The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is a hidden gem in Bendigo. This local attraction is set to be the largest stupa in the Western World. Named and blessed by the Dalai Lama, it’s designed to last at least 1000 years.
It will be 50 metres square at it’s base and nearly 50 metres high.
A Stupa is a kind of temple for the Buddhist religion, an architectural symbol representing the awakened mind of the Buddha. It is said that every sentient being coming into contact with a Stupa will benefit.
What makes it even more amazing is that it has been entirely funded by donations, reaching some 20 million so far.
While the stupa itself is still under construction, you can enjoy a guided tour through the site and the large area of tranquil and flourishing gardens surrounding the site.
You may be amazed by the grandeur of the building but it’s the sense of tranquility and serenity which is the thing everyone remembers. The atmosphere is one of community, collective reverence and thoughtful reflection.
Make sure you take an introductory tour on the ever fascinating philosophy and religion of Buddhism or even learn how to meditate.
The Great Stupa site is usually open for visitors from 9am – 5pm weekdays and 10:30am to 5.00pm weekends and public holidays. For more information visit the website.
Image courtesy of http://www.stupa.org.au/