As you might know already, the EC is soon going to have its own stupa, thanks to the generous Sangha of Bern/Switzerland. To be perfectly prepared for our stupa’s transport and installation at the Europe Center later this year, some of us went to the beautiful retreat center in Amden, where it is stored at the moment.
A stupa is a vivid monument to the enlightened mind, a Buddhist monument for peace, prosperity, harmony of the world and an ideal place to learn, reflect, and meditate. According to the Buddhist teachings there are eight different types of Tibetan Stupas. Each of them represents an event of Buddha Shakyamuni’s life story. The Enlightenment Stupa (tib.: Chang Chub Chorten) symbolizes the achievement of Buddha’s enlightenment, the nature of a fully awakened mind.
Our future EC stupa was inaugurated by Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche. Since the beautiful new Buddhist Center in Bern did not come with a place outside where the stupa could be, the Berners gave it as a generous gift to the Europe Center. The stupa will be inaugurated by Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche after the Summer course.
Situated in breathtaking scenery above the bright turquoise Walensee lake, surrounded by the Swiss mountains rising up to 4000 meters, the Buddhist Retreat Center Amden provides perfect conditions for meditation retreats. The few hours we had in Amden we definitely made the most of. We spent the time talking to the Swiss friends experienced with installing and maintaining a stupa similar to ours, cleaning and measuring the parts of the stupa, being shown around the place by our friendly hosts and meditating together in the beautiful gompa.
If you would like to find out more about Amden, please visit their website.