1ª Stupa Bön en Chamma Ling Torreón, Coahuila
The first Bön Stupa ever built in the west was constructed at Torreon, Coahuila. It has 18 meters high with a surface of 100 meters.
It is located inside Chamma Ling Torreon, a lively retreat center that leaves marks of joy, peace and wellbeing to all its visitors.
Stupas have always represented the enlightened mind and are a powerful buddhist symbol. They are built according to universal principles and represent the power of wisdom from ancient lineages, this is why Stupas bring harmony and balance to the world.
The relics that are sealed in insude them along with blessings and prayers, magnify their ability and capacity to dilute negative forces in body, mind and speech as well as of nature and our surroundings.
Stupas turn offerings into merits that open the spiritual path so that that which we aspire to becomes true. No matter what belief or religion, those who syntonize with a Stupa and its meaning can obtain the power of transformation that comes with enlightenment, a mind free of obstacles in its fullest capacity.
Giving Brith to the Project
In 2003 a group full of energy and enthusiasm arrived at Valle de Bravo and had a very good connection with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. During this retreat the group decided to créate a Sangha and a meditation group in their city and they expressed their will to build Stupa in Torreon. Tenzin Wangyal supported their idea because of the group´s seriousness and commitment. Gaby and Carlos Madero traveled to Nepal.
To receive the blessings and support from Venerable Yongzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.
On the 16th of may of 2005 the first ritual took place; Blessing the Earth. Geshe Nyima Ödzer and Geshe Nyima Kunkyab arrived all the way from Triten Norbutse Monastery at katmandu to Torreon in order to realice the necessary rituals and ceremonias, they chose the place where the first foundations were built. Later, lama Kalsang Nyima and Geshe Tenzin Geshe arrived to support the next ceremonies.
While the ceremonies were taking place mexican Sanghas elaborated small sculptures called Tsas tsa as offerings. These figures were stuffed with medicine herbs blessed by the geshes. Prayers of Guru Yoga, Refuge and Boddhicita were sung as well as a special mantra for acheiving the offer. There was also a visualization of Shenla Odkar´s Refuge Tree, purifying all sintient beings. The Stupa was ready on the 16th of October of 2005 and lama Kalsang procede to paint and decorate it with a beautiful image of Tapihritsa, the Eight Auspicious Symbols and the majestic mandala of Shenla Odkar. In february 2006 the Stupa was consecrated.
On february 12th 2006, covered by the intensity of a vast blue sky and a luminous sunlight, in the presence of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, Geshe Nyima Kunkyab and Geshe Tenzin Yeshe, the Ceremony of Consecration of the first Stupa built in America took place.
Retreat Center at Chamma Ling, Torreon-Coahuila
Casco de la Antigua Hacienda del EJIDO PAZ.
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