A symbol of Enlightenment, stupas are a form of spiritual architecture that have existed even before the time of Buddha Shakyamuni. Originally serving as tombs for important figures such as kings and national heroes in ancient times, the practice of constructing stupas has since been renewed by the Buddha to represent the heart of Enlightenment. The tradition of erecting stupas then spread across Asia and has resulted in thousands of stupas being built in every Buddhist country in the world and by Buddhists of all traditions.
The Buddhist stupa or chorten in Tibetan usually contains precious relics of highly attained masters as well as countless images of Buddhas and Dharma texts, in order for future generations to make a connection with the Dharma and gain blessings. Due to the potency of its blessings to practitioners, stupas are often a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. One such place is the famous Boudhanath Stupa in Nepal.
Remaining true to the Buddhist tradition, dedicated practitioners have taken it upon themselves to construct beautiful stupas of Dorje Shugden (gyalchen tendoe) all over Tibet. Designed in the style of the pagoda, a common form of stupa built by Korean, Chinese and Japanese Buddhists, these Dorje Shugden stupas bless all who encounter them.
These pagoda-like Dorje Shugden stupas are extremely beneficial as they attract many other Buddhists of different traditions to make offerings and receive the blessings and assistance of Dorje Shugden. Although the external structure of a pagoda and the more common Tibetan stupa are different, in essence they do not differ, as what constitutes a stupa is its internal symmetry and space.
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