Scaffolding level 6 of the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. Photo provided by Ian Green.

The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is an FPMT project near Bendigo, Australia which, once completed, will be the largest stupa in the Western world. The Great Stupa is the final home for the largest gem quality Jade Buddha in existence.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has advised on the benefits of building stupas: 

“We can build stupas to inspire people without even teaching Dharma. However many hundreds and billions of years the holy object lasts, it continues to liberate many sentient beings every day, freeing them from the lower realms, causing them to actualize the path, liberating them from samsara and bringing them to enlightenment. After we die, even if we are in another universe, in the hell realms or a pure land, wherever we are, the stupa that we built or helped to build, is continually benefiting sentient beings. It is incredible how we can continually benefit sentient beings by building a stupa.”

Ven. Lobsang painting the arch inside the north end of the gompa within The Great Stupa. Photo provided by Ian Green.

The Great Stupa will serve as a major domestic and international tourist attraction and is designed to last over a thousand years. Due to the kindness of others, the Holy Objects Fund recently issued a grant to this impressive stupa project for the 28 ft x 6.5 ft umbrella which will contain embossed mantras advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The umbrella will be handmade in Nepal out of copper and gold plated. This grant is also for the finalization of the first phase of construction which is projected to be completed in April 2019. According to chairman Ian Green there is still decades of work to be done before the stupa is entirely finished. After the first phase completion decorations will be added to each level and then work on the main gompa and eighty (approximate) shrine rooms will commence.

Please rejoice in the progress of this truly inspiring holy object project. You can keep up on The Great Stupa’s progress and support its completion. 

If you would like to contribute to the building of holy objects around the world, you are welcome to offer any amount to the Holy Objects Fund which contributes to the creation of stupas, prayer wheels and statues.