DEFINITIVE STUPAS FOR FPMT
Ven. Roger, FPMT Chairman, suggested it could be worthwhile for me to set up website about stupas which would eventually be linked to fpmt.org in some way. So, this is the percursor!
I have taken an interest in stupa construction for some years and finally built a 2m high one in our garden in Nepal. I took as a basis the Enlightenment stupa grid produced by Ven. Tenpa Choden, manager of Kopan gompa in Nepal, which hs been widely used within the FPMT. On the direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, that grid was drawn on the basis of a text which which was in Serkong Dorje Chang's monastery in Nepal. Some corrections were made after consulting a Gudmed tantric college text about stupas. The drawings of the other 7 types of stupas were produced on the basis of that Enlightenment stupa grid after consulting the Gyudmed text and seeking further advice from Rinpoche.
These drawings are an attempt to produce architectural drawings for stupa construction, as the traditional Tibetan grids are often confusing when they attempt to depict 3 dimensions on a 2 dimensional drawing.
If I can be of assistance please feel free to email me.
Dharmapāla bhikshu (Uldis Balodis)
The 2m high Enlightenment stupa in our garden.
The 4 pillars with lions were added on the instructions of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche (sometimes seen in front of Newari temples in Nepal).
The terracotta brick-clad base contains 2500 tsa.tsas