STUPA PADMASAMBHAVA        

STUPA PADMASAMBHAVA 

is a Buddhist Vajrayana stupa in Central Java, Indonesia. Located between the famous ancient 8th Century Buddhist stupas (locally known as candi): Candi Borobudur (2.25 km to the southeast), Candi Mendut (1.85 km to the southwest) and Candi Pawon (1 km to the Southeast).  


The stupa is currently being built on the 20.000 meter square area complex in the Borobudur vicinity, with the completion of the stupa is expected around end of the year 2014. 


The stupa is located at the meeting of the sacred Praga river and Elo river, where the beauty of the nature manifests itself as a sacred mandala, and emanating its outer, inner, and secret spiritual blessings for the practitioners and common people like us to benefit from.


The stupa is destined to be built  on the sacred piece of land (mandala) in Borobudur vicinity to complete what was there during the 8th century era where Vajrayana Buddhism was the main practice of Buddhism. Candi Borobudur was constructed between 750 and 825 CE, the peak of the Sailendra dynasty in central Java, when it was under the influence of the Srivijayan Empire. The construction has been estimated to have taken 75 years and been completed during the reign of Samaratungga in 825.

 

It was around the same era when Padmasambhava brought Buddhism to the land of Tibet and established the Vajrayana Buddhism along with Santarasikta and Vimalamitra.  Santarasikta was indeed highly regarded Bengal Buddhist scholar from Nalanda,  an important place where the Syailendra dynasty  had a strong connection to its Buddhism Vajrayana root. 


Atisha, the priest who brought the 2nd wave of renewal of Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet,  studied Vajrayana Buddhism in Srivijaya Kingdom in year 1011 from his root teacher, Dharmarkirti of Svarnadipa, prior to his arrival in the land of Tibet.  During his twelve years stay in Svarnadipa, Atisha visited candi Borobudur in the year 1012, and lived there for a while.  Thus the roots of  Vajrayana Buddhism in Indonesia and Tibet has strong interconnection relation.


The stupa will stand 88 feet high (26 meter) symbolizing the primordial Adi Buddha, and Padmadsambava with his 25 main disciples. The shape of the stupa will resemble to the Boudhanath stupa. 


The holy stupa is the embodiment of the Three Jewels, and the Body, Speech, and Mind of the Buddha. It also represents the Trikaya bodies of Buddha. It is meant to liberate us and to bring benefit to all the sentient beings in all realms. 

 


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