Under the direction of Lama Karma Chötso, resident teacher of Kagyu Shedrup Chöling,and the collaboration of the Kagyu Taryei Chöling Sangha, a Stupa of Reconciliation is being built near Tarapoto-Peru. Traditionally, the Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind of the Buddha and, as such, is a method for harmonizing, purifying, and balancing the elements of the environment thereby benefiting all inhabitants.
In India and Tibet, stupas were built as reliquaries for the relics of the Buddha and enlightened masters who followed his Path. They are repositories of positive energy, objects of homage for the accumulation of merit, guards against natural disasters such as earthquakes and storms, and agents of balance in areas scourged by war or disease. Thus, stupas can create a protective barrier of sanity and positive energy in the face of aggression and destruction.
During the decade of 80-90s, in the area of the Peruvian jungle surrounding Lamas, inhabitants suffered the devastating violence of Shining Path. The Stupa of Reconciliation will have a powerful effect restoring the balance of the interpersonal, social, cultural, and environmental wounds that this area went through during the Shining Path years of terrorism.
Since 2013, a group of Buddhist practitioners of diverse traditions and their supporters have been working hard to build the Great Stupa of Reconciliation and a meditation centre in Rumisapa, a district in Lamas, San Martin, Peru. Stupas are structures that have been built for thousands of years, representing the highest potential of the mind, and bringing peace, harmony, health, and happiness to their surroundings. With this project, residents and visitors will be able to access teachings, meditation instruction, and retreats. Beginning with the very basics of meditation practice, we can start to calm our destructive emotions and cultivate an altruistic mind oriented to creating peaceful, mutually supportive relationships with others.
In the Tibetan view, a human body possesses pathways and focal points of energy that control health and balance within the organs and within the organism as a whole. The earth, too, possesses channels of energy flow and “vortexes of power” that are of great importance in the proper functioning and prosperity of any region. These extend throughout the earth, promoting health and the flourishing of the entire planet.
Just as when imbalances and energy blockages in the human body that lead to pain and illness are treated with holistic healing techniques, building structures such as stupas and hermitages in places that are connected to histories of trauma (natural or man-made) can be a powerfully restorative force.
These are some of the ways in which the construction of a stupa can have unlimited, inconceivable effects:
Most ecological views and programs aim at conservation and protection. The Buddhist view emphasizes a relationship of reciprocity between the earth and those who rely on or derive benefit from it. Building structures such as stupas and facilities for meditation practice and ritual are unique ways of actually giving back to the earth – not only protecting the sanctity of the earth and restoring the natural balance, but actually enhancing the prosperity of the environment and its inhabitants.
A stupa is a symbol and expression of focused human intention to strive to realize one’s greatest potential in order to give back the fruits of that achievement so that all others might also realize their fullest potential. It is a finite, tangible artifact and undertaking in the service of unlimited, universal ennoblement.
Larger stupas contain a sanctuary within them that serve as sacred spaces for individual or group meditation and spiritual practice. By participating in the building of a stupa or visiting such a sacred site, the blessing and power that is communicated to the environment also becomes an immediate felt experience that purifies and enriches one’s own body and mind, leading to the realization of one’s innermost nature as completely perfect awakened awareness.
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