Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, der spirituelle Direktor des Zentrums, hält sich nach langer Abwesenheit wieder in Berlin auf und beginnt erneut den Buddhismus in Deutschland und Europa zu lehren.
Hier eine interessante Dokumentation in englischer Sprache über die frühe Geschichte der Stupas in Indien:
The film explains how the find was made, and that nothing had been found like it before in India, or since. The film also confirms that the urn and inscription (in Brahmi not Sanskrit) were made 150 years after the Buddha passed away and yet the relics were those of the Buddha. After another archeaological dig at the site in the 1970s, an even older burial was found underneath which was from the time of the Buddha and was most likely the place where the Shakyas had originally buried the relics at the time of his passing. The Stone coffer casket, containing the urn were most likely created by Ashoka and added into the burial site to give due honour to the relics.
“Today, at the place where the Buddha passed into Parinirvana, in a beautiful park stands a modern shrine erected by Pandit Nehru, housing a large recumbent white statue of the Buddha (see photograph), which had been installed at Kushinagar by the monk Haribhadra during the reign of King Kumaragupta (415-56 CE), the alleged founder of Nalanda Monastery. When discovered late in the last century, the statue was broken but it has now been restored. A few hundred meters away, on finds the ruins of a large stupa, now called Ramabhar, which marks the place of the cremation.