What is a Stupa?

According to the Buddhist teachings, there are eight different types of Tibetan Stupa. Each represents an important event in the life of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni. The Enlightenment Stupa (Chang Chub Chorten, in Tibetan), symbolizes Buddha’s reaching enlightenment, the nature of a fully awakened mind.

Each of the 8 different Stupa types is built according to very precise instructions, where both the exact design and proportions have to be made correctly.

The outer structure of a Stupa has deep meaning on many levels and it’s inner treasure chambers are filled with symbolic objects. Once filled, qualified Lamas ‘charge’ Stupas through powerful ceremonies.

Stupas are normally closed monoliths that Buddhists walk around (referred to as kora by Tibetans) while expressing their deep wishes, as though they were standing before Buddha himself. To assimilate its beneficial influence in our lives, it is recommended that we walk around the Stupa in a clockwise direction. Buddhists believe that wishes made close to a Stupa will come true.