Ian and Judy Green with Victorian members of parliament Jacinta Allan, Jaala Pulford, and Maree Edwards, Myers Flat, Victoria, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy of Bendigo Weekly.

On March 24, 2017, the Victoria state government in Australia announced that the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, an FPMT project that once completed will be the largest stupa in the Western world, would received a AUS$2.5 million matching grant. The grant will help the project complete the top portion of the stupa—the bumpa roof and walls, harmika, thirteen-ring tower, parasol, and finial—as well as water and sewer treatment facilities to service the stupa itself and sister FPMT centers in the surrounding area, including Atisha Centre and Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery.

In its announcement, the Victoria government recognized the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is already “an impressive landmark” with 25,000 visitors annually with projections of 90,000 annually within ten years. In addition to bringing many economic benefits to the region, the government “acknowledges The Great Stupa’s role in promoting social cohesion by encouraging awareness and support of cultural diversity.”

“The announcement of this funding was the culmination of three years’ work with Regional Development Victoria and City of Greater Bendigo,” said chairman of the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion Ian Green. “These funds will be a game-changer in developing the Great Stupa to realize its full potential to benefit so many beings. It is also very gratifying to see the recognition that government now has for the significant contribution of the Great Stupa.”

Ian Green addressing Great Stupa visitors and Victorian members of parliament, Myers Flat, Victoria, Australia, March 2017. Photo courtesy of Bendigo Weekly.

The Victoria government will match up to AUS$2.5 million to support the completion and infrastructure of The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. Your financial support and prayers are always welcome. Read more about The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion on FPMT.org.

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