Commissioned Building a Stupa at Werawella Temple

16 Aug 2015 By Edwards Foundation
Photo showing a ceremony at the Stupa commissioned by the Edwards.

Stupas play a central role in Buddhist belief; they symbolically represent the five elements of life, i.e. earth, air, water, fire and space. Dissecting the architecture, the ground square base is the representation of earth, the large canopy represents the air, the round dome represents water, the cone shape of the stupa represents fire, and the volume of the stupa represents space.

To build a stupa, transmission, a custom in which a person is established as a successor in a lineage of teachers, and ceremonies from a Buddhist teacher is necessary. Which kind of Stupa to be constructed in a certain area is decided together with the teacher assisting in the construction. Sometimes the type of stupa chosen is directly connected with events that have taken place in the area.

Building a stupa is viewed tremendously positively, leaving very positive karmic imprints in the mind, and is also very important as a place of meditation.