The great Stupa Bon for world peace
Chamma Ling, Valle de Bravo
The great Stupa Bon for world peace is dedicated to the Venerable Lopon Senge Tenzin, master Dzogchen of the V. Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, and Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoché.
It is the second Stupa Bön built in Mexico, and is the largest of this lineage in the West. It has a height of 34 m and a surface area of 400 m2.
A Stupa or Chorten is a symbolic representation of the mind of Buddha or enlightened mind and also represents the stages of the path to enlightenment. It is also a source of blessings since it contains relics which to radiate its blessings, favor the achievements in practitioners. In short, it represents the spiritual path to enlightenment Dharma practitioners.
All sentient beings have the potential to transcend our ignorance and reach enlightenment or the State of Buddha. The State of Buddha or Natural State of mind means a State of pure, clear and bright consciousness where the dual perception of reality has transcended and there is a direct perception of the same, that does not interfere the intellect. This leads to a State of wisdom where the qualities of love and compassion toward all beings, manifested spontaneously.
While the ordinary, confused and ignorant mind is purified, is transcending this darkness and revealing the wisdom. Each achievement of wisdom is an advance on the spiritual path of the Yungdrung Bön. Thus, the Stupa is the representation of "progress" in the form of ascension.
The Stupa is a cosmic mandala in three dimensions, which represents the spiritual path, the last essence: the liberation. Upward, the Stupa has several structures that symbolize the "rise in wisdom" to the liberation which is the peak; all the Bön practices are related to these stages of the path of the practitioner.
Birth of the project
The project was born when the Venerable Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche asked his disciple, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, carry out their dream: the construction of a large Stupa for world peace. Tenzin Wangyal Rínpoche shared it with the Mexican sangha, asking for their collaboration and participation.
Bon in Mexico Community embraced this dream, did own and pledged to carry out guided by our master Lama Tenzin Wangyal Rínpoche joyful effort.
“My vision is to be a space where people can go to learn, to investigate, to translate, to edit, to write and to heal, a place where you may have experiences for spiritual development and for the soul grow.” (TWR)
In 1999, during his first trip to Mexico, H.H. Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche visited the land in Valle de Bravo, to bless the land where it would build the stupa.
A year later visited us the Venerable Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche (Lopon), met with the Mexican Committee for the construction of the Stupa, he explained the symbolism of every aspect and gave detailed instructions for its construction. Yongdzin Rínpoche chose, among 120 different forms of Stupas, the design most appropriate for built in Mexico.
Before the soil for excavation and do the foundations made a series of ceremonies and practices permission to make purifications to the place. For this they arrived from Nepal, Geshe Tenzin Yeshe, Geshe Nyma Ödzer and Lama Kalsang Nyima, who carried out the necessary rituals. The first ceremony was held the September 18, 2005.
After several years the conditions were giving so construction started: necessary permissions were granted by the Government, a group of practitioners committed to donate money for the start of the work and the Sangha showed his total commitment to building, raising funds through annual auctions, you raffles and carrying out cultural events across the country. As construction progressed, different ceremonies and finally the consecration took place.
On 4 of December 2010 we had the honor to the great event of the consecration, to the Venerable Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak accompanied by Khenpo Tenpa Yungdrung Rínpoche, Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and other teachers and monks. We also have the presence of our dear Tulku Pondse Jigme Tenzin (Jorge Rene Valles) as well as several representatives of different Buddhist traditions present in Mexico. Accompanied by our brothers in the national and international Sangha we celebrate with great joy the consecration of the Stupa.
The Stupa now
From the consecration of the Stupa, we keep working on its interior, now with art and decoration.
Yungdrung Lodoe, born in Tibet, great artist, painter of mandalas and thangkas was invited to Mexico in January 2011 by Tenzin Wangyal Rínpoche to develop the mandala of the great Stupa. Since then he lives in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, working on this project.
Lama Kalsang, in addition to being the resident Lama and impart teachings, is a monk with a great training in arts. They are in charge of art and decoration, currently.
Visits and schedules
The Stupa can be visited from Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m..
On Monday, it will remain closed.
When activities such as seminars or retreats take place it is not possible to visit it. You can consult our web page where reporting dates of the activities it carried out, time that is not open for visits.
Activities that are performed for the public in general
Every Sunday at 12:30 am. There are meditation guided by our resident Lama Kalsang Nyima and Yungdrung Lodoe or a umdze (practical guide).
Acknowledgements and donations
Ligmincha Mexico, non-profit association whose goal is to preserve the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism Bon, appreciated and thanks to our teachers, the Sangha and all the friends who, with their effort, your support and your donations, made possible appears to a dream. Ligmincha Mexico, is committed to continue its important work so Chamma Ling continues to grow and the Stupa continue living. With the help of partners like you, the teachings of the most ancient culture of Tibet will continue to flourish for the benefit of all beings. Many thanks again to everyone!