to Protect and Preserve Tradition and Culture in Tibet
someone has been separated by exile or emigration from their homeland
for one or two generations they may change completely. We all adapt
to our immediate culture and environment, but in an increasingly
materialistic world that often means cultural poverty and spiritual
ignorance. After three or four generations we feel a need to rediscover
our roots in the same way that an adopted child will one day wish
to know their biological parents. Everyone has a physical and spiritual
need to connect with their heritage and understand their historical
Tibet a Stupa is immediately recognised as the embodiment of the
Body Speech and Mind of all the Buddhas. Tourists or those from
other cultures and religions also experience the blessing of a connection
with a stupa. First they will look, they will comment, curiosity
aroused they will walk around it and then they will be drawn to
the study and practise of compassion and wisdom. In this way a stupa
has an inconceivably positive effect on everyone who sees it and
also balances the whole environment.
Tulku Rinpoche is the founder of ROKPA INTERNATIONAL, a charitable
Trust that has been working to benefit Tibet for 16 years, funding
schools, orphanages, healthcare, medical colleges, environmental
projects and projects to protect and preserve Tibetan culture. As
a result of this experience Akong Rinpoche and his Trustees feel
that in order to benefit Tibet in the long term it is now very necessary
to build around 108 Stupas that will mark historically and culturally
important places that might otherwise be forgotten.
stupas will also be memorials to great spiritual teachers. These
sites will be recognised as holy and the history of the masters'
achievements and important national and local events recorded for
generations to come. This will generate a source of income for local
people through attracting pilgrims and tourists and consequently
protect the environment and local resources from over exploitation,
such as deforestation. It will ensure that the spiritual and cultural
heritage of Tibet is preserved in that area as the life story of
that particular saint, all they offered and achieved, will be carved
in stone on the Stupa itself. These Stupas will also help those
who wish to understand and research Tibetan history both inside
and outside Tibet, providing accurate records which cannot easily
be lost or destroyed.
stupas generate loving kindness and compassion they will benefit
the places where they are built while those who sponsor the stupas
will also benefit by the accumulating a great store of merit.
Stupa will be on average between 3 and 4 storeys high (i.e. between
9 and 13 metres) and will cost £40 - 50 thousand pounds to
build, fill consecrate, carve and decorate,. We are hoping to begin
the project this year and thereafter build a few more each year.
to make this possible will also be preserving and protecting the
essence of the Buddha's teachings and a culture that is a great
force for World Peace. This is an immeasurably positive way to provide
a transforming and healing energy not only for Tibet but, through
the power of interdependence, for the whole world.
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