Padma Samye Jetavan: The Miracle Stupa for World Peace
Padma Samye Jetavan was dedicated in 2004. It is located in Jetavan Grove in Shravasti, where Buddha Shakyamuni resided and taught for 24 years during the rainy season and performed many miracles for 15 days. The first miracle stupa was erected in commemoration of these remarkable displays.
However, due to tragedy and invasions, the original stupa was reduced to ruins. It was the long-time wish and lifelong vision of the Venerable Khenpo Rinpoches to restore the magnificence of this holy site.
Rising 100 feet into the sky, the Great Miracle Stupa commemorates Lord Buddha’s activities in this auspicious location, and is just 5 miles from the original stupa. Intended to last 1,000 years, radiating the energy of love and compassion to all beings, the rebuilt stupa temple houses a large stone Buddha and is made of the finest materials available in India today.
A collection of relics representing Buddha’s body, speech, and mind are housed in its core, as well as precious and sacred objects from Tibet and special acupuncture locations across the world.
Representing Buddha’s body are three solid granite statues of Buddha Shakyamuni, in sizes ranging from three to five feet, hand-carved by highly skilled craftsmen specifically for this purpose. Additionally, there are many small statues of Buddha and Guru Rinpoche, along with many tsa tsas of Buddhist deities such as Amitabha, Guru Padmasambhava, Chenrezig, Buddha Shakyamuni, and Tara.
Representing Buddha’s speech are hundreds of copies of the entire Kangyur and Tangyur and 21 copies of the Rinchen Terzod, a collection of terma teachings of Buddha, Guru Padmasambhava, and other great masters of India and Tibet, all on CD-ROM. Speech is also represented by millions of mantras of Guru Padmasambhava, Amitabha, Chenrezig, Manjushri, Tara, Akshobya, Buddha Shakyamuni, Vajrasattva, and many others.
Representing Buddha’s mind are more than 100,000 tsa tsas of the eight great stupas, as well as dorjes, bells, phurbas, and other secret ritual objects.
The central chamber contains many rare and precious relics, such as pieces of clothing worn by Guru Rinpoche, handwriting of Yeshe Tsogyal and the great translator Vairochana, hair and many personal objects belonging to His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, bone relics from Longchenpa and many great tertons, and a Buddha Kashyapa terma fragment. Precious stones, waters from holy lakes, and blessed objects complete the auspicious contents of the Miracle Stupa.
Managed by one full-time resident monk and an Indian caretaker, the temple is open daily and is a pilgrimage and practice site for many Indians and tourists.
As Buddha Shakyamuni told in the Sutra teachings, if you build a temple or stupa that represents the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha, it will bring tremendous merit. Even when it is gone, the dust of this place will continue to generate merit and benefit to all those connected to this project. According to that, we dedicate this merit.
By this merit may all obtain omniscience.
May it defeat the enemy, wrong-doing.
From the stormy waves of birth, old age, sickness, and death,
From the ocean of samsara, may I free all beings.
May this virtuous merit advance the teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni – particularly the Nyingma teachings.
May this merit radiate to all donors, supporters and their friends.
May all their heartfelt wishes be fulfilled according to bodhichitta and may they have long life, joy, peace, realizations, and good health.
May this merit bring long life and limitless Dharma activities to all the holders of the Buddha’s teaching.
May this merit bring long life to His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, the spiritual and secular leader of Tibet. May it bring the fulfillment of his peace mission and that of all other peacemakers of the world.
May this merit fulfill the vision to regain the freedom of Tibet through the means of peace and truth.
May all domestic and wild animals who now suffer in the animal realm, may this be their last karmic rebirth, and may they attain higher rebirth and enlightenment.
May all beings find joy, peace, and the fulfillment of their wishes, and be guided throughout their lifetime by the Three Jewels, and may they all reach buddhahood.
May the elements become balanced.
May there be an end to natural disasters, war, famine, and sickness.
May this world have peace and be blessed with a shining and everlasting Golden Age.
If you would like to contribute to the preservation of this sacred monument, please send your check or money order made payable to “PBC” to:
Padma Samye Ling
Attn: Miracle Stupa
618 Buddha Highway
Sidney Center, NY 13839
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