On the 19th of July, Most Venerable Master Hai Tao (Taiwan) together with Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Khenpo Namgyal (Nepal) and Geshe Rigyal (Berlin) blessed the Kadam Stupa in the inauguration ceremony which was attended by 200 participants.
The Stupa at the Bodhicharya Centre for Peace and Understanding, the first authentic Tibetan type of a Stupa in Berlin, constructed, filled and decorated according to ancient lineage instructions, it was dedicated to healing the environment and overcoming obstacles to world peace.
A Stupa (or ‘Cho-ten’ – Tibetan for ‘basis of offerings’) is a 2,500 year old tradition introduced and taught by Buddha Sakyamuni to help transform and purify imbalance in the environment. The measurements of the outer form have to be extremely precise and the inner contents specific and properly placed and consecrated. Much of the building process demands that those involved should either be ordained monks and nuns, or maintain vows of ethical conduct, and for some parts of the process should repeat prayers continuously. All these specific instructions were observed in the building of the Stupa in the heart of Berlin.
Fulfilling these instructions creates an energy field that purifies and balances the internal and external elements of Earth, Fire, Air, Water and Space, that compose the universe.