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8th June 2017
We are happy to inform all friends through out the world, that construction of the 9000 Buddhas Mahabodhi Relic Stupa of Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup Risel had commenced on the 4th of May 2017.
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By Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Success depends on how much merit you have accumulated. This applies to success in life in general, and to success in the practices that you do in order to achieve the ultimate happiness of liberation and enlightenment. The whole of your success depends on your merit. In our everyday life, it is wise to attempt to create the cause of success as much as we can.

In the Guhyasamaja text (one of the higher tantras) it says: “A stupa is a palace where all the buddhas are abiding. Those beings who don’t have the karma actually to see buddha need the holy objects of body, speech and mind – statues, scriptures, stupas – as a field for accumulating merit.”

The benefits you receive from building a stupa equal the number of atoms of the stupa and these benefits exist as long as the stupa exists.

Sentient beings accumulate extensive merit by making offerings to holy objects, and from this merit happiness comes.

As soon as a thangka or statue of the Buddha or stupa is completed, in that very second it becomes an object with which beings can create the cause of happiness. Having one more holy object gives sentient beings one more opportunity to create merit.

The continued existence and flourishing of the teachings of the Buddha depend upon the continued existence of the holy objects of Buddha.

The teachings exist in the mind, so how can their existence depend on the existence of these external holy objects? You have to think about this – you have to understand this. It is not easy to have the scriptural understanding and realizations of the teachings in our mind. In order to actualize the teachings of Buddha within your mind through the practices of listening, reflecting and meditating, you need to have a lot of merit. The most powerful merit one can accumulate, and accumulate very easily, is in relation to holy objects of the Buddha. By making statues and stupas and making offerings to them one accumulates inconceivable merit, which immediately becomes the cause of enlightenment.

The purpose of making holy objects is not only so that the person who makes them can complete their collection of merit; it also gives many other sentient beings, who do not have the karma actually to meet Buddha and make offerings to him, the opportunity to make offerings to the holy body, holy speech, holy mind.

In this way sentient beings make connection with Buddha and accumulate the merit of having actually made offerings to Buddha. This connection with Buddha is very important.

From a teaching at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala, India; reprinted from Chenrezig Institute News, Oct/Nov 1995.


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