldwide Kungzing Shamar Rinpoche. Just as the Buddha’s relics were shared among his disciples and protected within several stupas, those of Shamar Rinpoche are being sheltered in the same way to benefit those around.

Therefore, the stupa for peace placed at the Bodhi Path Center in Valencia will be a place where one can find peace in mind just by being around. Moreover, it is recommended to actively sit and meditate, circumvallate, or using it as a support to understand mind’s functioning.

 

Characteristics

The size if the stupa is 170 cm. It is made of copper and painted in gold. The form of a stupa is the oldest stylized representation of the Buddha and that it symbolizes his enlightened mind.

In the center of the stupa, amidst the sacred substances, relics, and other mantra rolls, there is a fundamental element: the sokshing. The Tibetan term “sokshing,” which is translated as “tree of life” designates an elaborated sculpted tree trunk executed according to specific codes and with corresponding rituals. Generally, it is placed vertically in the center of statues and stupas, acting as a spine.

The filling of the stupa is made by: 

1. MANTRA ROLLS:

A mantra has been defined as a “series of sounds or syllables intended for recitation, that embodies the nature of a meditation deity.”

Thousands of mantra rolls made by Lama Sherab and many members were rolling them for a month time. The procedure of developing the mantra rolls is:

  1. Print the mantras in red ink and yellow saffron paper.
  2. Glue them from end to end and then roll them up with the text on the inside. A stick of incense serves to begin the roll and thus marks its center once completed.
  3. Wrap it yellow fabric and in five colors of yarn (green, yellow, blue, red, and white) representing the five enlightened wisdoms.

2. TSATSAS

A tsatsa is a Buddhist image made of clay. There are some representing Buddha Amitabha and others that represent small stupas. Within each sculpture there is a mantra as well as precious substances dissolved in the water used to mix the plaster. In this case those were: ashes of Shamar Rinpoche and pieces of clothes of Shamar Rinpoche mixed with blessed pills going back to those made by the 1st Karmapa!

3. RELIQUES

The stupa in Valencia contains the following reliques:

  • Rinsi 14th Shamarpa
  • Rinsi Stupa Swayambhu
  • Bones 14th Shamarpa, 5th Shamarpa, 16th Karmapa
  • Clothes: 4th Shamarpa, 14th, 15th, 16th Karmapa
  • Clothes 14th Shamarpa
  • Clothes Buddha Shakyamuni Bodhgaya
  • Hair 14th Shamarpa
  • Hair 13th Karmapa, 10th Karmapa
  • Different holy places relics
  • Body-speech-mind relics
  • Pills long life, mon mani
  • 16th Karmapa’s black pill
  • 17th Karmapa pills during retreat
  • Salt 14th Shamarpa’s body
  • Mont Kailash relics
  • Wood stupa of Swayambhu
  • Buddha Shakyamuni, Indian masters and Tibetan masters relics

4. JEWELS

Precious jewels and objects.

5. BASE

The base of the stupa contains tsatsas, bumpas and different symbolic weapons as protectors for the Nâgas, the inhabitants of underground realms.

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