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Eight Stupas / Tchörten

Representing eight important events in the life of Buddha

Stupa
  1. The Lotus Blossom Stupa:
    Buddha's Birth in the Lumbini Garden at Kapilavastu in Northern India in the 6th Century BCE.

  2. The Stupa of the Descent from Tushita Heaven
    Maya Devi, the Buddha's mother, was reborn in a God realm called Tushita Heaven where he taught his mother the path to enlightenment. This stupa represents Buddha's return from the celestial realms in order to continue teaching the path to enlightenment.

  3. The Enlightenment Stupa:
    Buddha's Atteinment of Enlightenment at age 35. After meditating 49 days under a tree at Bodhgaya, Buddha understood the true nature of all phenomena and realized that all sentient beings without exception have the same potential for enlightenment, the "Buddha Nature".

  4. The Stupa of Turning the Wheel of Dharma
    Teaching at Sarnath After attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya the Buddha went to Sarnath; and it was here that he preached his first discourse in the deer park to set in motion the 'Wheel of the Dharma'. It is one of the most holy sites as in this place the stream of the Buddha's teaching first flowed. Above the entrance gate of almost all Tibetan Buddhist monasteries you can find today the wheel of dharma flanked by two gazelles.

  5. The Great Miracle Stupa
    This stupa commemorates the Buddha's display of miracles at Shravasti where he was challenged to demonstrate his realization and performed a different miracle every day for 15 days.
  6. Buddha's resolution of a dispute among the sangha. Buddha's prolonging of his life by three months after one of his disciples had pleaded him not to pass away.

  7. The Stupa of Reconciliation
    Buddha's resolution of a dispute among the sangha.

  8. The Stupa of Complete Victory
    Buddha's prolonging of his life by three months after one of his disciples had pleaded him not to pass away.

  9. The Parinivana Stupa:
    Buddha's passing unto nirvana, a stateof true peace which is beyond death. With his final words, the Buddha urged his followers to be diligent in their efforts to attain enlightenment. Lying on his right side and in a state of profound meditation, the Buddha left the world and passed into nirvana.